CEA Study Abroad

CEA Study Abroad

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About

With 22 destinations across 13 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

702 E Osborn Rd
Ste 200
Phoenix, AZ 85014
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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Shannon
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I studied abroad with CEA in Seville, Spain in fall 2019. Having never even been outside the country before, I wasn't sure quite what to expect, but this program exceeded my every expectation. The staff is so supportive and really takes the time to get to know students. Academics were very relevant to local life in Seville as well as my major (strategic communication) and minors (Spanish & video). I visited so many cool places and emerged with new friends & a broadened perspective of the world!!!

What would you improve about this program?
I didn't get along with my host mom, and I almost moved out. But the housing coordinator Esther was excellent. She listened to all my concerns and helped me explore my options for moving out.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you so much for your review, Shannon! Your feedback will help serve as a guide for future students when researching their own study abroad programs with CEA. We are so glad you had a wonderful CEA experience and we wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in Seville! Our team is always working to improve our programs and provide the best possible experience for students, so if you would like to share any feedback, please email StudentFeedback@ceastudyabroad.com.

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Rubie
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I absolutely enjoyed my study abroad experience with CEA. They made sure to give clear instructions pre-departure and made me confident in my ability to succeed abroad. The staff are always so friendly and willing to help. Throughout my time in Spain, the planned excursions and activities made me feel closer with my friends, and certainly pushed me out of my comfort zone! I wouldn’t change anything in my study abroad experience, I would definitely recommend CEA for students thinking about going abroad!

What would you improve about this program?
Increasing the number of students of color abroad.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you so much for your review, Rubie! Your review will help serve as a guide for future students when researching their own study abroad programs with CEA. We are so glad you had a wonderful experience abroad, and we wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in Madrid!

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Diana
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA aided me in the pre-departure process as much as one could possibly expect. From making a payment schedule that worked with my financial needs to guiding me through the immigration process step-by-step, the staff always made sure we had support. In London, where I studied, CEA made sure to host events and excursions included in our tuition that allowed us to meet people and experience the diversity of cultures thriving in London. I was able to gain the confidence to do things like walk through the big city and even travel to new places on my own. I highly recommend it!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would prepare to do way more than I planned and step outside of my comfort zone sooner. I didn't realize how comfortable I'd become in such a big and wonderful city.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you so much for your thorough and thoughtful review, Diana! Your recommendations will help serve as a guide for future students when researching their own London programs with CEA. We appreciate your kind words and are so glad you had a wonderful experience in London. We wish you the very best in your future endeavors, and be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in England!

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Jared
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA French Riviera is the absolute best program you can choose for study abroad. First things first, you get to live in Antibes, which is the yacht capital or Europe, and one of the most gorgeous coastal towns on the French Riviera. Think about it, how many people get to say they did that! If your there at the right time of year, you can go to class in the morning, and go to the beach in the Afternoon! Antibes is a short train ride away from many other destinations in the area such as Nice, Monaco, Cannes, and Grass, not to mention all the other little Eagle nest villages to visit in your spare time.

This program puts you at one of the best business school's in Europe (SKEMA), where you will have professors from all over the globe teach your classes.

The absolute best part of this program is the onsite director Kristen. Kristen will be there for you every step of the way, I have never met such a nice and caring person in my life. She ensures that you have a comfortable transition into the semester, and takes you on many different excursions. She is truly an expert on the area. Kristen also host many onsite activities such as Wine Tasting.

You truly cannot go wrong with this program! Trust me you'll be glad you spent your semester abroad in Antibes!

What would you improve about this program?
I would just improve the relationship between Skema and CEA.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you so much for your thorough and thoughtful review, Jared! Your recommendations will help serve as a guide for future students when researching their own France study abroad programs with CEA (and your kind words about our wonderful program director, Kristin, echo the same sentiments as so many of our French Riviera alumni!). We are so glad you had a wonderful CEA experience and we wish you the very best in your future endeavors. Be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in Antibes!

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

🚨SPOILER ALERT 🚨 I came;I saw; I conquered Florence, Italy with CEA. My experience with CEA excursions was perfect! In the Summer of 2018 I explored a winery in Tuscany and ate from a selection of local meats & cheeses and fresh bread with Tuscany famous olive oil! I drank delicious wine from the vineyard with friends from my study abroad and intern classes with CEA. On top of all that I got to experience the beautiful city of Milan, Italy. Where we saw the famous 3rd largest Catholic Church in the World and Also visit the Famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II and many more amazing sites for a weekend! Highly recommend for anyone interested in food, art and new adventures!

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you so much for your review of CEA’s wonderful excursions from Florence, Sarah! Your recommendations will help serve as a guide for future students when researching their own Florence programs with CEA. We appreciate your kind words and wish you the very best in your future endeavors!

Programs

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CEA Study Abroad in Florence, Italy
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CEA Study Abroad in Alicante, Spain
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10 •7 reviews

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Alumni Interviews

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

Thania Inoa De Jesus

Thania is an Albright college student graduating class of 2021 and she studied abroad in Alicante, Spain with Cultural experiences Abroad (CEA). She took on the role of a Mobile Journalist or MOJO while being in Alicante to share her experience through her social media accounts alongside CEA. She also traveled to other European countries alone to enhance her experience abroad.

Why did you choose this program?

I chose CEA because immediately after reaching out they were great to me. I was treated with respect and all my questions were answered. They are very organized. I was able to go to a program where I could take classes for both my majors and my minors. That was an incredible thing because other programs could only over 1 or 2 of the 4.

The price was also more reasonable than the others.

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

My program provider helped me out with choosing the correct program for me. They accommodated bills as well because I was in a bit of a struggle. They are also affiliated with my school so it was a lot easier to get things done and understand the process better.

They offered to get my visa for me. They went to the Spanish consulate and mailed me my passport to my home just in time so I did not have to. That saved me time and money.

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

I believe I was very well informed about my program and everything being offered to me. I had a clear understanding of what to do and what not to do. I encourage future abroad students to do your own independent research and also know how the host university works and how the school system would differ from your home university. Some schools might just have you in the class as if you were a local with no accommodation to the cultural and educational shock.

Also, do not forget to have fun. Take all the trips you want to take. Time flies and before you know it your program comes to an end.

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

SO much to do all the time. I lived a 10-minute walk from the beach so I spent some time there. While it was warmer, we participated in a lot of activities organized by the director and coordinator.

A day for me, after taking the train to school and going to two of my classes, I met with the coordinator to take the bus to a waterspouts school where we learned to kayak, paddleboard, and sail. I had to film or photograph the experience and share it on my IG. We take a bus back to a location close to everyone.

After getting home, I would usually cook dinner and head to bed a few hours after getting my work done.

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 was being alone. Traveling alone on a plane for 8 hours. That was the first challenge.

The second was being placed with students whom I would not get along with. After moving in with them, it was the complete opposite we hit off and we are very fond of each other. They are now my friends for life. I am very glad to have been placed with them.

Go somewhere you might not heard of. OR go to a country where you know you have roots in.

One of the many reasons I chose Alicante was because I preferred a smaller city and did not want the stress of living in Madrid or Barcelona because they have so many people all the time.

I also found family in Alicante I did not know about. That was a beautiful experience for me.

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.