CEA Study Abroad

CEA Study Abroad

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With 20 destinations across 11 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

Reviews

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Abigail
9/10

I have always dreamed of studying abroad and CEA made this a reality for me. They had the most classes that could transfer back into my degree — I even had the option of choosing the courses that most interested me, which was hard to find through other programs. The communication between staff and students is excellent. Just before orientation my flight to Paris was cancelled, but they were patient and attentive in making sure I still had a smooth transition into my semester in France. My studio apartment was very small (or should I say Parisian) but very comfortable. CEA was quick to respond to any housing issues we had; our washing machine broke and was fixed in a matter of two days. This communication is consistent with the professors as well. Their expectations are clear, the workload is considerate and manageable, and (in my experience) the courses are very gears towards cultural immersion. My art history classes often took place on location in the city, so we could take full advantage of studying away from our home institutions. Excursions were well planned and lots of fun. I also loved that excursions with available spots were always opened up to the remainder of the student body, so I was able to jump on even more trips and workshops. The staff was also a valuable resource for Parisian life — often giving me great food recommendations or travel suggestions — and were genuinely concerned with my learning experience and well being. Finally, I also really valued that my experience was so individual. Studying with CEA forced me out of my comfort zone and onto the streets of a foreign country. I learned a lot and am now headed home with memories I will cherish forever. That being said, if you are looking for a study abroad experience that caters more towards maintaining an American identity or fostering a relationship within the student body, this may not be the program for you.

How can this program be improved?
That being said, I do believe that students would definitely benefit from more interaction with French students or youth. I loved my experience, but it did definitely leave room for more international or community relationships. With such a candid audience of impressionable students, they could absolutely use that to opportunity participate more (or create a presence within) the community.
Yes, I recommend this program
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Evelyn
9/10

This program is really great! I am so glad that I chose to come to the Riviera, and I think that everyone needs to know more about the South of France in general! The program was small, so it made it easier to get to know the people in our group really well, as well as get to know anyone they met here as well! The city we are located in, Antibes, is quaint, easy to get around in, and has just the right amount of locals to make it exciting and always buzzing. I have also never seen so many yachts in my life! Our program director is seriously the best person to have here, she is so helpful and really makes it feel like home from the moment you get here. The experiences here will last me a lifetime and it really has become one of my favorite places in Europe to be! I will really miss living in France, and I will definitely be back some day!

How can this program be improved?
Maybe just teaming with a new school. The current school is quite unorganized and difficult to communicate with and get answers from when things go wrong. This is not just because we were having a level of culture shock, its just pure lack of organization on the school's part. Nothing that CEA could do about it, other than to look into new schools that will work better for students in the future.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your wonderful review, Evelyn! We are so proud of our CEA French Riviera staff and are so glad you had a positive experience in making Antibes a second home. We are always looking for ways to improve our programs and appreciate your insight. If there is anything you would like to share more specifically with our team regarding your host university, please email us at [email protected] We wish you all the best, and be sure to stop by and say “bonjour” should you find yourself in the French Riviera!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Jamie
9/10

CEA is such a helpful, well-organized, and fun program dedicated to making the transition to living in a foreign country seamless. The teachers prioritize their students' abroad experiences by giving them a quality education, but also recognizing that learning outside of the classroom through real-life experiences is important. They also make sure that although you are surrounded by American students very frequently, you also experience the culture and meet the locals. I would recommend anyone looking for cultural immersion, traveling experience, and new friendships that will last a lifetime to choose CEA and study in Florence, Italy, a city that is filled with Renaissance art, history and some of the most amazing pizza and pasta that you will ever eat!

How can this program be improved?
CEA is a very well run program and I wouldn't suggest any improvements
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Jamie, thank you so much for your thoughtful review, and your positive experience is music to our ears! Your review will help guide future students when deciding on a study abroad destination. We wish you all the best, and be sure to stop in and say “Ciao” should you find yourself back in Florence!

Yes, I recommend this program
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Courtney
7/10

Overall my experience with CEA was great and I am so grateful for this experience. As I explored the beautiful city of Barcelona I always felt safe and aware of what is happening day by day in the city thanks to CEA. I think CEA did a great job at welcoming us during orientation, as well as making us know how to stay safe during our time abroad. I also think the teachers at CEA were very helpful as well ensuring your time abroad is a memorable one! The only thing I would recommend to CEA is their absence policy, because I feel that 2 absence is not enough especially while overseas. I would also recommend to take a class at UAB or UVic that is offered through CEA because the attendance is more lenient and you get the opportunity to meet a lot of locals and students from all around the world. In all my experience in Barcelona was amazing and would recommend studying abroad here!

How can this program be improved?
I think this program can be improved in certain areas like the housing department. I think CEA needs to do a better job at explaining exactly where you are going to live considering you are spending four months in a foreign country there. I signed up for Residencia Plus but ended up in a dorm styled room when I thought it was supposed to be two private rooms. Another thing I think CEA can improve is their absence policy. You are supposed to save your two absences for when you are sick but then that prevents you from being able to travel.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Courtney, we appreciate your thorough review of your semester in Barcelona. We’re happy that CEA helped you fully experience the city, and we are always looking for ways to improve our programs and appreciate your insight. CEA’s programs are academically focused so that students can transfer credits back to their home institution. As with home institutions, it’s important to attend classes regularly to get the most out of the curriculum. While students do have weekends to travel independently, CEA excursions and local activity recommendations help students learn about their host city.

Yes, I recommend this program
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Devon
6/10

My study abroad time in Rome was good. I can leave here being able to say I studied abroad in Rome! My classes were a bit harder than expected and attendance was strict, so I was not able to travel as much as I had hoped. Additionally, since the CEA program is relatively small and since we were not studying at an actual international university, you are limited to making and meeting friends with people within the CEA program. There were 7 of us living in my apartment, which personally I believed was too many people for the amount of amenities that were in the apartment. For example, only one of everything (fridge, washer, sink, etc.) and only 2 toilets and 2 showers. However the apartment was located extremely close to the CEA center which was very convenient. The CEA Rome staff was great. Everyone was extremely helpful and answered to your emails or in-person requests in an extremely timely manner. They were all very kind and helped made the transition to life in Italy very smooth and easy. The activities and programs they designed and developed were great fun and a great way to experience the Italian culture. Overall my study abroad experience was exactly that, an experience. I do not regret coming, however there are some things that I would change and do differently if given the opportunity.

How can this program be improved?
Nothing is structurally wrong with the CEA Rome Program. Personally it was just not the full abroad experience I was hoping to get. I did not get to meet any Italian students in class and any friend I made was limited to also being in the CEA program. This is not CEA's fault, instead it is my own fault for not choosing a program that was through an actual university such as JCU.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Devon, we’re glad you had a great experience with our CEA staff and enjoyed the activities and excursions they arranged in Rome. Thanks for your candid feedback about your experience – we appreciate hearing about your time abroad, as this information is valuable for us as we continue building our programs for future study abroad students.

No, I don't recommend this program

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