CEA Study Abroad

CEA Study Abroad

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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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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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Jessica
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Barcelona CEA

Traveling to Barcelona with CEA is a great choice. This organization truly looks out for you and helps you settle into a new country. You will meet so many people, learn so many new things and really be living in Barcelona. The classes are interesting and you can pick what interests you. There is a variety of classes. I took an international marketing class and a social media class. It is an awesome experience.They also set up events to do activities around the city! For example, you can go on hikes, go to cooking classes and really meet the locals. The teachers and cea advisors are really there for you and make sure you are comfortable in such a new environment. CEA is a great choice!

Pros
  • classes
  • city
  • cea advisors
Cons
  • housing
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Isabelle
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad Internship Experience

I interned abroad for two months in Florence Italy in the summer of 2022. This was such an amazing experience. Spending two full months in Florence was perfect, I felt like I truly lived there and was able to immerse myself in Italian culture. The city of Florence itself is a manageable size and easy to find your way around once you get the hang of things. My internship was at a local leather manufacturer that produced leather accessories for luxury brands, where I learned a lot about the business of fashion and process of leather manufacturing in general. I traveled on weekends either easy day trips to neighboring cities in Tuscany or weekend trips farther away. The CEA staff were the best. I always knew that I could count on them anytime I had questions or needed help. I encourage anybody and everybody to take advantage of this opportunity because it is such a great way to gain valuable work experience while being able to explore a new culture!

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Olivia
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad Florence

I absolutely loved studying abroad with CEA. I spent my summer in Florence, Italy where I took an Italian class and an Art History class. These classes were unique because of the amount of time spent out of the class room. We visited museums and talked to many locals which made the learning experience much more memorable. Florence is a great place to be if you're interested in art or history because it is very culturally dense. Whether visiting a museum to see Michelangelo's David or going on a gondola ride down the river, my friends and I were amazed by all the beauty surrounding us at all times. Not to mention the food is top tier.

Pros
  • Food
  • Culture
  • Art
Cons
  • Hot in summer
  • No air conditioning in some places
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Paige
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Paige Morningstar's CEA Study Abroad Review

My experience abroad was so unique and diverse in so many ways. First, the CEA staff and professors were awesome! They gave us so much freedom and only stepped in when we needed assistance. My professor was one of the best I have ever had. He did not give homework so we could go out and explore the world and I learned more in that class in a month than I have in the majority of my semester long classes. Everyday was a new journey and you get out what you put in to the experience. I also went by myself which I strongly encourage because you learn so much about who you are as a person and you meet way more people from all over the world. My favorite part was meeting people from all different areas of the world with different cultural backgrounds and never knowing what the new day would bring.

Pros
  • Seeing the world firsthand and learning about how different cultures live.
  • Meeting different Americans in your program and the international locals. You get to witness such a diverse community everyday.
  • Learning about the world. Whether it be through the class you are taking or the experiences you encounter you are constantly learning about life and yourself.
Cons
  • Money! It is definitely expensive to live on your own in a foreign country, but you are only their once so enjoy it. Do not be so picky about spending money that you don't enjoy the experience.
  • Transportation. I would not say this is a con, but just one more thing you have to figure out. I suggest buying a metro/train pass if they have one or a bus pass. Ordering taxis, Ubers, etc. everywhere would be way too expensive.
  • Planning. Often times large groups of people disagree about where they want to go, so this can be annoying. I would say to do what you want to do even if that means only going with a few people.
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Addysen
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing experience abroad

The CEA community abroad and in the United States were extremely helpful in making the process of going abroad seamless. From helping with visas to pick up at the airport all the way to day trips with the school. The small community that was CEA really provided a home away from home that was like no other.
If you are looking to learn all about the culture and past of Italy you can not go wrong with this program.
There is also housing, field trips, class dinners, and walking tours included in the class which will help you live like a local.

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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.
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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.