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CEA's Story

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CEA Advantage

As students and universities grow ever more cognizant of the key role study abroad plays in gaining the knowledge, skills, and experience that characterize globally competent and employable graduates, CEA is positioned to support these needs. We’re here to help universities internationalize their institution, education, students, and faculty through a range of academic programs and services. We pride ourselves on offering exemplary service to students throughout the study abroad experience, from our attentive Admissions Counselors and Site Specialists to our innovative implementation of instructional technology and local knowledge on-site.

We integrate a rigorous process of internal and external quality review into our academic programming, and provide professional development opportunities for our faculty. By choosing CEA, you gain an experienced partner in study abroad who provides you with the value-added toolbox you need to support your internationalization efforts. As our global network grows, we look forward to collaborating with you and your team to advance the future of study abroad.

To request more information, contact your Regional Director or call 1-877.449.2775.

CEA Advantage
Life Changing Academic Experiences

CEA provides life changing academic experiences

Studying abroad is more than just an academic experience — it’s a life experience. A CEA education abroad expands the boundaries of your education and transforms the world into your classroom. With many destinations around the world, CEA offers a balance of academics and adventure to thousands of students each year. Where will your learning take you?

Founded on a Promise

Brian Boubek’s undergraduate study abroad program in France changed his life… but he also knew the experience could have been better. That’s why Brian created CEA: to ensure that students enjoy seamless support, from the moment they first consider studying abroad to the day they return home again (and beyond!) Almost 20 years later, Brian’s goals—creating a simple pre-departure process, facilitating high-quality academic programs, offering opportunities for meaningful cultural engagement, and preparing students for a global workplace—still inform everything we do at CEA.

Our Philosophy

Since 1997, CEA has maintained one simple philosophy: To provide high-quality international academic programs and services. For students and universities, that means support through each step of the study abroad experience, from start to finish. Along the way, students learn to adapt and communicate across cultures. They earn credits toward graduation while gaining skills that enhance their employability.

Our Vision

Enhance the Employability of 35,000 CEA Students by 2025.

Our Mission & Values

Increasing Access To Study Abroad

At CEA, we strive to increase students’ access to the life-changing benefits of study abroad. Through scholarship funding, partnerships, academic and non-academic programming, and student advising, we help students from underrepresented groups take their education global.

Increasing Access Through Funding

We commit more than $2 million to our scholarship and grant programs each year, including a CEA Diversity scholarship that awards students up to $2,000 toward study abroad costs.

Increasing Access through Partnerships

Strategic partnerships within higher education help us reach a broader student population, often by utilizing non-traditional channels. For instance, we’ve developed a program that provides first-generation students with grants and awards to cover the cost of obtaining their first passport. We also connect with students through our partnership with Sigma Lambda Beta, a traditionally Hispanic fraternity.

Increasing Access through Custom & Faculty-led Programs

We partner with faculty to create short-term, faculty-led programs that resonate with a broad spectrum of diverse students. Examples include programs for first-generation students to San José, Costa Rica and Rome, Italy; a program that explores Paris’ LGBT culture; and programs designed specifically for STEM students.

Increasing Access through Peer Advising

Our Mobile Journalist (MOJO) and Alumni Ambassador programs allow students to connect with their peers while they’re abroad and when they return to their home campuses. Both programs allow prospective students to reach out to a familiar face and ask questions about the realities of life abroad.

Increasing Access through Safe Zones

Our initiative to train U.S. and international staff through the Safe Zone Program helps ensure that students feel comfortable asking CEA staff anything…even the difficult questions. For instance, if a student needs to know about gender-neutral housing options, Safe Zone training empowers CEA sta-to provide answers within a safe space, making that student’s study abroad experience more inclusive, comfortable, and enriching.

Lou Berends, Vice President of Academic Affairs

Jan 15, 2020, 13:03 PM
Name : Dr. Louis Berends
Email : LBerends@ceastudyabroad.com
Position title : Vice President of Academic Affairs
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Dr. Louis “Lou” Berends comes to CEA from Syracuse University where he most recently held positions as Director of Strategic and International Partnerships, and Director of Academic Programs under the Provost’s Office. Under Lou's leadership, Syracuse Abroad increased study abroad participation and is ranked highly as a national leader in study abroad. Lou has worked extensively in international education at U.S. universities and providers of global education since 2000. He holds a Ph.D. from Loyola University Chicago in cultural and educational policy studies with a concentration in comparative and international education.

Additionally, Lou studied at Brunel University (Uxbridge, UK), the University of Oxford (St. Catherine's College), as well as in Rome, Italy, and has visited and conducted research in numerous countries. Lou is a first-generation college student and also comes from a low-income background and as a result is a strong advocate for increasing access to global learning for all under-represented students. Furthermore, Lou has presented many papers in various settings including Harvard's Graduate School of Education, the Comparative and International Education Society (CIES), the Forum on Education Abroad, and NAFSA (among others). Lou’s most recent publication, co-edited with Dr. Kate Patch, SIO at Grinnell College, is a book on high-impact educational practices entitled, Undergraduate Research Abroad: Approaches, Models and Challenges (2020). Lou currently serves a Chair of the Forum on Education Abroad’s Research Advisory Group.

Dr. Louis “Lou” Berends comes to CEA from Syracuse University where he most recently held positions as Director of Strategic and International Partnerships, and Director of Academic Programs under the Provost’s Office.
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