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First Year Experience

About the Program

First Year Experience programs are a means for universities to attract and retain students, lower attrition, expand their footprint abroad at a lower cost, and expand their academic offerings.

By partnering with CEA in setting up the First Year Experience program, universities can utilize:
  • CEA's Study Center facilities in select locations;
  • A rich portfolio of academic offerings with the added oversight of CEA's School of Record
  • CEA's ability to develop new courses that are tailored specifically to their students
  • Active learning and extra-curricular enhancements, with the added support of CEA's on-site Academic Directors and faculty;
  • Student services, health and safety support available to students throughout the program

Locations

The following CEA Study Centers are recommended for this program model, although other locations could be considered on a case by case basis depending on the university's preference:

Dublin

Florence

Seville

Program Models

  • Faculty-Led:

    University's faculty teaching the university's courses
  • CEA-Led:

    This could include one of the following options
    • CEA teaching the university's syllabi
    • CEA adapting existing courses selected by the university to 100-200 levels
    • CEA Developing specific new courses for the university's students
  • Hybrid:

    A combination of the above two models.

Inclusions

Maintaining Connectivity with U.S. Campus

One important aspect of FYE programs is the cohort's connectivity to the university's campus culture. CEA will collaborate with our university partner on designing unique activities that nurture the students' connection to the home campus, and allow them to remain in touch with campus culture and events.
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Extra-Curricular Inclusions

To provide a fulfilling and culturally rich experience to the students, the program will need to include frequently scheduled and structured activities throughout the semester. Inclusions such as cultural activities and excursions will need to be specifically designed per the requirements and expectations of the university partner.
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Housing

Homestays are the ideal housing option for this type of program. To provide more structure, homestays would include a meal plan, which could me more beneficial to first year students. Other housing options could be considered depending on feasibility in each location.
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WHAT OUR UNIVERSITY PARTNERS SAY

Constant Support
CEA was wonderful to work with…Their support and knowledge was constant through the planning and execution.

Megan Doerr , Faculty-Led Programs Coordinator
Central Michigan University

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