As students prepare to go abroad, they must comply with immigration laws. Often, compliance means obtaining a student visa that allows students to legally stay in their host country for the duration of their program. The application process can be stressful, time-consuming, and confusing for students who've never obtained a visa. While it's up to each individual student to apply for their study visa, CEA is here to help navigate the process.
CEA Visa Support
Once a student has been accepted into a program, they work with a CEA Site Specialist who's trained in country-specific immigration requirements. Each country has its own consulates, rules, and application processes; though we can't change which documents are required or how many appointments a consulate offers each day, we can advise on the visa application process. Our goal is to make it as seamless and stress-free as possible.
Our Site Specialist team compiles consulate-specific visa requirements into detailed, step-by-step guides that walk students through the application process. These guides highlight visa requirements for U.S. and Canadian students, but we can also direct non-U.S. or -Canadian citizens to appropriate resources and information.
Partnering with Universities
Often, a student's home university may offer group appointments and visa advising, as well as provide the documents students need to obtain their visa. Working together makes the process easier for students. For example, if your university offers a group appointment, we can provide you with the CEA documents students will need—just let us know.
Our Site Specialists are here to advise students, their families, and universities through the visa application process. When in doubt, simply contact a CEA Site Specialist; we're happy to answer your student visa questions...and trust us, you're not the only one to ask!
Back-to-school has always been my real New Year. The buzz of universities back in session, fresh notebooks, and the endless opportunities to learn and discover definitely top New Year's Eve parties in my book. In France, we call this la rentrée, the return, and it applies to more than just school. The political, artistic, and social calendar for the year kicks off during la rentrée, and professionals of all sectors jump into new projects.
La rentrée 2016 at CEA Paris has been both reflective and forward-thinking. We’ve looked back at the past 18 months and identified where we can adapt our programming to today’s Western European and French context. We’ve launched a new Communication, Politics & Global Issues program that offers students a platform to address the socio-economic and political concerns we face today, from Brexit to the migrant crisis, from global security to the rise of new political parties. Our new STEM programs in math and engineering continue CEA’s tradition of democratizing access to study abroad across disciplines. And our new internship programs seek to prepare students for an increasingly competitive global job market by focusing on employability and building transferable skills through intercultural experiences.
We are in an important time in France and in Europe, and CEA continues to think forward to meet students’ and universities’ needs. At the same time, we challenge students to widen their worldview and seek experiences that will open their minds and prepare them for the future. This year, more than ever, I am convinced that study abroad will save us!
Written by Alexandra Mitchell, Director of International Programs - France.
Pop quiz: Name U.S. study abroad students' top major in 2015.
Answer: STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, Math
Twenty-three percent of U.S. students who studied abroad last year were STEM majors, according to IIE’s Open Doors report. STEM’s growing popularity in international education reflects trends in higher education as a whole, where majors such as petroleum engineering, physical sciences, and behavioral sciences have all experienced significant growth in recent years.
At CEA, we’re committed to offering academic programs that align with and fulfil the goals of our students and our partner universities. Given the Department of Education’s focus on promoting STEM across the educational spectrum—from preschool to graduate school—it’s not surprising that an increasing number of universities seek international options that allow STEM students to stay on track for graduation.
We're pleased to offer STEM programming in a range of destinations, including semester and/or summer programs such as:
Gaining STEM education abroad sets students up to succeed after graduation; the Bureau of Labor Statistics projects a higher-than-average growth rate of 18.7% across STEM occupations over the next four years. In addition, studying STEM abroad plays an important role in the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology’s third outcome: achieving “the broad education necessary to understand the impact of engineering solutions in a global, economic, environmental, and societal context.” We’re proud to be a part of the drive to provide students with the technical, critical-thinking, and problem-solving skills that boost both academic and professional success in a knowledge-based global economy.
Competence and Efficiency
Working with CEA has been a pleasure for students, faculty, and administrators at Illinois State University. All logistic and programmatic matters, both in the U.S. and abroad, are handled by CEA staff with efficiency, competence, and friendliness. We couldn’t be happier and greatly appreciate CEA’s superb service.
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