CEA Study Abroad

CEA Study Abroad

About

With 26 destinations across 15 countries, CEA Study Abroad offers an ideal balance of academics, internships, and adventure to more than 4,000 students each year. Find out where learning abroad can take you by clicking the “Visit Site” button and exploring our many options.

Why study abroad or complete an internship abroad? Because as you study or intern abroad, you will develop new interests, weigh what you value, and develop marketable skills. As you take courses abroad and explore career options through an internship, you’ll gain a positive outlook on future employment, set career goals that align with your interests and talents, and develop a vision for your future.

Since 1997, CEA Study Abroad has provided high-quality international academic programs and services. At CEA, we support you from the moment you apply to the day you return home. Along the way, you’ll learn to communicate across cultures and earn academic credit while gaining valuable skills.

Founded
1997
Headquarters

2999 N. 44th St.
Ste 200
Phoenix, AZ 85018
United States

Scholarships

CEA Scholarships
CEA Scholarships and Financial Aid

Studying abroad will change your life, improve your employability, and enhance your global competence. That's why we commit more than $2.0 million each year to our financial and scholarship programs.

Value
$400 - $3,000

Reviews

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Jackie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying in Dublin, Ireland was the best decision I have ever made. Now, most people would probably say that after spending a month in another country exploring and learning about the local culture. However, this program is special because it was with CEA. The staff from CEA was willing to help me more than my own university! My program visited Galway for a weekend with a trip to the Cliffs of Moher and we also visited Belfast on a day trip to learn about the Troubles. Without CEA planning some trips, it would have been much more expensive to travel to all of the big attractions that Ireland offers. It was nice to be picked up outside of our housing, hop on a bus and be taken to our destination!
By studying through my home university and partnering with CEA, I was eligible for a scholarship from CEA which helped lower the overall costs. There are many scholarships available making your dream to study abroad possible and CEA is willing to help you!
If you have ever considered studying abroad, talk to CEA and your home university study abroad office and it can happen!

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the housing as I had a few issues with the cleanliness. However, all of my other friends had no issues at all! They are student apartments so they are conducive to learning in a foreign country.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Jackie! We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful experience in Dublin with CEA. Your insight will help guide future students when researching their own study abroad programs! Be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you’re in Ireland, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors! We are always looking to improve our programs, so if you have any further feedback you’d like to share, please get in touch!

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Jeremy
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

My experience in Italy was amazing. This program offered so many opportunities for students to create amazing experiences. The CEA staff and professors offer a lot of support for students during the courses offered.

I met some wonderful friends that I still keep in touch with. This program gave us many weekends to travel around Italy and view historic sites, eat delicious foods, and enjoy and soak in a refreshing and different culture.

I would very much recommend this amazing opportunity if you love exploring something new and historic!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Make sure to plan your travels ahead of time to make the most of your weekends!
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Jeremy! We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful experience in Rome with CEA. Your insight will help guide future students when researching their own study abroad programs! Be sure to stop by and say “ciao” the next time you’re in Italy, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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Angela
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Going into the program I was nervous as I had never done anything like this before but once I arrived I quickly became comfortable. The staff become like parents and are there when you have any questions about the area or ideas of what to do around the area.Going into the program I had anxiety about being that far away from home but felt very welcomed by the staff and other people in the program. I wish I could go back and be a little less nervous and do more but I got to experience everything I wanted to while in London.

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Angela, thank you for your review! We are glad to hear your anxiousness dissipated once you got settled in London -- it’s definitely time to plan a trip back soon! We are glad your experience with CEA was a positive and memorable one, and be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in London!

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Andrew
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I throughly enjoyed my time abroad. I met some of my best friends while there. We continue to travel the world together. My roommates taught me so many things about their own culture while I taught them mine. The program director was absolutely amazing she was able to help us in a moments notice and she was fluent in English, French, and German. She made us feel very welcome and answered all of our questions via email before we even arrived. I would highly recommend this program. Antibes was very safe all of the time. We never felt like we had to be on edge.

What would you improve about this program?
The school that we went to was very difficult based on how it was set up. I enjoyed the materials that we talked about in my classes, however it was very difficult to understand some of the professors or figure out how to contact them. They rarely checks their email or answered our questions. Most of the classwork was group projects. And there was a little homework for most of the grading was done through the tests and exams that we had.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Andrew! We are glad to hear you had a wonderful experience in the French Riviera with CEA. We value your candid feedback and are always working to improve our programs for our students – if you would like to share any other feedback about your time abroad, we would love to hear from you at StudentFeedback@ceastudyabroad.com. Thank you for sharing your perspective and your wonderful photos – we wish you all the best and hope you’ll stop by and say “bonjour” the next time you’re in France!

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Crista
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA Study Abroad is an incredible company. The whole process - from applying to the program, to arriving and finally leaving - was seamless. The staff is incredibly supportive, helpful and kind. The building was beautiful, and in an incredible location near the center of the city. My classes at CEA we’re both interesting and reasonable. I felt like I learned loads of useful information in them, but I never felt overwhelmed with school work. I felt safe and supported during my entire stay in Spain. Thanks CEA!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Explore everything on your to-do list while you can, the time flies by quickly! Try new things, adventure, and put yourself out there EVERY DAY...you won’t regret it!
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough review, Crista! We so appreciate seeing your incredible photos and hearing your kind words about your CEA Seville program as well as our wonderful staff. Your advice to future students will help guide them through their own study abroad experiences! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you’re in Seville!

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Alumni Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with verified alumni.

Alexis O'Sullivan

Alexis loves traveling and has studied abroad in Paris and Sydney. She's always looking for new ways to share her experiences with others.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose this program because it allowed me to intern while I was taking classes. I wanted a program that would help me find job placement and did not require me to be fluent in the language of the country I was studying in. I also liked that their campus was right in the center of Paris, surrounded by museums, shops, and restaurants.

What did your program provider (or university) assist you with, and what did you have to organize on your own?

My program provider and university assisted me with placing me in an internship, registering me for classes, and choosing a place to live, along with who my roommates would be. All I had to organize for myself was my flight, and food (meal plans are not provided). I was provided instructions with how to obtain a visa, but had to get one on my own.

What is one piece of advice you'd give to someone going on your program?

One piece of advice I'd give to someone going on this program is to take advantage of every opportunity that comes your way. There are days where the weather is going to be cold or rainy, and you may be tempted to stay inside, but make sure you are making the most of your time abroad. Your semester will fly by before you know it!

What does an average day/week look like as a participant of this program?

As a participant of the study/internship program, you will spend about 9-12 hours a week in class and about 12-15 hours at your internship.

Most classes are only Monday-Thursday but I had my internship seminar on Friday mornings and I sometimes worked afternoons or nights on the weekends. However, I still got off from my job for spring break and internships only last for the first few months of the program, so you will still have plenty of time to travel.

Going into your experience abroad, what was your biggest fear, and how did you overcome it? How did your views on the issue change?

My biggest fear going abroad was the language barrier.

I had taken a few years of French in high school, but am far from fluent, so I was worried about making a fool of myself when talking to locals. I overcame my fear by taking another French class while I was abroad and practicing as much as I could. Anytime I was in a shop or restaurant I would use as little English as possible. I realized that people were appreciative of my effort and did not feel as bad about struggling and was encouraged to keep trying.

What is one thing that surprised you abroad?

I was very surprised at the café culture.

At first, I wanted to be in and out of a cafe as quick as possible. I just wanted to finish my meal and continue on with my day. It was frustrating to not constantly be checked on and see if I needed my bill. However, I came to appreciate how long I could sit at a table and enjoy myself unbothered, and by the end of the semester, my friends and I would find ourselves spending hours in cafés.

Staff Interviews

These are in-depth Q&A sessions with program leaders.

Sara Ferrero

Job Title
Student Services Advisor
Sara has a degree in Media Studies from the University Carlos III de Madrid and studied abroad in California at California State University, Long Beach (CSULB) for her junior year. She loves traveling, learning new things and working with students.

Did YOU study abroad?! If so, where and what inspired you to go?

I studied abroad in California at CSULB. My first interest in studying abroad came from wanting to improve my English. Moreover, I have always been really interested in America, its culture and the many beautiful places the country has to offer.

What country have you always wanted to visit?

After visiting America, my new obsession is Australia. I would love to be able to spend some time there and discover all the wonderful landscapes that it has.

Why is language learning and cultural immersion important to you?

Being able to speak other languages is crucial in several aspects of your life; it is a key factor for everyone's professional career while, at the same time, it is a personal challenge that brings joy and confidence when achieved.

How have you changed/grown since working for your current company?

I have grown both professionally and personally since I started working for CEA. As my first job, working for CEA has taught me how to manage myself in a professional environment, how to take responsibility, and how to react while working under pressure.