CEA Study Abroad

CEA Study Abroad


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. Click on “Visit Site” to explore our study and internship opportunities and find out just out how far international education can take you.

Why study abroad or complete an internship abroad? You’ll gain cross-cultural experience, take your learning beyond the classroom, and develop new interests all while staying on track for graduation. As you take courses abroad and explore career options through an internship, you’ll build an international network, develop marketable skills, and prepare to stand out in the job market.

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. Our team is here to help you meet your academic needs and make your study abroad dreams a reality.


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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.

$400 - $3,000


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Yes, I recommend this program

Best study abroad experience I could have asked for

I got to meet so many people who were passionate about the same things I was and they are now some of my best friends. The school taught me a lot that I don't think I would have otherwise learned in classes at my university and my host family was so kind and made me feel welcome in the culture. The weather was great and traveling to places around the country was very easy. The program was not that expensive and worth every penny. The food is delicious and it is a fairly safe area to be before dark.

  • On the less expensive side
  • Easy to travel to surrounding parts of Costa Rica
  • Educational
  • Puerto Viejo beach is not safe, do not go
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Sophia! Thank you for sharing your feedback about your CEA Study Abroad experience. We're so glad you met people with similar passions and made new best friends. When you study abroad, the world truly becomes your classroom and it's great you discovered that. Best of luck to you as a CEA alum!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Overall very good, could be better

Alicante is a fantastic town with plenty to do. The beach is beautiful, the weather is pristine, and life is very good in Alicante. The nightlife was cheap and very fun. The cost of living was very low, especially with all the Corte Ingleses in Alicante. The only thing I would say could be better is that CEA sends you an email about the excursions, and some, if not most of the time, you will have class, and that's simply on you. However, I was making my own trips with friends, so it didn't bother me much. Another important aspect to note is that there isn't Uber because it is such a small town. You can potentially find rideshare, but it is taxed and unluckily. On the other hand, public transportation is fantastic, so it's easy to get around.

  • Cost
  • Nightlife
  • Lifestyle
  • No rideshare services (only taxi)
  • Get's very packed in the summer
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Ramon! Thanks for your feedback from your CEA Alicante program! We're glad you found the cost of living and nightlife affordable. El Corte Ingles is an amazing place that's for sure! Very good insight for future students regarding rideshares and public transportation too. So happy you enjoyed your travels outside of CEA excursions!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Incredible city, Incredible program!

I lived in a host family's apartment in Los Remedios. This was a totally immersive experience and I have CEA to thank for it. I was in the Advanced Spanish Language and Culture in Seville Program, and took international business at the CEA study center along with 4 courses at the Universidad de Sevilla in Spanish linguistics, culture and translation. I was within walking distance from all of the wonder Sevilla had to offer and the excursions and support the CEA site staff support is unparalleled

  • Weather
  • Warm culture
  • Food and Drink
  • Andalucia language barrier
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Jared. Thanks for sharing your review about your incredible experience in Seville. Your courses sound insightful and we're happy to hear your host family and CEA onsite staff were helpful. Good luck to you moving forward!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Spring 2022 Barcelona

I went during the spring of my junior year. Living with 4 other roommates 2 blocks from Sagrada Familia. When you go with CEA there is not a bad spot for housing in this city. Extremely easy to get around using the metro which is also one of the safest metro systems in all of Europe. CEA goes over everything the day you get there helping learn how to get from your new home to the CEA center. Barcelona is city full of night life with something new to do everyday & night. The airport is extremely easy to use and a safe place. CEA makes every step of getting there, going to classes (4 days a week), helping transfer grades, and everything else you can think of extremely easy. Overall, loved the people working at CEA and helping with every step of your study abroad experience.

  • Location
  • Weather
  • People
  • Language not Spanish
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Derrick! Thanks for sharing your feedback on your CEA Barcelona program and we so appreciate you recommending it to other students. We're glad you enjoyed your housing accommodations, the public transportation and entertainment that beautiful Barcelona offers. Your CEA team was so happy to help with every step of your study abroad experience. Welcome to the CEA Alum life!

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Yes, I recommend this program

Cea Rome

I had a blast with the program. All the staff were super upbeat and undeniably helpful. Andreas was also one of the funniest advisors I’ve had. My classes were very manageable while at the same time, challenging to extent where it was still relevant to my major as a finance student. They offer many travel excursions in case you don’t want to independently travel, or have financial restrictions and are looking for a way to save money and yet still get out there and see more! If your thinking of Rome, don’t hesitate, chose CEA.

  • Food
  • Culture
  • Adventure
  • Language barrier
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Hi Alec! Thanks for taking the time to write a review about your CEA program in Rome. Andreas is the best! It's so great to hear that your classes were both manageable and challenging for your specific studies. Thanks again for sharing a bit of your study abroad story! Best of luck.


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Alumni Interviews

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

Thania Inoa De Jesus

Thania Inoa De Jesus

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.