Student Life

Housing Options

CEA's diverse housing options let you live like a local while you're studying abroad. Your program price always includes standard CEA housing, and in many locations, you may select CEA's optional housing to access certain amenities.

Each CEA destination offers a unique blend of carefully chosen housing options, some of which may include:

  • Apartments
  • Homestays
  • Residencias
  • Foyers
  • Studios
  • Residence Halls
  • Casa Universitarias
  • Extended Stay Hotels
In most of our destinations, you also have the option of arranging your own independent housing. Review each option to find the best match for you!

Special Accommodations
CEA works with students who need special housing accommodations abroad according to their needs and which housing options are available. You'll have the opportunity to indicate any special requests during the pre-departure process; your Site Specialist can provide you with details.

Policies/Code of Conduct
Find CEA policies, including the Student Code of Conduct, here. By applying to a CEA program, you agree to adhere to all CEA policies. Please note, all policies are subject to change. It is the responsibility of each applicant to review these policies for the most current information.

Cultural Adaption

Cultural Adaptation

Learn how to adapt and thrive abroad! Read more about cultural adaptation.

Cultural Engagement

Engaging with and learning from the host community is an integral piece of the study abroad experience and a key to expanding one's worldview. Cultural engagement can also be one of the most enjoyable‒yet challenging‒aspects of living in a new culture. CEA strives to facilitate these experiences for our students through multiple opportunities; whether on a group outing to a performance of Swan Lake in Rome or volunteering at an organic farm in San José, Costa Rica, CEA approaches our cultural engagement activities with intentionality.

Volunteering: There's no better way to engage with the host culture than by giving back to it. Students enjoy a myriad of opportunities to uncover their host culture's many layers; from dedicated volunteering placements spanning the length of their program to one-off opportunities, there's no shortage of ways to get involved.

Cultural Engagement Activities: These purposefully planned activities engage students with various aspects of local culture. Cooking workshops, football matches, museum exhibits, and hiking are just some of the planned experiences that help students feel more at home in their new city.

Excursions: Excursions take students outside of their host city and into other regions of their host country to gain a more holistic perspective of the culture. From daytrips to nearby destinations like beaches, wineries, coffee farms, and quaint towns, to overnight trips to more distant locations, students find excursions a fun way to venture outside their host city and expand their knowledge of the host country's culture.

Personal Liability

As you may engage in internship and volunteer experiences abroad, CEA also provides you with personal liability coverage to protect you in the event of accidental damages; for example, damage to office equipment in a CEA arranged workplace. This is not equivalent to personal property insurance. We encourage you to obtain personal property insurance to protect your belongings in case of theft or damage.

Please contact CEA at 1.800.266.4441 if you have questions about personal liability coverage.

WHAT OUR STUDENTS SAY

Small and Welcoming
“I loved it. I had the perfect host family, location, program director, and group of friends in my program. The city is small and welcoming with tons to do.”

Anna Weidner
University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse,
Fall 2015, Alicante, Spain

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