CEA’s Global Career Development Certificate (GCDC) offer students the opportunity to expand their pre-professional experience by connecting with mentors in their field of interest. Participating in this mentorship program enhances students’ résumé by helping them develop a career path while practicing skills that many employers value.
The GCDC incorporates a 1-credit seminar, designed to guide exploration into a career field of interest and engage students in learning about career development and global competency. In the mentorship component of the program, students are matched with a local professional who works in an industry aligned with students’ majors. Mentors have extensive experience and come from a variety of backgrounds, in areas such as:
Students enhance their self-awareness by assessing the skills necessary for their desired career path, reflecting on personal attributes, evaluating career opportunities, and increasing their global competency. GCDC participants learn to articulate their study abroad experience through career and professional development opportunities.
Many service learning placements don’t require foreign language skills; those that do help students gain proficiency in the host language. Along with part-time placements, students enroll in academic courses that place real-life experience into context. Service learning goes beyond traditional volunteering, integrating theoretic and practical components such as:
CEA Study Centers programs offer discipline-based learning while cultivating global competence, providing the ideal learning environment for students who seek to understand tomorrow’s ethical, social-political, and demographic challenges. Students choose from a diverse range of subjects that incorporate on-site instruction and active learning with career-boosting opportunities such as international internships, service learning, and volunteering.
CEA Study Center courses are transcribed by our School of Record, the University of New Haven, a U.S. regionally accredited university, accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Each CEA Study Center is managed by highly qualified, locally knowledgeable staff, all trained to offer study abroad programs that meet industry standards.
CEA Study Centers are centrally located in cities chosen for their cultural, political, economic, and historical significance. Our locations enhance your ability to engage with local language and culture, while facilitating connections to a larger global framework of business, international relations, politics, and socio-economic realities. CEA Study Center faculty and staff are dedicated to student support, with a focus on helping you develop the intercultural awareness and skills that define global competence.
We strategically choose our partner institutions to meet the diverse academic needs of students from a range of backgrounds and majors. We ensure academic quality by partnering with institutions that are formally recognized and/or accredited—either in the host country or in the U.S.—and that complement the core competencies offered through CEA Study Center programs.
Students attend class alongside local or other international students, providing the opportunity to immerse into student life. In addition, students can take full advantage of our partners’ on-campus resources, such as student clubs, sports, academic lectures, and co-curricular activities.
Students can choose from a range of courses in diverse subject areas and in some cases, they may access a partner institution’s full curriculum. Study abroad helps students gain cross-cultural understanding, critically analyze concepts, expand worldviews, and learn from faculty and an array of pedagogies. This integrated learning environment allows students to engage deeply with the host city’s culture, history, and society.
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.