April Arrowood is responsible for providing pre-departure support to students, family members, and university faculty and staff in her role as Senior Student Services Coordinator, Custom & Faculty-Led Programs. She enjoys collaborating with university partners and international staff to prepare students for their time abroad. Prior to joining the Custom Programs team, April gained six years of student advising and international education experience in multiples roles on the CEA Admissions team.
April is a graduate of the University of Arizona where she double majored in Communications and Spanish Literature. During this time, she participated on a semester study abroad program in Alcalá de Henares, Spain to earn credits toward her Spanish degree. She has continued to travel the world since then visiting many countries in Europe and Latin America.
Michelle Esche works closely with university staff and faculty, alongside CEA’s University Relations team and international Program Directors, to develop and facilitate high-quality custom programs that meet and support both university and student needs.
Michelle holds a Master of Arts in International Education from SIT Graduate Institute and a Bachelor of Arts in Communication Studies from DePaul University. Before transitioning to her most recent role, Michelle was a CEA Student Services Coordinator for custom programs. In this role, she advised hundreds of students through the pre-departure process on topics such as course registration, visas, and housing selection.
As an undergraduate, Michelle studied abroad through DePaul University’s Madrid custom program; she attended La Universidad Complutense de Madrid to complete her Spanish minor. While studying abroad, Michelle took the opportunity to travel throughout Spain and Europe, where she visited destinations including Paris, Rome, Florence, Venice, and Lisbon.
Sarah Becker, in her role as the Custom & Faculty-Led Program Coordinator, works closely with professors and administrators at colleges and universities to create and execute short-term custom or faculty-led study abroad programs in Argentina, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, and Spain. With extensive experience in the field of international education, Sarah works to develop motivating programs that challenge students to learn through experience.
Sarah holds a Master’s degree in Global Studies and a Bachelor’s degree in Cultural Anthropology and Spanish, and has participated and administered various study, teach, and service learning programs in Argentina, Colombia, Croatia, Israel, Spain, Thailand, and the United States. Immediately prior to joining CEA, Sarah worked as the on-site Program Director of an English teaching program in Colombia, and uses her field experience directly to the development of her programs.
Sarah’s advice to students who want to live abroad is to “forget any expectations you may have going into your experience. Don’t compare this experience to others you may have had elsewhere, and keep your mind open to trying new things!”
Alyssa works on the Custom Programs team, which organizes unique study and internship abroad programs for CEA’s U.S. university partners. Alyssa has worked in higher education in many different capacities, including as a study abroad advisor at Northern Kentucky University and as a program manager for a science outreach initiative at Arizona State University. Alyssa studied abroad in Russia while pursuing a degree in biology and international studies, using funding from scholarships offered by the United States Departments of State and Homeland Security, for which she has since served as a judge and reader. She is passionate about helping students find creative ways to fund their international education and make the most of their time abroad. She had a life-changing experience while studying abroad and wants other young people to have the same opportunity.