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Welcome back, CEA CAPA alumni! Thank you for studying abroad with us. We hope you’ve returned with an enhanced résumé, new friendships, unforgettable memories, and most importantly, a broader view of the world.

The best part about being an alumnus? The opportunity to help and support other students go on their own great adventure abroad!

You can also explore re-entry resources and opportunities to connect with our alumni network as you transition back into home life and learn how to reap more benefits from your experience going forward.

There is nothing like returning to a place that remains unchanged to find the ways in which you yourself have altered.

Nelson Mandela

CEA CAPA Alumni Ambassador Program

Share Your Experience With Students on Campus

Your study abroad journey doesn’t have to end when your program does. Leverage your experience and enthusiasm for study abroad as a CEA CAPA Alumni Ambassador! Our program gives you the chance to inspire others to embark on their own study abroad adventure.

Our goal is also to help you answer the “what now?” question. We help you better articulate your growth, clarify your career aspirations, and consider your next steps after graduation.

We designed this program around a student schedule: it is flexible and customizable based on your availability, interests, and goals. Make the position your own by developing an outreach plan that best fits your campus and interests!

Become an Alumni Ambassador

What it's Like Being an Ambassador

As a CEA CAPA Alumni Ambassador, you create study abroad awareness in person and via social media, while supporting students through the pre-departure process. You commit for at least one semester, and can continue as long as you’d like!

All outreach must follow guidelines established by your home campus and study abroad office.

Outreach may include:

  • Supporting the study abroad office
  • Presenting to student groups
  • Assisting CEA CAPA representatives during their visit to your campus
  • Create a video or blog for CEA CAPA social media
  • Share your experience on social media
  • Answer student questions through the Ambassador Directory
    Program Benefits

    CEA CAPA’s Alumni Ambassador program gives you the following perks:

    • $300 payment upon completion of the program + additional rewards!
    • Ambassador Go-Again Discount* (Double the alumni rate!)
    • Letter of recommendation
    • Academic credit (if approved at home institution)
    • MIIS Graduate School Scholarship for all former and current ambassadors
    • Career-advising workshops and support
    • Leadership opportunities and professional development
    • Onsite Ambassadorship Program (limited locations available)
      • Student leadership and professional development opportunity for our high-performing Ambassadors to be selected to return to where they studied abroad, support program operations, and help facilitate the study abroad experience for onsite students.
    • Enthusiastic CEA CAPA alumni who want to support prospective study abroad students
    • Hold a minimum of 2.5 GPA (lower averages considered on case-by-case basis)
    • Financially cleared with CEA CAPA

    Contact the CEA CAPA Student Engagement Team for more information:

    Become an Alumni Ambassador

    What to Do Once You’re Home Again

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    Feeling a bit of reverse culture shock? Don’t worry, it’s completely normal. For many students, this can be more difficult than culture shock experienced overseas.

    Here are some ways to facilitate your re-entry process:

    Become an Alumni Ambassador

    Your study abroad journey does not end when your program does. Leverage your experience and enthusiasm for study abroad as a CEA Alumni Ambassador!

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    How to Afford Studying Abroad - Scholarships & Funding

    How to Afford Study Abroad 

    Before studying abroad with CEA CAPA, I never traveled outside of the U.S. In fact, I never even went on a vacation. The idea of spending money to go somewhere fun instead of staying home to work felt foreign to me. However, seeing my friends come back as study abroad alumni and describe it as one of the best times of their lives made me curious. I confided to a friend who just studied abroad in South Africa that I wanted to study abroad but didn’t think I could afford it as a student with financial need. Then she filled me in on these helpful study abroad scholarships and other funding options you can’t miss! 

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    Take a Chance on the Gilman Scholarship 

    The Gilman Scholarship is available to students who receive a pell grant. The application is rather long, requiring many short essays, but applicants have a one in four chance of receiving $1,000-$5,000 to fund a study abroad experience, which is pretty good odds for a nationally competitive scholarship. I applied one year before when I wanted to go abroad, and told myself that if I win it, I will go.  

    On a night when I was working a late shift checking my emails, I received a message from the Gilman Scholarship. It said, please log into your online portal to check the status of your application. The wording scared me; it did not feel positive. I braced myself and logged in to see the results… 


    “Congratulations, your application has been accepted!” 


    I couldn’t contain my excitement and started jumping up and down at work. I was going to study abroad!  


    Know Your Funding Resources 

    Of course, $1,000-$5,000 isn’t enough to cover the full cost of a study abroad program, especially for a whole semester like I did. However, receiving the Gilman Scholarship gave me the confidence that I could win more funding. Various offices at my university, the University of Arkansas, offer study abroad scholarships (plus CEA CAPA’s abroad funding options) and I applied for every single one. There were opportunities through the university at large, the on-campus study abroad office, through my major, through the School of Art, and through the Honors College just to name a few. I was blessed to receive funding through the Honors College, enough to cover my remaining costs and have some left over.  


    Share any study abroad financial advice in the comments below!


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