CEA celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2017, which was a busy and successful year. We’d like to highlight some of last year’s accomplishments and share some statistics.
During our 20th anniversary, CEA made a powerful impact in our local community. In addition to the time and donations we as an organization made to the Red Cross Blood Drive, Hurricane Harvey Relief Fund, and Food Drive for St. Mary’s Food Bank, CEA introduced a Volunteer Time Off Program and Policy, which went into effect January 1, 2018. The VTO Program is voluntary and grants U.S.-based employees 8 hours of time off per year for charitable volunteer activities. The purpose of this program is to Make a Positive Impact by promoting community engagement opportunities that ethically contribute to our local and global communities.
In an ongoing effort to provide the very best in student support, CEA implemented Student Success Training to help staff recognize that individual challenges students experience while studying abroad need to be considered within a holistic context. This training shows staff how singular events can stack up for students during enrollment (visa difficulties, low GPA), onsite (petty theft, roommate difficulties), and after return (reverse culture shock, missing the host culture). We also introduced a new Diversity Handbook, which informs onsite faculty and staff about the U.S. college students we educate and helps them understand our student-centered focus and the significance of human diversity in the learning process. The Handbook provides case studies for onsite faculty and staff to discuss, as they refine their skills in supporting students of diverse backgrounds, identities, and socio-economic means. We also contributed over $2 million in scholarships, grants, and funding to students last year. For more info, see the CEA 2017 Statistic Sheet.
We successfully launched new internship programs in 2016; during 2017, we enrolled 129 students in internships at 8 locations throughout our portfolio, which includes study + internship and internship only programs for both semester and summer students and representing 98% growth YOY. To date, we are on track to double that enrollment. We’ve launched the first of many outreach efforts including a webinar series for the field and new website pages that guide students through the internship program at CEA. We implemented an internship-specific, pre-departure training including an email series and interactive on-line course, both of which provide students with the tools to make the most of their experience from the moment they arrive on-site. We also produced many new materials to tell the story of our internship program, including a unique student-focused book that can be flipped through, a guide for our U.S. partners, and materials for our host-sites abroad to assist them in supporting our students when abroad.
Custom and Faculty-Led Programs
Custom and Faculty-Led Programs experienced 37% growth from 2016 to 2017, increasing the number of programs from 60 in 2016 to 82 in 2017, enrolling 1,264 students and welcoming 52 programs that have already run with us at least once before. We expanded capabilities for supporting STEM-focused programs, launched a CEA scholarship for custom programs lasting 3 weeks or longer, and added a new Student Services Coordinator to the team.
New Programs for Academic Disciplines
Throughout 2017, we emphasized academic disciplines and added courses to our Study Center portfolio that align with degree programs to help students stay on track for graduation. For business students, we have added a number of new courses, such as a new Investment course at the CEA Barcelona Center and a new International Finance course in Barcelona and Rome. CEA now offers foundational courses required for engineering majors in the summer or semester. Some of these include Statics, Calculus III, Differential Equations, Engineering Materials, and Thermodynamics. For students interested in either the business or science side of the sports industry, we added a Sport Management program in Buenos Aires and an Exercise and Sport Science program in Seville, both offered during the summer. We also added an interdisciplinary Global Health program in Buenos Aires so that students can explore health issues today through a Latin American lens. As always, CEA is eager to develop curricula that align with our U.S. partners’ needs. Explore our programs by subject area.
Familiarization Trips & Advisor Workshops
CEA led two great Familiarization Trips, one to Prague in early June and one to Buenos Aires in early November. We also offered an Advisor Workshop in early March that was well-received. Here’s what an Ithaca College participant said:
One of CEA’s strengths is that the programming they offer is pretty consistent across locations. I also find that the staff is extremely supportive (to both our students and our staff) and willing to help with whatever situation may arise. In addition, CEA strives to be a TRUE partner to the colleges and universities they work with—not just another study abroad provider. Thank you for reaching towards excellence, CEA! We sincerely appreciate the work you do and our students do, too.
—Mimi Wright, Program Assistant, International Programs & Extended Studies
Consider joining us this year for our familiarization trips to Barcelona (June 10-14) and London (September 30-October 4) or attend our Advisor Workshop for Academic Staff (October 23-26).
CEA’s Advisory Board is excited to add two new board members who provide further expertise in the field of international education and greater academic oversight of the CEA programs. Thank you to the University of Arizona and to the Eller College of Management for recently hosting our December Advisory Board meeting, where the board engaged in discussions related to program development, international political environment, academic trends in U.S. higher education, health and safety trainings, diversity initiatives, internship expansion, and student success. Advisory Board Chair, Adrian Beaulieu from Providence College, stated at the end of the meeting that, with all its initiatives and program development, CEA should be proud for “moving the goal line forward” in the field of international education.
We appreciate your time, everything you did to make our 20th anniversary a success, and wish you the best for 2018!
CEA has mobile journalist (MOJO) opportunities for student bloggers, photographers, and videographers. These positions enable tech-savvy, social-media-loving students to publish on the web, boost their résumés, beef up their portfolios, and tell their stories while abroad.
This program offers CEA students many benefits. It provides hands-on learning for photographers, videographers, and writers and field experience for those majoring in communications, business, and marketing. CEA MOJO positions help students increase their visibility in a prospective career.
The MOJO blog is a great resource for students still considering providers. It gives an inside look at CEA programs and helps students find programs in destinations that are best for them. By modeling individual ways of succeeding and achieving goals, the MOJO blog also encourages students to make progress toward their degree and re-envision their major.
This MOJO video is a good overview to CEA student life and academics:
For a great example of a MOJO blog post that appeals to prospective students and describes city life abroad, see “What is it like to study in Barcelona,” one in a series that helps prospective students envision themselves overseas.
Check out “Being a Sociology Major in Prague,” a MOJO blog post that shows prospective students how to maximize their major overseas.
The MOJO program creates exposure for campuses by featuring model students who reflect upon their experiences abroad. While this is an indirect benefit, schools also benefit directly when MOJOs create social media posts for their study abroad offices. One MOJO even ran the social media program for their school’s study abroad office.
By providing great benefits to currently enrolled students, offering an insider look at CEA for prospective students, and helping study abroad offices market their programs, our MOJO program increases student engagement and stimulates student interest.
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