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Custom Study Abroad Programs
Why CEA?

Learn about CEA's COVID-19 protocols and how we support the health and safety of students, staff, and faculty.

About Custom Programs

Whether you want to offer a course taught by your own faculty or a customized group arrangement in an area of interest, CEA provides the expert support, resources, and flexibility you need to create your own custom program in 18 locations around the globe.

The CEA Advantage'

The CEA Advantage

We understand how much work designing a custom or faculty-led program requires. From deciding on a theme or topic for your program, to selecting the location, to establishing connections with local guest lecturers, businesses, and other experts in the field, to finally making all the logistical arrangements onsite, the process can seem overwhelming. By partnering with CEA, you’ll gain access to our international and U.S. staff expertise and our extensive networks. You won’t have to worry about doing all of this alone! We’ll make every step of the process as seamless and easy as possible.

Program Development
  • Specialized program inclusions to align with student learning outcomes
  • Curriculum development (if needed)
  • Flexible pricing options for your budget
  • Marketing and recruitment support
  • Student advising and document collection
  • Visa application instructions and support
  • Final program planning
  • Feedback survey and debrief discussions
  • Official transcripts from School of Record or grade reports (as needed for CEA-taught courses)
  • Official transcripts from local partner institutions (as needed for partner-taught courses)
  • Airport transfer upon arrival
  • Comprehensive onsite orientation, including health and safety
  • Classroom space at a CEA Study Center or local academic facility
  • CEA and/or international partner institution courses (if needed)
  • Co-curricular and active learning activities
  • Daytrips and overnight excursions to sites of interest
  • Internship, service learning, and volunteer opportunities (varies by location)
  • Cultural activities and group meals
  • Diverse housing options for students and faculty
  • Extensive co-curricular and logistical support from permanent onsite staff
  • Student-centered approach to special accommodations
  • Risk management and 24/7 emergency support
  • Liability, medical, emergency, and evacuation insurance coverage
Quality Academic Programming

Commitment to Quality Academic Programming

International Infrastructure

Established International Infrastructure

Flexibility in Program Options

Flexibility in Program Options & Inclusions

Robust Support Services

Robust Support Services

Health & Safety Coverage

Health & Safety Coverage



Located in academically significant cities across Europe and Latin America, CEA can accommodate a range of instruction and program types.

Our CEA Study Centers provide instructional technology, office space, computer labs, Internet access, study areas, and faculty lounges. In most locations, your faculty and students may also utilize our international partners’ academic resources.


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**


CEA Support Services'

CEA Support Services

CEA’s international staff and faculty come from a range of backgrounds, with extensive academic experience and expertise in international education that allows them to collaborate with custom and faculty-led program leaders on unique program designs. From conservation in Costa Rica to film studies in France, Mediterranean cultural studies in Spain to business in Ireland or engineering in Italy, our international staff members utilize their first-hand local knowledge and contacts to facilitate academically engaging experiences for your program.
Our dedicated Custom Programs team, based in the Phoenix CEA Home Office, and our Institutional Relations team support your faculty and students (and their families) from the program development process through the group’s arrival onsite. Your CEA Regional Director and Custom Program Coordinator partner with your study abroad office and faculty leaders to develop comprehensive programs that fulfill your academic objectives and vision, all within a set price that meets your budget needs.
The success of your custom study abroad program depends, in great part, on the planning, marketing, and recruitment strategies you implement before you even set foot abroad. From understanding your target audience—your students—and what motivates their decisions both in and out of the classroom, to defining key communication points and delivering them to students through the right media, a little planning goes a long way. We’re here to help!

CEA offers marketing and recruitment support through the program development and pre-departure process. We can:
  • Walk you through the steps needed to develop a robust student outreach and recruitment plan, from program conception through departure
  • Create promotional flyers, digital signage, PowerPoint presentations, email campaigns, and social media posts highlighting course, city, and program features
  • Assist with on-campus or virtual information sessions, presentations, study abroad fairs, etc.
We prioritize the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff at each step of the custom program process. In all CEA locations, we’ve established emergency response procedures and safety protocols aligned with the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practices. In addition, we utilize resources from the U.S. Department of State, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Overseas Security Advisory Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

CEA also enrolls all students and faculty leaders in a mandatory medical insurance and emergency support plan. This uniform policy ensures that program participants have the insurance coverage they need abroad, while allowing CEA staff to respond expediently and consistently if emergencies arise.

As COVID-19 continues to affect life around the globe in unprecedented ways, the safety of our students remains our highest priority. CEA has put into place a series of protocols and procedures as well as updated our policies to reflect this unprecedented time. It is our goal to provide students, universities, and parents with the information they need to fulfill their goal of a safe international education experience. Visit our COVID-19 Protocols page for more information.
CEA is committed to increasing access to study abroad and helping students fulfill their potential through our Custom and Faculty-Led Program Scholarship program. Visit our Scholarship page for details.
Our CEA Study Centers are managed by highly qualified, locally knowledgeable academic directors, all trained in industry standards of good practice. The University of New Haven (UNH) in West Haven, Connecticut, serves as the School of Record for courses taught at CEA Study Centers. All CEA-taught courses are designed at a high level of academic rigor and taught by qualified instructors.

CEA also utilizes strategic academic partnerships to strengthen our offerings. Our standard programs are designed, monitored, and approved in collaboration with respected international institutions and their accrediting bodies, host countries, and U.S. and international faculty.

By partnering with CEA on your custom program, you can take advantage of our academic expertise and partnerships to enhance your program through added courses, customized academic content, guest lecturers, access to local academic resources, and more.

“I could not have been more pleased with the level of professionalism, attention to detail, helpfulness, and enthusiasm that CEA provided throughout the process. Not only was the Phoenix staff extremely helpful and timely, but the on the ground staff in Paris went above and beyond our expectations. And while I believe that partnering with CEA for a study abroad is perfect for a first time program or faculty member, even an old pro like me can benefit from their excellent level of service and commitment. Thank you CEA and we look forward to being back in Paris!!”

Dr. Chris Haynes, Assistant Professor of Political Science at University of New Haven

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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 experience and expertise to develop a signature program for your university.

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