As part of our 20th anniversary celebration, CEA is gathering two decades worth of interviews and insights from alumni. We present a unique and eye-opening perspective on international education from former CEA Aix-en-Provence student, Richie Santosdiaz who studied abroad with CEA in 2007, and is now an Expert in Economic Development, adjunct lecturer, founder of Young American Expat Before he arrived in Aix-en-Provence, Richie, a self-starter by heart, was not sure of what he was about to get himself into, but was still unphased by the prospect of living in an…

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In the United States, our connection to the Internet is not even dependent on the actual Internet connection. No Wifi? That’s what data is for, right? Before I studied abroad, I was guilty of taking advantage of my free data (or, if I went over, my fairly cheap data). Of course, I was most appreciative of my campus’s free Wifi that provided me with a steady stream of Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, and email updates all day long. I didn’t consider myself completely dependent on Wifi, but when you…

When I began volunteering with local non-profit organizations back home, I realized that giving back to the community inspired me, expanded my horizons, and allowed me to become the well-rounded person that I am today. This is the part of my life that allows me to step outside my comfort zone, better understand my strengths and overcome my weaknesses. For these reasons, I was enthralled to discover all of the volunteer programs that CEA has to offer in Costa Rica. Activities range from volunteering at a veterinary clinic to…

Studying abroad is a huge challenge for varsity collegiate athletes. I have many athlete friends who never studied abroad because they didn’t think they had the opportunity. I also have a few teammates who did study abroad but didn’t practice while overseas, losing the structured routine that comes with being on a varsity team. While in Barcelona, I was able to join a crew team, one of the best decisions I could have made. With a lot of independence, willpower, discipline, and an unrelenting dedication and love for…

My last semester as a senior, I was drowning in assignments, exams, even worse, that dreadful question of, “What are you going to do after college?” During my college career, I was a business development intern for a yogurt company, photographer for a local food blog, student intern for a casting company in Prague, CEA Senior Alumni Ambassador, and a business development associate for an interpretation company. Out of all of these roles, the defining moment of my college career was studying abroad in Prague. In all vulnerable moments…

  A tropical campus: How does it feel? What does it look like? What can we study? CEA students are always amazed to see the natural beauty of the academic environment here in San Jose, Costa Rica. CEA offers a variety of programs catered to diverse interests and backgrounds of study. Our students come to study psychology, art, history, business, and, most popularly, Spanish. Some of our featured programs include the Medical Spanish & Health Sciences, Intensive Spanish Language, and Liberal Arts & Environmental Sciences. One unique aspect…

Just like most fanatic Disney fans who are residents of Southern California, I enjoy visiting Disneyland multiple times a year (on average, 12) thanks to my annual pass. This became a minor worry when I decided to study abroad in Paris. How could I survive without a trip to Disneyland for four months? After a little research, it was a worry that would soon be resolved. While the ticket prices at Disneyland Paris are relatively lower than the ticket prices you would find at the Disneyland Resort in…

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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…

CEA Buenos Aires offers the ideal setting for study abroad with a diverse range of courses in a cultural setting that has retained its many old, European traditions while emerging as a political, commercial and industrial center of Argentina. Below, some professors from the Universidad del Belgrano and the CEA Buenos Aires Center give insight into some courses offered through the schools in Buenos Aires. Want to study abroad in Argentina with CEA? Check it out here! Course: Spanish for Business Prof. Graciela Lehmann “At Spanish for Business, we…

Being an Alumni Ambassador all started through my interaction with CEA when I studied abroad with them in Paris. From the first day I arrived, I was using social media to share my experience. I always hashtagged #ceaAbroad in my posts and loved posting about my experiences in Paris interacting with CEA on the digital media-level. After studying with CEA in Paris I spent a semester in Dublin with my home institution, but still interacted with CEA on Twitter. When I arrived home from my semester in Dublin,…