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Student Health & Wellness Abroad


Going abroad is an exciting experience! Here at CEA, we believe that planning for your health and wellness before you arrive in your program destination is key to enjoying your program to the fullest.

We encourage you to talk to your current medical and mental health provider(s) about how conditions and medical services in your program destination might affect your wellbeing. Additional information on health and travel may be found online through the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO).

Once you apply to CEA, you will have access to an individual MyCEA Account where you can:

  • Complete your CEA Health Information Form to share any information that will allow us to assist you in planning for medical or support services, accommodations, or appointments you may need while onsite.
  • Read more about staying healthy and finding balance abroad.
  • Obtain additional health and wellness tips and resources to help you prepare for your valuable abroad experience.


As we continue navigating the challenges presented by COVID-19, please review CEA’S COVID-19 FAQs for our current policies and guidance. CEA is committed to providing COVID-19 conscious programming, and we created specific protocols and guidelines for operating abroad during a pandemic or public health emergency. All students participating on a CEA program must be up to date on their COVID-19 vaccination and booster dose(s) as recommended by the CDC, found here.


Staying healthy and well helps you get the most out of your experience abroad and maintain academic success. We are prepared to support you if you become ill or experience a health emergency during your program. Every program destination has a local CEA team trained in student support and emergency response, and they are available to assist you onsite. During the mandatory onsite orientation, our CEA team will provide valuable information on where to receive medical care, what to do in an emergency, and how to maintain your overall wellbeing. You will also receive a 24/7 emergency phone number to call a CEA team member if you have a serious health emergency.


Your program includes a travel health insurance plan administered through Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI). It is specifically designed to meet most of the insurance needs of students abroad. We encourage you to speak with your family and your current insurance provider to discuss your unique insurance needs.

This insurance coverage is valid from the CEA program start date to the program end date and is included in your overall program cost. If you plan to travel after your CEA program ends, we encourage you to extend your CISI insurance coverage for 30 days by contacting CISI directly at 800-303-8120 or

Some highlights of the insurance plan include:

  • Generous benefits for medical care up to policy maximums
  • Coverage for medical care as a result of COVID-19
  • Pre-existing condition and mental health treatment coverage
  • Emergency medical reunion and evacuation services
  • Provider referral services and emergency assistance
  • Easy process to file insurance claims

You can find the current CISI brochures with complete details by clicking the links below:


CISI partners closely with AXA Team Assist, an international emergency assistance company available to help you while in your program destination or traveling in another country. Calling AXA Team Assist gives you access to information about local medical providers, where the nearest hospital is located, instructions on what to do in an emergency, and more. AXA Team Assist is available 24/7 to help during an emergency and their contact information will be provided at our onsite orientation.


CEA is committed to helping all students succeed abroad. If you receive accommodations or services at your home university and would like the same support during your program, it is very important to speak with your enrollment advisor early in the pre-departure process. Accommodations may differ greatly in your program destination from what you currently receive, or they may not be available at all. Please note that CEA cannot guarantee that accommodations will be available to you. Please take the time to describe the type of accommodation you request on your Health Information Form and Support Service and Accommodation Request Form. We will work closely with you to research the possibilities for accommodations in your desired program destination. Please be prepared to provide supporting documentation from your home institution and your healthcare providers for any accommodation requests.


At CEA, we believe a study or internship experience should be inclusive of every student. CEA strives to support students of all identities, assist them in navigating their host country, and listen to any questions or concerns about honoring their identity. Please review our Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion pages for more information and feel free to contact your CEA Enrollment Advisor to discuss further.

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COVID-19 Update

Starting with the Spring 2021 term, CEA has successfully run programs abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have refined our COVID-19 protocols and are actively monitoring the global health landscape to support the safety of our students, staff, and faculty. We look forward to seeing you on a CEA program!

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