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Cultural Engagement

Engaging with and learning from the host community is an integral piece of the study abroad experience and a key to expanding one's worldview. Cultural engagement can also be one of the most enjoyable—yet challenging—aspects of living in a new culture. CEA strives to facilitate these experiences for our students through multiple opportunities; whether on a group outing to a performance of Swan Lake in Rome or volunteering at an organic farm in San José, Costa Rica, CEA approaches our cultural engagement activities with intentionality. These purposefully planned activities engage students with various aspects of local culture. Cooking workshops, football matches, museum exhibits, and hiking are just some of the planned experiences that help students feel more at home in their new city.


There's no better way to engage with the host culture than by giving back to it. Students enjoy a myriad of opportunities to uncover their host culture's many layers; from dedicated volunteering placements spanning the length of their program to one-off opportunities, there's no shortage of ways to get involved.


Excursions take students outside of their host city and into other regions of their host country to gain a more holistic perspective of the culture. From daytrips to nearby destinations like beaches, wineries, coffee farms, and quaint towns, to overnight trips to more distant locations, students find excursions a fun way to venture outside their host city and expand their knowledge of the host country's culture.


Attention to Detail
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…CEA staff members have been fantastic—friendly, efficient, highly professional, and dedicated to the success of our program.

William L. North , Associate Professor & Chair, Department of History
Carleton College

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