CEA CAPA Education Abroad

Program Reviews

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Lina
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA CAPA Granada, Spain

My study abroad experience was beyond amazing. I learned so much about myself and grew so much. I had the chance to meet so many people and create wonderful memories. I feel grateful to have had a great support system from CEA CAPA while I was abroad. The city of Granada was also wonderful and the people were so kind. I loved the culture so much and I cannot wait to be back! Living with a host family allowed me to immerse myself in the culture as well. My host family made my experience so much better!

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I could do this all over again, I would go for a year instead of a semester.
Pros
  • I improved my Spanish
  • I met so many people and created amazing friendships
  • I had a great support system with the CEA CAPA staff
Cons
  • It was a bit hard to adjust to having 2 hour long classes
  • Stores were closed on Sunday, which was hard to get used to at first
  • Getting used to the eating schedule was a struggle at first
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Stefanie
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA CAPA Studying Abroad in Barcelona

This past fall semester I studied abroad in Barcelona, Spain with CEA CAPA Abroad. My experience overall was great and I am so happy I chose this program! I received a lot of information and support from the program beforehand. My housing was amazing and I had a really nice dorm that had a cooking materials and cleaners weekly. My academics were mostly good, I had two classes with one professor that were a bit harder than I thought. The social scene in Barcelona is extraordinary and I had a lot of fun with my classmates. The culture and history in Barcelona is rich and I really enjoyed learning about it and living in such a cool place. Overall, it was an amazing experience and I would recommend it to others.

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Thiago
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

My Time Abroad

When I set foot in Barcelona, I was enchanted by its vibrant energy, rich culture, and breathtaking architecture. My time in this captivating city was remarkable and filled with unforgettable experiences and cherished memories.

Exploring the streets of Barcelona felt like stepping into a living, breathing masterpiece. The iconic works of Antoni Gaudí, such as the mesmerizing Sagrada Família and the whimsical Park Güell, left me in awe of his genius and creativity. Each intricate detail told a story, weaving together the past and present of this remarkable city.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
To future travelers heading to Barcelona, my advice is to embrace the city's rich culture and vibrant energy by immersing yourself in its diverse offerings. Go beyond the iconic landmarks to discover hidden gems tucked away in charming neighborhoods, indulge in the delicious local cuisine, and engage with the warm and welcoming Catalan people.
Pros
  • The People
  • The food
  • Public Transportation
Cons
  • Safety
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Sam
1/5
No, I don't recommend this program

Don’t Attend Here

Classes are mediocre. Did not learn anything significant in any of my classes. Lots of busy work, classes are 3hr 15min long and professors know it is a waste of time. Did not accommodate disability. Roommates were all racist and cliquey. Always ignored me or was rude, but giggling and laughing amongst each other. Talked to other people of color and they agreed. What else do you expect putting together a group of people who have never met? Please apply to a study abroad program within your uni!!

What was your funniest moment?
Nothing funny. Very lonely. Had high hopes and took a chance but was left feeling exactly what I expected
Pros
  • City life
  • Lots of free time
Cons
  • Not accommodating
  • Racist roommates/no switching apartments
  • Curriculum
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Alena
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA CAPA Barcelona was AWESOME!!!

CEA CAPA Barcelona was a fantastic way to experience Europe for the first time. Classes were held Monday-Thursday, so long weekends were perfect for traveling. Barcelona was a phenomenal city to call home for 3.5 months. CEA CAPA prepared students to go abroad with a step-by-step pre-departure process that made the logistics of going abroad far less daunting. While we were there, CEA CAPA provided us with cultural workshops, optional trips to explore other parts of Spain, and more.

My favorite class while abroad was called Intercultural Interactions: A Psychological Perspective. This course was designed for students to gain a certain level of cultural competence. It broadened my perspective on different cultural situations and challenges that I had not encountered. The class really opened my eyes to the complexity of culture by relating it to psychological concepts.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice for future students in this program is to make time for yourself when you're abroad. There's always a lot going on during abroad life, so it's very important to not get too overwhelmed and to give yourself some grace. Whether it be a walk alone, listening to your favorite playlist, or treating yourself to a nice meal, find the time to truly make your study abroad experience your own!!
Pros
  • Helpful Pre-Departure Guidance
  • Optional Pre-Planned Trips with CEA CAPA
  • Wide Variety of Courses
Cons
  • Living & Studying With Other Americans Rather Than Locals (this could be a "Pro" depending on you desires)
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Madison
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Best experience!

I had the absolute best time studying abroad in Florence! The city is the perfect place to live abroad because it is not too big which makes it feel like home. Florence is so easy to navigate and to learn the ins and outs of living in Italy. CEA CAPA provided so much support both before I left and during the program. The classes are so fun and we were always doing fun activities in them! We got to do wine tastings, take tours of local museums, and present our own food and wine pairing which was so cool!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Travel as much as you can and never say no to an experience! Living abroad is a once in a lifetime opportunity and you don't want to leave after 4 months and regret not doing something!
Pros
  • Support from all staff members at all times
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Joshua
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Paris Engineering Fall 2023

I cannot express enough how fantastic this experience was! Living with two other roomates from different parts of America in a cozy European apartment in the 5th arrondissement of Paris was a dream! And right next to Ernest Hemmingway's old apartment! Experiencing the daily life, in's and out's of French language and culture on top of the renowned food, historic sights, metro/subway system, unforgettable markets and events was like no other experience and I am ecstatic at the thought of going back ASAP!

What was your funniest moment?
The day of realization when I had reached capability in my French speaking to wear natives would respond back in a full conversation!
Pros
  • Culture
  • Food
  • People
Cons
  • Occasionally not so clean
  • Lot of people
  • Sometimes its so fun its too much
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Mercedes
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Study Abroad in London

I had an amazing time studying abroad with CEA CAPA program in London. My housing was amazing, it definitely surprised me how nice and modern it was. I was also put into one of the only flats with air conditioning. I loved my neighborhood my flat resided in. it was only a 40 minute commute to the CAPA center and making that commute was easy and smooth. we had a lot of support at the CAPA center. if we ever needed anything we could go to the front desk with any questions or concerns we might have. The staff was friendly and I appreciated the support system we had.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
I would explore more of the city/travel to more places in Europe
Pros
  • Easy to travel throughout Europe
  • Cultural Immersion
  • Easy to balance school with traveling
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Bronwyn
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Study and Internship in Sevilla!

I studied abroad with CEA CAPA in Sevilla, Spain during the Fall 2023 semester and had an incredible experience. I participated in a study and internship program and highly recommend it to other students, especially business students who are interested in working internationally in the future. The CEA CAPA team worked to make sure I found an internship that fit me and checked in throughout my program to see my progress. Their team is dedicated and genuinely cares about their students. I definitely recommend CEA CAPA if you are looking for a great program to study abroad with!

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
I recommend being open to anything and just going with the flow. Of course it's good to have plans and goals for your program but sometimes the best experiences are the ones that come up unexpectedly. Approach every day with an open mind and you'll have a great time!
Pros
  • International experience
  • Connecting with new people
  • Exploring other cultures
Cons
  • Homesickness
  • Not enough time in the day
  • Finding friends as a solo traveler
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Makeegan
5/5
Yes, I recommend this program

Madrid Education Review

I had a great time in Madrid and made countless friends through my experience! I loved my apartment and most things about my school, especially the professors. I always felt super safe and cannot wait until I can go back again. I only had classes with other exchange students though, so it was a bit hard to make friends with locals and other people from Spain, but other than that I have no complaints from my semester abroad!
I really enjoyed all the new experiences I got to have, including trying new food and going to new places and it has given me such a different outlook on life.

If you did this all over again, what's one thing you would change?
If I did this all over again I would probably take at least one class that wasn't for my Spanish major, so I could maybe meet some people from Spain instead of only having classes with other Americans and exchange students. All my classes were also separate from the main campus building so I didn't really get a great college experience while I was here because there wasn't a social scene where my classes were.
Pros
  • Exploring a new city and trying new activities and foods
  • Meeting new people
  • Bettering my Spanish
Cons
  • Felt separated from the rest of my friends that had classes at the main campus
  • Didn't connect with my roommates
  • Super strict attendance policy for class (Even if you're sick, you aren't excused)