The concept of studying abroad is to take your domestic education to an international level; to learn and to contribute to the educational process in a foreign setting. This becomes difficult when culturally different groups shy away from the challenge for a variety of reasons. In the perspective of an African American, the major obstacle that keeps us from studying abroad are financial, but there are also factors such as psychological roadblocks that are subconsciously created through environmental influence. If these barriers were overcome, many more African Americans…

My study abroad experience in Costa Rica is quickly coming to an end after almost four months! Studying abroad was one of the best decisions I have ever made and I love sharing my experience! These are a few things I wish I knew before going abroad… It is scary! Moving to another country is terrifying. The first few weeks were very strange. You soon learn to find your rhythm and routine. Just remember your family and friends are only a phone call away. Culture shock is very…

We asked our CEA Alumni Ambassadors what they would say if they has 60 seconds to convince a friend to study or intern abroad. In celebration of International Education Week, here are the top 3 reasons you should go abroad. The Friendships “Studying abroad was the best decision I have ever made. You get to travel the world, meet amazing people and go on new adventures while you are studying and learning things that will help you in your future. I never thought I would come back to…

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Can you believe it? You completed every grueling assignment, late night cramming session, and early morning exam. You’ve hung up your gown to get rid of the creases and decorated your cap to stand out in the crowd. You’re excited and nervous to embark on the next chapter of your life. Whether that is grad school, jobs, internships, or traveling… We want to say congratulations! All those years of hard work finally paid off, and now it’s your moment to polish those “adulting” skills you’ve been practicing and shine like…

You know what would be fun? Meeting up and hanging out with other CEA alumni from your school–so let’s make it happen! Join CEA team members and fellow CEA alumni and share all of your “when I studied abroad…” stories (and network!) with people who get it.  Or, if you’re still in the study abroad planning stages, stop by to connect with other people who have been through the same thing (yup, lots of tips for you from their experiences!). Mark your calendars and click the links for:…

You aren’t abroad—yet. What can you do while you wait? Or, you’ve returned from your amazing time abroad—but your friends and family have heard “When I studied abroad…” one too many times. Whether you’re excited for your study abroad departure, or you’re missing the awesome memories you made, join CEA this Fall for mixers at Indiana University, Penn State, and University of Arizona. You’ll have a chance to prepare to go abroad, mingle with each other and recap the amazing time you had. 4 Reasons You’ll Want to…

Should I study abroad? Will studying abroad impact my graduation date? What will it be like living in another country? Choosing to study abroad is a big decision – and lots of questions can come up during that process. Whether you’re making the decision to study abroad in Spring 2015, or you’re just waiting for your plane to take off, here are a few common study abroad myths, courtesy of Josh, Patrick, and Shane. What do these guys know? All three pulled from their own study abroad experience…

June is flying by, so it’s time to check in and see what’s been going on in our summer CEA study abroad programs. Judging by the photos, we can safely say the start to the summer has been nothing short of fun and getting to know study abroad cities in some pretty awesome ways! Here are a few highlights from around the world: Prague: We all love food in our study abroad cities, but Prague students took it one step further by learning how to cook local dishes….

This summer, we’re putting a spotlight on some of our male study abroad students. They’re from a wide variety of universities around the U.S. and they decided that their college experience meant taking their classroom global–so they packed up and headed out to cities around the world to soak up a new culture, immerse themselves in a new language and meet amazing friends, all while taking classes. But the phenomenal group of CEA alumni we’re about to introduce has another role: They’re also rock star members of CEA’s…

In the days leading up to departure, many of us don’t expect to return to the U.S. as the same person. Some of us hope to return proficient in a foreign language, others just hope to have a solid grasp of the basics. We also hope to come back with several photo albums full of incredible memories and the invaluable knowledge of immersing in a culture, but what else does this adventure have in store for us? Each study abroad student has their own unique experiences but here…