There’s no doubt that when you study abroad you’re going to want to do some traveling. As much as you love your host city, there’s so many other places to see and visit. Going on a small trip does take some planning, but it’s definitely manageable and can easily be in your budget. Here’s how to organize a successful mini-trip while abroad: Select Your Destination There are so many beautiful and fascinating places to visit. Get inspired by looking on Pinterest, go to your dream country, or take…

CEA surpassed all of my dreams of what a study abroad program could be. From amazing teachers who want to give you their worldly knowledge to tapas classes taught by some of the best chefs in Barcelona, CEA really had it all. One of my favorite parts of CEA was the AICAP program. Academic Integrated Cultural Activities Programs, helps you connect your experiences outside the classroom with the content you learn in class. For a small deposit, CEA students are given the option to attend additional trips, whether…

When studying abroad in Barcelona, it is almost impossible not to fall in love with the land of endless sunshine and adventure.  With its incredible food scene, close proximity to the beach, vibrant culture and nightlife, it is very easy to get swept up in the excitement.  For those of us traveling on a college budget, these expenses can quickly pile up.  Luckily, there are plenty of opportunities to experience the thriving atmosphere of Barcelona without breaking the bank! Take advantage of Barcelona’s beautiful outdoor spaces There are…

You just landed in your study abroad destination, your home for the next small chunk of your life. You’re probably sleep deprived, nervous, excited and don’t quite know where to begin. Here’s a small list that might help you make the adjustment and the most out of your first week in a new city. Get situated When you land in your destination, there’s unfortunately a lot of logistical issues to tackle. Yes, you’re about to embark on an amazing adventure, but it’s not a total vacation. You still…

This time last year I was beginning a five month adventure where I lived in Seville, Spain and I took on the world by traveling to surrounding cities and countries. The cities and cultures that I experienced taught me a lot about culture and behavior, but as it turns out, I also taught a lesson or two of my own. A lesson about what it means to be Black. Even though I was with hundreds of other Americans who were abroad in Seville, my “minority” status still stuck…

CEA Alumni Ambassador, Mika went to Paris, France with CEA and was inspired to keep travelling and learning about new cultures, after her first study abroad experience. In this video, she goes to Lebanon, to interview people about their culture. CEA Study Abroad creates inquisitive, open-minded, global students, expanding their horizons. Have a good alumni story? Submit it to alumni@ceastudyabroad.com Mika R. is a CEA Alumni. She studied Communications in Paris in the Spring of 2016 and is currently a graduate student studying Intercultural Communications at Illinois State University.

Studying and interning abroad in college is one of the best decisions I’ve made and I am eternally grateful to have had that experience. I studied abroad with CEA at University of Westminster in London not too long ago, taking a couple internships along the way, while still being able to travel on the weekends and during school holidays. These were some of the best experiences of my life, studying in a classroom where I could hear multiple accents, catapulting my career, immersing myself in European culture. I…

Okay, I don’t know about you, but I LOVE coffee. Like 4+ cups of coffee a day. I know it’s a bit obsessive but once you come to Prague you’ll understand why. Back in the States, I would have my morning coffee when I woke up. My roommates and I would take turns waking up first and making a pot and then go about our days, I might have stopped at Starbucks or The Market on Larimer Square. back in Denver, CO where I attended university but that…

Almost exactly 4 months ago I was about to come back home to the States and I was NOT excited about it. Just like most people, I loved my study abroad, and I had been gone for almost a full year, I could barely remember what life back home was supposed to be like. I had made wonderful new friends and had a lot of new adventures, I didn’t want to go back to where none of these things were. This is why I decided to be an…

There is a statement that I share when people ask me about my study abroad trip to Costa Rica, “You haven’t lived until you go abroad.” The truth in this statement came from my experience in Costa Rica for a month. In just one month I saw so many people, been to beautiful places, and discovered new things that changed my perception of life. I remember the day when I was in high school in my Spanish class and saw an article about Costa Rica with a picture…