Student Life

Student Health & Wellness

CEA believes the health and wellness of students during their time abroad has a measurable impact on their cultural adaption, as well as their academic success. Students who are struggling with their health may miss class, be less involved in the local community, and miss out on having a positive cultural experience because they simply are not feeling good.

The CEA Health & Wellness Profile is a required task for students to complete through their MyCEA Account. They must also self-report their medical conditions, medications, allergies, dietary preferences, and request special accommodations for the classroom, housing, or mental health.

In recognizing the holistic nature of the student experience, CEA supports all aspects of student development through the lens of physical, emotional, spiritual, social, intellectual, and occupational wellness. CEA excursions, academic activities, student engagement events, and office hours are tools CEA onsite staff use to foster student connectivity and understanding about personal wellness.

CEA onsite staff will refer students to local caregivers according to a student’s need or preference. CEA partners with Cultural Insurance Services International, a healthcare services provider with many years of experience, to provide coverage for a student’s emerging health needs during their CEA program. This plan enables a student to seek care at any medical provider with no co-payment, or a low co-payment ($50 Barcelona), and then seek reimbursement for those out-of-pocket healthcare and pharmacy costs. In case of serious injury or illness requiring hospitalization, care is coordinated with a guarantee of payment so no out of pocket expenses are necessary for the student experiencing the healthcare emergency. CISI/CEA student health insurance covers a student from the program start date till the end date. Coverages include:

  • Medical Care: Up to $500,000 (London)/$250,000 (other CEA locations)
  • Mental Illness: $2,500 Outpatient/$25,000 In-patient
  • Dental Emergency: $500 pain relief/$250,000 max per occurrence
  • Accidental Death & Dismemberment: $10,000
  • Personal Liability: $100,000 max per occurrence
  • Medical Evacuation: $250,000 max per occurrence
A full overview of coverages, exclusions, and the claims process can be viewed here.


December 07, 2018

Yellow Vest Protests

According to French authorities, the protests lead by the Gilet Jaune (yellow vest) group are escalating, and the situation for Saturday, 8 December is anticipated to be more intense than last weekend.   Provisions have been made to bolster security, and we have asked all students to remain vigilant and follow the below protocol: 
  • Stay indoors all-day Saturday including at night 

  • Stay tuned in over the weekend for messages from CEA, monitor local media and read updates from the U.S. Embassy 

  •  Avoid unsafe areas 

  • Contact CEA’s Emergency phone in case help is needed 

As always, CEA places the safety of our students and on-site team as our first priority. We are on alert and will continue monitoring the situation very closely. 

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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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