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About CEA

Year Founded: 1997

CEA was founded in 1997 with the aim of providing international education opportunities and the highest quality student support for American and Canadian university students interested in studying abroad in exciting global cities. Today, CEA sends thousands of students every year on study abroad programs to locations in a variety of countries, including Argentina, China, England, Italy, and Spain.

Discover Programs

CEA Study Abroad in Seville, Spain

Spain : Seville (Sevilla)

Walk to class past one of the world's most impressive cathedrals. Learn to flamenco dance in the land of its birth. Hone your Spanish skills as you practice with locals.

CEA Study Abroad in Barcelona, Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Spend a semester, a summer, or an academic year studying abroad in one of Spain's most stylish, cosmopolitan, and stunning cities. There are a million reasons why Barcelona...

CEA Study Abroad in Rome, Italy

Italy : Roma (Rome)

Spend a semester, a summer, or a year studying abroad in the "Eternal City": Rome, Italy. Join CEA Rome to experience life in a city that's been a center or art, culture,...

CEA Study Abroad in Granada, Spain

Spain : Granada

Ever dreamed of studying abroad in a city that's rich in culture, history, and diversity? Then spend a semester, summer, short-term or academic year in Granada, Spain with...

CEA Study Abroad in Paris, France

France : Paris

Paris, the city of light. Spend a semester, a summer, or an academic year exploring this world-class city, honing your French skills, and immersing into the Parisian way

CEA Study Abroad in Aix-en-Provence, France

France : Aix-en-Provence

Spend a summer, a semester, or an academic year studying abroad in beautiful Aix-en-Provence with CEA! This stunning French town -- long known as one of the most desirable...

CEA Study Abroad in Alicante, Spain

Spain : Alicante

What do you get when you combine a prestigious Spanish university with sun, sand, and sea, all in a town that's beloved by centuries of tourists? A study abroad experience...

CEA in Study Abroad San Jose, Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Warm beaches. Active volcanoes. Shady cloud forests. Bustling cities. A long, peaceful history. Study abroad in Costa Rica with CEA and experience all that this Latin American...

CEA Study Abroad in Florence, Italy

Italy : Florence

Imagine studying art history while staring up at the work of Michelangelo, or learning about food and wine culture in the heart of a Tuscan vineyard. Experience all this

CEA Study Abroad in Prague, Czech Republic

Czech Republic : Prague

Study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic with CEA and walk past World Heritage sites on your way to school. Attend classes in a stunning 17th century castle. Experience life...

CEA Study Abroad in the French Riviera, France

France : Antibes

Spend a semester or a summer studying abroad in the stunning French Riviera. If 300 days of sunshine, a small college-town feel, and the Cannes Film Festival sound appealing,...

CEA Study Abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Spend a summer, a semester, or an academic year in Buenos Aires, immersing in to local life and experiencing all that Argentina has to offer! CEA Buenos Aires offers a range...

CEA Study Abroad in Vina del Mar, Chile

Chile : Vina del Mar

Spend an amazing summer, semester, or short term studying abroad in Vina del Mar, Chile, with CEA! This stunning Latin American city nestles between the Pacific Ocean, mountain...

CEA Study Abroad in Port Elizabeth, South Africa

South Africa : Port Elizabeth

Spend a semester, a summer, or a year exploring the amazing biodiversity, rich history, and diverse cultures of Port Elizabeth, South Africa. When you study abroad with CEA...

CEA Study Abroad in Madrid, Spain

Spain : Madrid

Study abroad with CEA in Madrid and live the life of a true Madrileno! Take classes at our partner institution, Antonio Nebrija University, and choose from programs such

CEA Study Abroad in London, England

England : London

Live like a Londoner in the city that Time Out magazine named the most popular destination in the world. The music, the art, the history, the architecture, the bangers and...

CEA Study Abroad in Grenoble, France

France : Grenoble

Spends a semester, trimester, summer, or academic year studying in a location that's every outdoor-enthusiast's dream: The French Alps. Join CEA in the city of Grenoble and...

CEA Study Abroad in Dublin, Ireland

Ireland : Dublin

Spend a semester, a summer, or an academic year immersing into Irish life in vibrant Dublin! This capital city boasts one of Europe's youngest and most diverse populations,...

CEA Study Abroad in Shanghai, China

China : Shanghai

Study abroad with CEA in Shanghai and experience life on the leading edge of the global economy. Shanghai, long known as the "Gateway to the West," is home to hundreds of...

CEA Study Abroad in Galway, Ireland

Ireland : Galway

Come to Galway with CEA and discover why this college town is known as "Ireland's cultural heart." Spend your summer, semester, or academic year immersed into Irish life

CEA Study Abroad in Berlin, Germany

Germany : Berlin

Study abroad for a summer in Berlin with CEA and immerse into student life in one of Europe's most powerful, influential cities. With its tumultuous past and high-tech present,...

Staff Interviews

  • Cristina Valles - Prague Center Director

    Cristina’s passion for travel has taken her around the world, she has lived and worked for different multinational American companies in Barcelona, Brussels, and Milan. Her drive to keep learning has led her to gain experience in areas of expertise such as Sales & Product Training, Marketing, Corporate Education & Operations Management, Talent Management, and Leadership Development. After nine years living in Prague, Cristina still thinks of the city as one of the most exciting and beautiful in the world – and a place where every day is the start of a new adventure. Her experience in Prague makes her an incredible resource and source of inspiration for students participating in CEA’s Prague programs.

    CEA Orientation in Prague int the Fall of 2014
    CEA Prague Orientation, Fall 2014.

    How did you get connected with CEA?

    In 2013, I was looking for a job and CEA approached me. At that time I didn’t know much about the study abroad industry, since I had been working mostly for industrial and consumer industries. As I started reading and learning about this field, I immediately realized that it was a field I wanted to work in. Study abroad is related to my educational background (Bachelor’s Degree in Education Studies); I could apply my working experience in business, operations, and marketing to the field; and (mostly) I liked the fact that I would interact with students. I love the human dimension of this work.

    What does your day-to-day look like as the Prague Center Director?

    During a typical working day, I may be busy with a wide variety of tasks that range from planning the following semester, meeting with students, connecting with CEA international centers and colleagues, welcoming University visitors, looking for new apartments or revising housing stock, overseeing academic matters, meeting with staff, conference calls with the home office, health and safety-related issues, talking to parents, recruiting new staff members, etc. Every day is a challenge – I juggle many different topics and having a very strong staff/team and being able to multitask is key.

    Student arriving for a study abroad program in Prague.

    CEA Prague Arrivals, Fall 2014

    You have a background in finance and talent management, how did you apply these skills to your work with CEA?

    My background in finance has given me the ability to look very critically at all operations, keeping efficiency and costs in mind. We are always trying to improve processes and do it within the company budget framework.

    Talent Management enables me to spot the skills and talent within my staff, assign them projects for which they have the corresponding skills, and help them develop. It has also helped me assess the students’ skills, allowing us to provide them with the right volunteering/internship placements so they can have the best possible experience and grow as future professionals.

    What’s the number one tip you would give to a student applying to CEA’s program in Prague?

    Come to Prague to discover a city anchored in different historic, cross-cultural times; studying abroad with CEA provides you with a wide English curriculum to choose from and an extraordinary on-site team that will support and guide you through your life changing experience.

    Thanksgiving dinner.

    CEA Prague Thanksgiving Dinner, Fall 2013

    What is the current population of CEA students in Prague?

    We currently host around 500 students annually.

    You speak five languages, how does CEA work to incorporate and foster language learning at the Prague Center?

    Languages are key to working and interacting in the current multilingual world. At CEA Prague, the whole staff speaks very good English and are all native Czech/Slovak speakers. We encourage our students to learn the Czech language through our popular “Czech language and Culture” courses offered at our partner university.

    From your own experience, what is a typical day like for a CEA student in Prague?

    Usually our students have classes in the morning, afternoon, or evening. Before or after class they typically drop by the CEA Center (located two minutes walking distance from our partner university) to use the computer lab, complete assignments, print, consult on topics with CEA staff, or gather in the Center before participating in a CEA-lead cultural activity or excursion. In their free time, our students enjoy exploring the city; they also like to travel and discover Europe on the weekends.

    How do you ensure the security of CEA’s students in Prague?

    Prague is a very safe city, but things do happen, from pickpocketing to taxi scams and lost wallets, etc. During our Student Orientation, we provide a comprehensive presentation that makes them aware of possible Health & Safety risks and provides advice. We also bring in the Vice Consul of the American Embassy as a guest speaker, giving students valuable advice from his daily experience. 

    We also cover Health & Safety in our weekly CEA Newsletter, providing our students with recommendations and advice on a range of topics that vary according to the season. These may include topics such as how to travel safely, how to avoid the flu, or what to do if you get sick, etc.

    If issues arise, we provide the CEA 24/7 emergency phone number that students can call for assistance. We also follow very thorough Health & Safety protocols, based on the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice. 

    Do you have plans of expanding your specific program in any way?

    For the past year and a half, we’ve been working on expanding the program with two main objectives: to support students’ integration into the local community and to provide students with a strong active learning experience. With these goals in mind, we have implemented a series of co-curricular initiatives including the Internship Program, the iShare Volunteering program, a Photo Contest, a Buddy Program, and a Career Development program.

    What is the most fulfilling aspect of your job with CEA?

    For me, the most fulfilling aspect of working for CEA is the human dimension of the job -- from working with amazing people, excellent CEA professionals, and University visitors, to working daily with American students and their dreams, challenges, and everyday worries.