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Custom Programs

At CEA, it is our goal to help create and facilitate opportunities for personal and professional growth and global understanding for students. According to Open Doors 2009 national survey data , interest in faculty-led and group study abroad programs has increased dramatically in the past decade. Students are increasingly seeking opportunities to study abroad with faculty or groups organized by their home institution.

We understand the tremendous work involved in setting up and operating a successful academic program abroad and we can help. CEA has knowledgeable staff and strong professional international infrastructure specialized in helping universities and faculty develop customized programs. We offer a wide range of custom program options abroad, including opportunities for universities to expand their study abroad offerings through faculty-directed and group program arrangements designed to meet your academic and programmatic needs.


Faculty from your university may choose to:

  • Lead a study abroad overseas and teach your own courses
  • Partner with another U.S. university and/or CEA on customizing your course to include an international component
  • Take advantage of our existing interactive curriculum at one of our nine CEA Study Abroad Centers

CEA's Study Abroad Centers provide U.S. faculty with facilities, international teaching expertise and knowledge of the host city and culture, helping you reduce the costs of adding an international component to your curriculum as well as organizing and coordinating a study abroad program. Our Academic Team is available for curricular support, including suggestions for guest speakers, site visits, tours, lectures, etc, that enhance students' grasp of identified course objectives as well as their understanding of the host culture.

Our staff will help create opportunities to engage faculty and allow students to experience the host city as an extension of the classroom. CEA will collaborate with your university to build a strong academic framework and help ensure a high quality study abroad experience.

Our staff is ready to assist you in developing curriculum and intercultural activities that engage course objectives, hiring faculty if appropriate, and recruiting guest speakers and lectures as needed. Through our CEA Study Abroad Centers, we also can ensure that you or your faculty have quality facilities for teaching and student learning.


Students will receive an orientation to the campus and city, including the following overviews:

  • CEA policies (academics, code of conduct, housing, etc.)
  • Health and safety
  • Insurance
  • Emergency contacts
  • Basic "survival" workshop (language, transportation tips, maps, information centers, etc.)


CEA will arrange for housing for both students (apartments, residence halls) and faculty (1 bedroom), if needed. All housing is carefully chosen to provide an optimal experience for participants. A variety of housing options are available, such as homestays, apartments, residence halls, casas universitarias and hotels. Options vary by destination and program duration.

Social & Cultural Immersion Activities

CEA arranges for various activities (typically one per week) for students to learn about the host culture. Throughout every program a variety of social and cultural activities are included, introducing students to local events, traditions and activities, or arranging opportunities to interact with locals, eat local cuisine and explore important sites within the city.. Students may take tango or flamenco lessons, enjoy a scavenger hunt throughout the host city, go on a boat cruise or tour a local museum. Your students will have an opportunity to interact with other CEA students, have fun, make friends and experience the city from a new perspective.


Another benefit of studying abroad is the opportunity for students to explore places of historic and scenic value in the city and surrounding areas while relating their experiences to their studies. Students will have opportunities to participate in standard or customized excursions as part of their program. Whether a day trip or an overnight excursion, students will enjoy the chance to get out and explore more of the host country.


CEA provides comprehensive, international medical insurance for all students. Coverage is required for all student participants, but is also offered as an option for Faculty at an additional cost.

Additional Program Features

Program additions are available upon request, including airport pick-up/drop-off, meal plans, volunteer opportunities, language exchanges, local transportation, cell phones and much more.

Start planning your custom program today or review our frequently asked questions.

To request more information, contact your Regional Consultant or call 1-877-449-2775.