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Getting Started

CEA makes it easy for you to create and facilitate custom and faculty-led programs while expanding your study abroad offerings. We understand how much planning, energy, and effort go into creating a successful study abroad program – and we handle the details, so you don't have to.

On this page, we'll walk you through the program lifecycle step by step, including CEA’s approach to program development, pre-departure, arrival onsite, and post-program support. You can get started today by contacting your CEA Regional Director to discuss your program ideas. If you are a faculty program leader, please ensure you work with your Study Abroad Office to obtain any needed program approvals from your institution.

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Program Development

Choose your program's academic structure
  • Faculty-Led: Your faculty leads a group abroad and teaches a specific course(s)
  • Group Program: Students enroll in CEA- and/or partner institution-taught courses as part of a specifically designed program
  • Hybrid Program: Your faculty leads a group, teaches a specific course, and students also enroll in CEA- and/or partner institution-taught courses
Determine Program Duration and Term
  • Program length options include J-Term, summer, Maymester, intersession, quarter, trimester, block, semester, or academic year; programs are typically a minimum of three weeks.
Select Your Program’s Location

CEA supports programs in the locations seen below. In each of these cities, CEA has established programming, infrastructure, and staffing. This allows us to provide the robust academic, logistical, and health/safety support for which we’re known.


Czech Republic
• Prague

• Aix-en-Provence
• French Riviera: Antibes
• French Alps: Grenoble
• Paris

• Budapest

• Dublin
• Galway

• Florence
• Rome

• Amsterdam

• Alicante
• Barcelona
• Granada
• Madrid
• Seville

Latin America

• Buenos Aires

Costa Rica
• San José

Choose Academic Enhancements

Our active learning focus allows students to gain a deeper understanding of the curriculum. Both in and out of the classroom, academic enhancements encourage students to connect their first-hand observations to the subjects they study. You may choose to complement your program’s academics with:

Guest Lectures

Guest Lectures

Business and Site Visits

Business and Site Visits

Service Learning

Service Learning*



Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer Opportunities*

*Availability varies based on location and program duration

Explore Housing Options

We choose housing that provides an optimal experience for students. Housing varies by location and duration of the program, but may include:

Shared Apartments

Shared Apartments

Residence Halls

Residence Halls

Homestays With Local Families

Homestays With Local Families

Hotels or Hostels

Hotels or Hostels

Explore Beyond the Classroom

Our knowledgeable onsite staff and extensive local networks allow students to explore notable sites with historic, cultural, and scenic value and relate these experiences to their studies. You may designate specific activities or rely on CEA’s expertise to design co-curriculars that complement program objectives, such as:

Day Trips or Overnight Excursions

Day Trips or Overnight Excursions

Cultural Engagement

Cultural Engagement

Social Activities

Social Activities

Request a Proposal

“Over the six years that we have worked with CEA on our custom program to Rome we have been consistently impressed by the quality of collaboration, the attention to details—both logistical and academic—and the collegiality of the staff both in the US and especially in Rome. Furthermore, CEA’s program pricing has been highly competitive, and they have been very responsive and creative in finding affordable and high quality solutions to our needs. On site, CEA staff members have been fantastic—friendly, efficient, highly professional, and dedicated to the success of our program. The study center in Prati has offered us very well-equipped teaching spaces and has many aspects of our complex program run even more smoothly. They are truly colleagues in our academic endeavor.”

William L. North, Associate Professor of History at Carleton College
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We'll Help You Recruit and Prepare Students By:

  • Providing recruitment tools and resources
  • Offering student services support such as pre-departure forms, visa advising, and addressing student/family questions
  • Arranging a video call with you and CEA onsite staff to plan a daily program schedule of activities
  • Assisting with the design and facilitation of a comprehensive pre-departure orientation
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Arrival Onsite

Once Students and Faculty Arrive OnSite, We Will:

  • Provide airport transfer, an arrival orientation focusing on health and safety during the program, and a tour of the city
  • Keep onsite staff available during every aspect and stage of the program
  • Offer 24/7 emergency support and handle student issues as needed
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Post-Program Support

After the Program Ends, We Will:

  • Provide transcripts or grade reports as needed
  • Send program evaluations
  • Meet with you to debrief and begin planning any future programs

Learn More

Find additional information about CEA's Custom and Faculty-Led programming and support:

Why CEA?

Discover how CEA can support your vision for a custom and/or faculty-led program abroad.

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Program Options

Explore the variety of academic disciplines, co-curricular programming, and cultural engagement activities that CEA can support across our locations.

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Signature Programs

Learn how you can draw upon CEA's experiences and expertise to develop a signature program for your university.

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