Submitted by Celia Skvaril - Depaul University | May 23, 2016
I had an amazing experience with CEA London. Cassandra was such an amazing program director. She would drop anything she was doing if a student needed something. She really went above and beyond her job description. I really enjoyed the trips and activities that CEA had planned for us, they were nicely spread out and really got us out into the community and country.
Program: CEA Study Abroad in London, England
Greatest place to study
Submitted by Benjamin Rocha Vasquez - Metropolitan State University of Denver | May 12, 2016
Being centrally located, it is very cheap to travel on the weekends. It has many amazing attractions in the Czech Republic as well. The people are quite friendly and the program directors are there for any concerns and needs you may come across from. I really enjoyed my time here and wished I could have stayed here longer.
"No Pasa Nada"
Submitted by Heather - Carroll University | May 11, 2016
If you spend a semester in Spain, Granada in particular, you’re bound to hear “No pasa nada” very often. Similar to “hakuna matata,” it means “no worries.” The environment and atmosphere in Granada is so different from anything I’ve ever experienced, and it allowed me to enjoy every moment I could while I was in Spain. Between traveling around Spain and to other countries in Europe, Granada became a second home.
Initially, I wanted to study abroad with CEA because they offer internships. I interned with a social services agency called the Albihar Foundation, which focuses on the well-being of women, children, and the elderly. Each week I spent 4-5 hours with an elderly woman and got to know her very well. She’d talk to me about her childhood, her family, traveling, and Spanish politics, something I never would’ve known much about had I not spent time with Encarnacion. Over the course of the semester, I kept a journal and wrote a paper about the foundation and the time I spent with Encarnacion. My internship was one of my favorite things about my semester abroad, and was a unique experience I wouldn't have had otherwise.
In addition to my internship, CEA had volunteer opportunities at local schools, day cares, and elderly care centers in Granada. I spent a couple of hours every week assisting a preschool teacher with art lessons for the students, and teaching them English vocabulary. I had an amazing time speaking English and Spanish with the children, and learning from them.
Classes were held at The Center for the Modern Languages (El Centro de Las Lenguas Modernas), and allowed students from different programs to connect. The professors are attentive, helpful, and more than willing to explain any questions. The classes were engaging and helped my Spanish improve exponentially. The CEA on-site program specialists also helped me understand the language; for the second half of the semester, one of the on-site specialists tutored me once a week, and my understanding of Spanish grammar greatly improved.
What made me especially glad that I chose CEA were the program specialists. They were easy to relate to, and provided any information we needed. CEA planned fun excursions that we could take as a group, and those trips allowed me to see many other parts of Spain: Ronda, Seville, Malaga, Cordoba, and a weekend in Morocco.
Overall, I'm very satisfied with the time I spent in Granada, and I think about it every day. I miss the food, my Spanish friends, and the amazing places I visited during my four months abroad.
Program: CEA Study Abroad in Granada, Spain
I love CEA!
Submitted by Ben - Chapman University | May 11, 2016
The Prague CEA staff are all about making your experience amazing! They have great facilities to help students including a computer lab (free printing), free gym sessions, free excursions, free rental of travel books and adapters. The staff is so friendly. When it comes to housing, they are 100% on your side when there are issues in your apt and the landlord.
I never want to leave
Submitted by Emily - Hofstra University | May 09, 2016
My experience in Prague with CEA has been greater than my wildest dreams! I have seriously not stopped smiling for the past four months and the fact that I have to go home in two weeks is absolutely heartbreaking. Prague is the most beautiful city in the entire world and I've gotten to live right in the heart of it. The architecture is picturesque, the views are unreal and the beer is cheap... actually everything in Prague is very inexpensive compared to prices in some other European cities. CEA provided me with a great apartment that is only a 5 minute walk from the Charles Bridge, and a ten minute walk to school. The staff at CEA have been so welcoming and friendly and are there to help us with any little thing we might need. The activities they plan for students have been so much fun and a great way to meet new people. I have never felt alone here because I know that the program staff are always there for me. I would very highly recommend this program to anyone and everyone!!