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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Rachel
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I've ever made! I had a great time and learned so much. Alicante is a perfect city - easily walkable, on the beach, not too big but not too small. The people were friendly and their accent is not difficult to understand. I was also able to take a class taught completely in Spanish which was a cool learning experience.

The excursions were all awesome and I was glad we got to travel to other parts of Spain (Valencia, Granada, etc.) In addition, I was able to travel independently around Europe and see truly amazing places.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Take advantage of everything! Go to the beach, go to all the excursions, and travel as much as you can!
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thanks for your thoughtful and thorough review, Rachel! We are so glad to hear you had a wonderful experience in Alicante with CEA – your review echoes the same sentiments as many of our CEA Alicante alumni. Your insight and advice will help guide future students when researching their own study abroad programs! Be sure to stop by and say “hola” the next time you’re in Spain, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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Sydney
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I loved getting to be a part of the city and learning how to navigate it with my roommates. We learned so much about the city by getting to immerse ourselves through interactions with people on the streets and in businesses. We lived in an incredible location that allowed us to walk to almost everything we wanted to see. The best part was getting to spend every evening in Piazza Navona eating gelato with my roommates. Some of us took similar classes and got to study together. We also got to go on two trips with our program, to Florence and Sorrento.

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Sydney! We are so glad 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 Rome, and we wish you all the best!

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Holly
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Studying abroad in Alicante with CEA provided me housing in the middle of a laid-back, beautiful city with a rich history and endless things to do and places to explore. This is a great city to experience the Spanish lifestyle without being overwhelmed by a big-city pace and atmosphere. The University teachers love what they do and as a result, have engaging classes with relevant assignments rather than busywork. With an excellent, quite simple public transportation system both within and outside the region, traveling up Costa Blanca could not be easier. My stay in Alicante gave me the time to get to know myself and discover what really matters in life, and the people I met taught me valuable lessons which I wouldn't trade for anything.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Embrace change. You studied abroad in order to experience new things and have your eyes opened, so don't be afraid to dig deep and push yourself beyond what you expect you are capable of. In fact, do away with expectations altogether. You'll be surprised
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your thoughtful and thorough review, Holly! We are thrilled to hear you had a wonderful experience in Alicante with CEA. Your insight and advice 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 Spain, and we wish you all the best in your future endeavors!

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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!

Programs

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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.