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Quality Assurance

CEA offers high-quality, discipline-based academic programs that integrate the host culture into an active learning pedagogy. We achieve this through:

  • Partnering with university faculty to ensure our course offerings meet the highest academic standards and expectations
  • Outlining course objectives and aligning them to measurable assessments
  • Using student feedback and self-assessments to continually focus on improving our academic offerings
  • CEA has successfully completed the The Forum on Education Abroad's Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) and all CEA programs are QUIP-recognized

Assessment and Evaluation

CEA actively conducts assessment and evaluation to enhance our academic programs.

School of Record's Role

The University of New Haven (UNH) serves as CEA’s School of Record, which oversees the entire approval process for CEA operations including faculty approvals, curriculum design, course approvals, and course credit assignment, and ensures that academic facilities meet the standards established by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE), which approves the School of Record agreement.

Instructional Assessment

CEA has developed an internal process for assessing and evaluating faculty performance and curriculum quality. Students provide mid-term and end-of-semester feedback for all CEA Study Center courses and faculty. We use this information to assess academic quality and promote continuous improvement.

Student Program Evaluations

Obtaining student feedback through program evaluations provides CEA with valuable information used to evaluate each program, develop recommendations, and monitor programs for continuous improvement. By summarizing results and utilizing comparative analysis across all CEA locations, we establish best practices and ensure consistency in student experiences world-wide.

Academic Performance Reviews

All CEA Study Centers are evaluated through a comprehensive Academic Performance Review by UNH, which consists of an extensive self-study report and site visit. All centers are evaluated every seven years.

Continuous Assessment

CEA captures assessment and evaluation information from a number of additional sources, including:

  • Meetings with students and international academic staff
  • Custom program student and faculty evaluations
  • Mid- and End-of-term faculty and course evaluations
  • Alumni Ambassador meetings and surveys
  • UNH Academic Performance Reviews
  • UNH Annual Report
  • University site visits and Familiarization Trips
  • Faculty observations by Academic Directors
  • QUIP Recognition by The Forum on Education Abroad

Experiential & Active Learning

Experiential learning is an enhanced instructional method through which students expand their knowledge through the transformation of an experience. In such a setting, you will actively participate in the experience by researching, performing an activity, reflecting on your observations, processing the experience, and generalizing the experience to apply the knowledge into real-world situations.

Our curriculum integrates a blend of High-Impact Practices, or HIPs, with our learning approaches and active experiences, so you can apply what you learn in class to the real world and vice-versa.

Take your learning to the next level by:

  • Researching a social issue and impacting change in CEA Service Learning programs
  • Hands-on learning through our International Internship programs
  • Engaged learning through our Academic Integrated Cultural Activities Program (AICAP) in which cultural activities are integrated into course objectives and academically assessed

CEA provides the following active learning opportunities:

  • Guest lectures by local experts
  • Language exchanges
  • Volunteering
  • Academic and extra-curricular activities
  • Career & Re-Entry workshops
  • Global Competency Development Certificate (GCDC)

High-Impact Practices (HIPs)

High-Impact Educational Practices (HIPs) are educational experiences that promote deep learning through student engagement that often lead to higher student retention rates. The American Association of Colleges and Universities (AAC&U) and Dr. George Kuh frame HIPs through the following experiences:

While there is no one unified approach to assessing these High Impact Educational Experiences, common outcomes indicate higher graduation rates and academic performance, as well as high student satisfaction as an undergraduate student (Kilgo, Sheets & Pascarella, 2015). Additionally, ‘Communities of Practice’ help narrow the focus and approach to student learning and are “groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly” (Wenger-Trayner, 2015, p. 1).

To be sure, there is relatively little known regarding the “stacking” of HIPs (Banks & Gutierréz, 2017). However, one aspect of HIPs is, when done well, these experiences can be transformational.

Credit Transfer

The transfer of academic credit is decided by your home university. CEA helps by providing detailed course descriptions, contact hours, syllabi, and recommended credits for courses. We've worked with more than 1,000 colleges and universities to successfully transfer study abroad credit.

Credit Approval

We recommend that you meet with your advisor prior to departure to have your course selections pre-approved. We strongly recommend approving multiple alternate courses due to course availability.

Credit Overview

All courses taken at a CEA Study Center follow the standard U.S. credit hour ratio: 15 contact hours is equivalent to 1 semester credit. Courses offered at CEA Study Centers typically meet for 45 contact hours, worth 3 U.S. semester credits. Courses offered at partner institutions vary depending on how credit is awarded. CEA provides credit conversions for courses taken at foreign partner institutions.

Depending on program enrollment, students will enroll into the following 3 options:

  1. CEA Study Center Program: For students taking courses at a CEA Study Center only, a transcript will be issued by CEA's School of Record, UNH (a U.S. regionally accredited university, accredited by NECHE).
  2. Hybrid Program: Transcript(s) will be issued by CEA's School of Record, UNH, and from the partner institution.
  3. Full Partner Program: Transcript(s) will be issued from the partner institution.

We highly encourage students to obtain a pre-approval of course(s) prior to departure to ensure their home university will accept foreign credits. CEA will provide supplemental information including an English translation template and foreign grading scale (if applicable).

ECTS Credits

A number of CEA's European partner institutions issue credits using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). ECTS incorporates “course units” that describe the student workload required to complete academic work and achieve learning outcomes

One ECTS credit corresponds to 25–30 hours of total student work; 60 credits represents one academic year worth of work, 30 credits represents a semester, and 20 credits represents a trimester. There’s not a universal formula for converting ECTS to U.S. credits, but many U.S. universities consider ECTS as a 2:1 ratio (2 ECTS credits = 1 U.S. credit).

CEA provides syllabi and recommended credits for each course offered at our partner institutions. Ultimately, each university will determine how ECTS credits will transfer into a student's degree program.

Transcripts & Security Deposit

The financial clearance and transcript release processes usually take up to 90 days after your program's end date. There may be additional processing time at your home university.

Post Program:
  • Students must request a copy of their transcripts through the Parchment self-service portal in order for this information to be sent to their home institution.
  • Transcripts can be ordered at any time but will not be completed until after your program has ended and grades have been processed.
  • Orders may take up to 90 days after your program end date to be completed.
  • Your order will contain all transcripts earned while abroad with CEA.
  • By default, transcripts will be sent digitally; hard copy transcripts are available upon request. When requesting a hard copy transcript, please confirm delivery address before placing order.
  • Questions? Contact
Additional Transcripts/Alumni:
  • Students may request copies of official transcripts via the Parchment self-service portal.
  • Transcripts are available from 90 days after the program end date.
  • Extra processing time may be required for programs 2015 and earlier. Please do not request additional transcripts or submit payment until your program has ended.
  • Transcripts for alumni 2016 to present will process within 1-2 business days.
  • If you attended a CEA program in one of the following locations, please contact or call 1.800.266.4441 before placing an order.
    • Australia
    • England (Brighton or London)
    • France (Aix-en-Provence – IAU College)
    • France (Dijon)
    • France (Paris – American University of Paris)
    • France (Paris – CEA Global Campus prior to Fall 2008)
    • Ireland (Cork, Galway, or Dublin City University)
    • Italy (SRISA, John Cabot, or any program prior to Fall 2007)
    • Mexico
    • Russia
    • South Africa
    • Spain (Salamanca)
  • For any further transcript information, please reach out to
Security Deposit

In the months following your program, CEA receives damage reports and invoices for costs incurred by students on-site. These costs could include course and lab fees, additional or upgraded housing fees, broken windows, damaged furniture or appliances, lock and key replacement, or loss of CEA property. While we hope that there are no extra fees or damage to your CEA housing, your security deposit covers these costs. We’ll refund any remaining amount to you.

Once your account is financially cleared, we’ll issue a refund check for the remaining balance in your name and mail it to the address you provided on your Re-Entry Evaluation. We start processing and mailing refund checks 90 days after your program ends.

You may check your financial clearance and security deposit status on your MyCEA Account. If you have questions about your security deposit, please contact

Accommodations in the Classroom

CEA supports students who require special academic accommodation(s). In order for us to determine if we can accommodate your academic support needs in a specific program and location, you must disclose and share any documentation for accommodation(s) received on your home campus early in the application process. We’ll coordinate with on-site staff and faculty and provide you with a written statement of accommodation(s) for your review and signature. Please note that the extent to which accommodations can be provided depends on the nature of the accommodation needed, and accessibility and available services in particular locations.

CEA Study Centers

The academic structure at our CEA Study Centers promotes discipline-based learning while cultivating global competence, the ideal learning environment for students who seek to understand tomorrow’s ethical, social-political, and demographic challenges. 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. institution accredited by the New England Commission of Higher Education (NECHE). Each CEA Study Center is managed by highly qualified, locally knowledgeable staff, all trained in industry standards of study abroad good practice.

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, and facilitate 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.

CEA Partner Institutions

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.

You’ll attend class alongside local or other international students, providing the opportunity to immerse into student life. In addition, you can take full advantage of our partners’ on-campus resources, such as student clubs, sports, academic lectures, and co-curricular activities. Choose from a range of courses in diverse subject areas; in some cases, you may access a partner institution’s full curriculum. Coursework helps you gain cross-cultural understanding, critically analyze concepts, expand your worldview, and learn from faculty who teach in different pedagogical styles. This integrated learning environment allows you to engage deeply with the host city’s culture, history, and society.

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