CEA Study Abroad

Program Reviews

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Sarah
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

CEA Buenos Aires was the best experience of my life! I could not have asked for a better semester abroad. From the city to the food to the academics everything was absolutely perfect and I would not change a thing. Most of all, the advisors, Jose and Julieta were phenomenal. From lost phones, to activities, our advisors were always there for us. They are two of the best people I met in Buenos Aires, and we still keep in touch regularly. The classes were very unique and informative. I would never take classes like those back in the states. We were extremely culturally immersed and each class had a field trip through the city at least twice a month which was great to see parts of the city through an academic lens. I would recommend this trip to anyone seeking adventure and an out of the box study abroad experience!

What would you improve about this program?
Absolutely nothing! CEA and our advisors Julieta and Jose made the whole experience perfect!
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Sarah! We’re thrilled to hear you had a positive experience in Buenos Aires with CEA, and your thoughtful feedback will serve as a guide for future students when researching their own study abroad experiences. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and be sure to stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in Argentina!

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Rebekah
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a great time in my Art and Archaeology of Ancient Rome course! This was like a three week walking tour of the city, with as much history crammed in as we could absorb. It really helped me get acquainted with my surroundings, and lead me to appreciate the city even if I couldn't love it (I am NOT a city person). My Materials Science class was easy enough despite being accelerated.
I enjoyed the amount of free time that I had during the program. I had the chance to explore countless museums in the area, visit the beach, wander parks, and travel outside the city (Florence, Sorento, Capri, and Pisa). I met students from my own university that I would not have otherwise, as well as students from other colleges in the US. Overall, I had a ton of fun within and outside the program.

What would you improve about this program?
Our housing situation was... interesting. We often had strangers knocking at our door at all hours, particularly at the door we were instructed never to open. There were leather bag vendors that would set up directly in front of our door. The alley that our apartment was in was unlit at night.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Rebekah. We’re glad to hear you had a positive experience in Rome with CEA’s activities and excursions. We are always working to incorporate valuable feedback into our programs to give students the best experience possible. We have shared your housing notes with the team to make sure this is addressed, and if you would like to share any further feedback, please reach out to us at [email protected] Thanks!

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Julia
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Amazing neighborhood - safe, lots of shops, close to the academic center, easy to get to transportation. CEA provided a lot of activities, including a pizza and gelato crawl, a yoga class, and a pasta making class. All were very fun (and free)! The trips they planned were also very organized. The staff was very helpful if you had questions. Transportation advice and other recommendations were great. Only tough thing was that the housing did not have air conditioning but we were provided with fans so we were able to make do. I would really recommend the art and archeology class. We got to see literally every historical monument and museum in Rome (entry tickets were included with the class). It was like having a private tour group for all of Rome for 3 weeks.

Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Julia. We’re glad to hear you had a positive experience in Rome with CEA’s activities and excursions, as well as the art & archaeology class. We are always working to incorporate valuable feedback into our programs to give students the best experience possible. We have shared your notes with the team to make sure this is addressed, and if you would like to share any further feedback, please reach out to us at [email protected] Thanks!

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Schuyler
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The CEA Study Abroad program in Rome is the perfect program to study abroad through. The course's academics are credible enough to earn credits towards degrees, while not overtaking the free time students have available while in Rome. The staff of CEA are extremely kind, thoughtful, and helpful for any student who has questions and are all always looking out for each student, whether it's on the amazing program-organized trips or for daily life in the capital. Additionally, the staff made an effort to get to know each student during the trip, making it very easy for students to approach them with questions or concerns throughout the entire trip. Studying abroad with CEA gave me the best experience I could have asked for to spend the summer studying away from home.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Come with an open mind and willingness to be spontaneous. Being confident enough to just go with the flow led to some great memories while on this trip, which is all part of the fun of the whole journey.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you so much for your detailed review, Schuyler. We love hearing that you had such a positive, life-changing experience with CEA, and that our wonderful Rome staff were so accommodating. Your advice to future students is spot-on! We wish you all the best!

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Riki
7/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a great time studying and staying in Rome. The program was a great opportunity to explore Rome and different cities including Florence and Capri during the trip as well. There were plenty of open weekends to travel on your own as well. I really enjoyed the classes I took: however, I did not like having tests and homework being pushed back a lot. I felt that everything piled up on the last week which made my trip end more stressfully. I also had some problems with housing that I do not think were resolved fast enough or even resolved at all. There was a week where we were not allowed to use one shower and bathroom at all and were only left with one bathtub for five people and it was over 90 degrees that week. Overall, the trip was good though!

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve the way housing issues are taken care of.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Riki. We’re glad to hear you had a positive experience in Rome with CEA’s activities and excursions. We are always working to incorporate valuable feedback into our programs to give students the best experience possible. We have shared your notes with the team to make sure this is addressed, and if you would like to share any further feedback, please reach out to us at [email protected] Thanks!

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Megan
8/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had a great time studying abroad with CEA in Rome. I have always wanted to study abroad and so I am truly grateful that I was able to make it a reality. I was able to meet some amazing people, eat a lot of amazing Italian food and enjoy traveling to other countries every weekend. I enjoyed the small class sizes since it made getting to know people within the program really easy. I do wish there were Italian students as well to really give that immersed, study abroad feel. The housing was great. I loved living in the Prati neighborhood. There was plenty of places to eat and great gelato on every corner. I felt safe throughout the entire experience in Rome. The staff and faculty were also incredibly friendly and helpful. Shoutout to my girl Cecilia for always having everything so organized and covered. Overall, it was a great experience that I'll never forget.

What would you improve about this program?
If I could change anything, I would like a broader course selection. It was difficult choosing classes, because a few of the classes I wanted filled up right away so I was stuck taking business electives that I don't need.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Megan! We’re thrilled to hear you had a positive experience in Rome with CEA, and your thorough feedback + tips will serve as a guide for future students when researching their own study abroad destinations. We are always working to incorporate constructive suggestions like yours into our program offerings and have shared your notes about course selection with the team, so if there is anything else you would like to share, please send us a note at [email protected] We are so appreciative of your contributions as a CEA MOJO, too! We wish you all the best in your future endeavors, and be sure to stop by and say “Ciao” the next time you find yourself in Rome!

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Gracie
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I am so happy I decided to study in Alicante with CEA. I liked that the size of the program was small, and we all got to know each other. I met five of my best friends in my CEA program, and I don't think that would have happened if I did not choose this small program. Though things weren't always perfect, like sickness and issues with out apartment, CEA staff was always there to help when something went wrong. Our two on-site advisors, Adriana and Alvaro, were always so helpful. Adriana became a good friend and kind of our mother figure while being abroad. There were so many programs to choose from, and I am definitely glad I chose this one. I do not think I would have gained everything I did out of my experience if I chose another program.

What would you improve about this program?
I lived in an apartment, and we were told it was old and had plumbing issues. However, instead of consistent maintenance to make sure this did not become a problem, it was just used as an excuse for problems that arose.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Gracie, thank you for your review and for all your contributions as a CEA Mobile Journalist this semester. We are so glad you had a positive experience with CEA and our wonderful staff in Alicante! We wish you all the best and hope you’ll stop by to say hello the next time you find yourself in Spain.

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Hannah
9/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I can very easily say that studying abroad in the French Riviera through CEA has been one of the best experiences of my life. Our on-site coordinator, Kristen, was like a second mom to our group of 24 college students. The excursions and activities that she planned made my four months that much more special. Our housing was very centrally located and the public transportation made it easy to visit other neighboring cities like Nice and Cannes. Living in a different country for a semester can be scary, but it didn't take long before Antibes felt like my home. I feel so connected to Antibes that I plan to go back and visit every three years. And I have CEA to thank for it. I would highly recommend this program to anyone who is considering studying abroad.

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
Even if you do not have any experience speaking French, I recommend learning a few key phrases like how to order at a restaurant or ask for directions.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for your review, Hannah! “I feel so connected to Antibes that I plan to go back and visit every three years” = major goals! Your suggestions for future students are helpful and we so appreciate your positive words about your semester with CEA!

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Kelsey
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I really cannot express enough how amazing it was to study abroad in Galway, Ireland. Everything about this location is beautiful and worthwhile, and out of all the other countries I visited while abroad (The Netherlands, England, Poland and Spain), I can truly say that this is the best spot for study abroad students––especially through CEA, which was a super helpful, comforting and beneficial program for me to go through. Even if you aren't sure where to go, you will seriously not regret your decision to choose Galway. Thomas is the program director for CEA, and he actually lives in Galway. Also, he really does know his stuff and is quite the history buff on Ireland. By choosing to go through CEA, I not only guaranteed that someone would be there to look out for me, but I also got to explore different areas of Ireland with most expenses already paid at the time of travel. (We only had to pay a few times for our meals, but this was not extremely bothersome or anything. I didn't even really care much about this factor once we reached our destinations and got to explore this insanely beautiful country.) Additionally, the people in Ireland are really fun, down-to-earth and friendly. Galway is the perfect college town, and honestly the best area to live in Ireland (from what I've heard and seen from other people, not just myself!). Whenever I was on a flight from a different country to go back to Ireland, I didn't feel any sort of discomfort or sadness, because it always felt like I was just returning to my newfound homeland. Ireland became my life, and I cannot wait to return someday.

I can't believe it has almost been an entire month since I flew back home to the states. I wouldn't trade this experience for anything else. I was also placed in housing that introduced me to some people who I really believe will be my friends for life (both American and Irish!). I cannot thank CEA enough for this experience, nor the people of Ireland for being so warm and welcoming. I would highly recommend this program to all––you will seriously have the time of your life... guaranteed. :)

What is your advice to future travelers on this program?
My advice to future travelers who decide to go through this program would be to say yes to most things, as long as it's not potentially dangerous nor illegal. What I mean by this is it's going to be extremely beneficial for you to step outside of your comfort zone and explore new areas of yourself, while you explore Ireland or wherever else you may wish to go. Also, don't solely rely on other people to go to the places where you really want to go. As a mobile journalist for CEA, I wrote an article with more helpful advice from my own experience as a female solo traveler. But, seriously, you've got this. And enjoy every moment, because once you return home you will want those memories to hold onto... but also don't put too much pressure onto yourself. You know yourself better than anyone, and by studying abroad you will learn even more about yourself that probably wouldn't have been possible to know before your journey.
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Kelsey, thank you so much for your thoughtful review! We are so glad you chose CEA for your semester in Galway and had a positive experience with our wonderful staff there. Keep those new lifelong friends close 😊 We appreciate you sharing your suggestions for future CEA students and wish you the very best!

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Allison
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

I had such a great time in Prague with CEA. The staff there was helpful, kind, and supportive. They were knowledgeable in many different areas and made the study abroad experience one that was well rounded and fun! They organized great activities to get us engaged with other students and the culture. We went to the Museum of Communism and had deep conversations about the lasting effects of that on the country in addition to other places right outside of Prague, like Karlsteijn castle and the Terezin ghetto/concentration camp. They provided the opportunities to learn about the different cultures within Prague and it was awesome. Prague itself is also a wonderful city to study abroad in because of it's beauty and central location for other travelling. I highly recommend this program to anyone looking to study abroad!

What was the most unfamiliar thing you ate?
When I travelled to Budapest, Hungary, I had an incredible local meal it was a meat plate with croquettes, pickled cabbage, rice, and a selection of delicious meats. The most unfamiliar was probably goose liver but don't knock it until you try it (it was pretty good though!)
Response from CEA Study Abroad

Thank you for sharing your thorough and thoughtful review about your semester with CEA in Prague, Allison (and for the beautiful Prague photo)! We’re thrilled you had a great experience with our wonderful Prague staff, cultural activities and in trying out interesting new foods! We wish you all the best and hope you’ll stop by and say hello the next time you find yourself in Prague.