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CEA Study Abroad Updates

At CEA, student safety, health, and well-being is our priority. While CEA cannot guarantee the absolute safety of any program participant, we have implemented safety protocols and established emergency response procedures in all our international locations and at our U.S. Headquarters. We will continuously update this page with any news about events abroad. CEA advisors are also available to talk with students and parents; please call 1.800.266.4441 or E-mail us with concerns or questions. Institutional representatives should contact University Relations.


November 12, 2017 : San Jose, Costa Rica, Earthquake in Costa Rica

CEA is aware of an earthquake, which was felt by students and staff, and centered near Jaco, Costa Rica, aprox. 60 miles southeast of the CEA study location in San Jose.
At this time all students and staff are confirmed safe, and received advice in case of aftershocks.  CEA will continue to monitor the situation.  If you have questions please contact CEA at 1-800-266-4441.

October 27, 2017 : Barcelona, Vote in Catalonia

For the last few weeks we have been monitoring the evolving political situation in Spain and have remained in daily contact with our team on the ground. Over the past few days, the Spanish and Catalan governments have been discussing how to respond to the implementation of Article 155 of the Spanish constitution. As you might have read in the news, today the Catalonia government voted to split from Spain.

As the Spanish government takes administrative steps to address the Catalonia issue, CEA will remain in frequent contact with our Barcelona staff and local authorities. Up to this point the demonstrations and gatherings since the initial vote have been peaceful. Both the Spanish central government and the Catalan leaders are calling for the population to remain calm and peaceful. Below are highlights from our communication to students today and in precedent messages.

  • Our on-site staff is updating students regularly. This includes sharing and strongly recommending that they follow the advice of the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona.
  • In line with U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, CEA has advised students to remain vigilant, avoid protests and public gatherings, monitor local media closely, and follow any instructions they receive from CEA staff and local authorities.
  • We have reminded students to contact our on-site staff at any time if they need any assistance at  or have concerns.
  • We also require students to inform us of their travel plans.

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and post updates as needed to our website.

Please visit the Madrid U.S. Embassy for the latest security updates. 


October 19, 2017 : Barcelona, Situation Update

CEA is monitoring the evolving political situation in Spain.  As the Spanish government takes administrative steps to address the Catalonia issue, CEA remains in frequent contact with our staff in Barcelona and local authorities. 

  • Our on-site staff is updating students regularly. This includes sharing and strongly recommending that they follow the advice of the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona.
  • In line with U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona, CEA has advised students to remain vigilant, avoid protests or public gatherings, to monitor local media closely, and to follow any instructions they might receive from CEA staff or local authorities.
  • Students have also been reminded to contact our on-site staff, including our on-call 24 hour emergency line, with any concerns or if they need any assistance. 

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will post updates as needed to our website at http://www.ceastudyabroad.com/updates.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact CEA at 800.266.4441 or via email at info@ceaStudyAbroad.com.

Thank you.


October 16, 2017 : Dublin, Update Classes and Activities Resume

CEA classes and activities will resume on Tuesday, October 17th. Students have been reminded to contact our on-site staff via the CEA 24 hour emergency line with any concerns, or if they need any assistance. 

October 15, 2017 : Dublin, Hurricane Ophelia Ireland Update

CEA will be canceling classes and actives on Monday, October 15th due to Hurricane Ophelia.  Partner institutions will also be closed.

Students have been advised to stay indoors, monitor local weather reports and authorities, and to be on the alert for messages from our on-site team. CEA has asked all students in Dublin to make contact with their emergency contacts, and to update them Monday as needed. 

Students have also been reminded to contact our on-site staff via the CEA 24 hour emergency line with any concerns, or if they need any assistance. 

CEA will update on this situation as needed.

For updates on Hurricane Ophelia one can access information at http://www.bbc.com


October 15, 2017 : Dublin, Hurricane Ophelia Ireland

CEA is monitoring Hurricane Ophelia and in communication with our team on the ground.  At this time, Dublin is forecast for heavy rains, and classes and activities are progressing as planned.  Should the forecast change, CEA will alter our response. Students have been advised to monitor local weather reports, authorities and to be on the alert for messages from our on-site team. CEA has asked all students in Dublin to make contact with their emergency contacts. Students have also been reminded to contact our on-site staff via the CEA 24 hour emergency line with any concerns, or if they need any assistance. 

For updates on Hurricane Ophelia one can access information at http://www.bbc.com


October 10, 2017 : Barcelona, Spain, Ongoing situation

 

As the Catalonian government has suspended the declaration of independence in favor of a dialogue with the Spanish state, CEA will continue to monitor the situation in Barcelona. We are in frequent communication with our Barcelona team and local authorities. At this time all CEA Barcelona programs are continuing as scheduled.

Students have been advised by CEA to avoid protests or public gatherings, to monitor local media closely, and to follow any instructions they might receive from CEA staff or local authorities.  CEA will continue to communicate with students as needed in evolving situations such as this regarding U.S. Department of State bulletins.  Students have also been reminded to contact our on-site staff via the CEA 24 hour emergency line with any concerns, or if they need any assistance. 


October 02, 2017 : Barcelona , Situation Update

Given the outcome of the vote for independence for the province of Catalonia, CEA is continually monitoring the situation in Barcelona. We are in frequent communication with our Barcelona team. As we did last week, we sent several messages overnight to students and have continued to send messages today.

  • A general strike has been called for Tuesday, October 3. Out of an abundance of caution and because the area will lack public transportation, CEA has cancelled classes and activities for tomorrow.
  • Students have been advised by CEA to avoid protests or public gatherings, to monitor local media closely, and to follow any instructions they might receive from CEA staff or local authorities.
  • Because of the nature of a general strike, we have advised students to purchase items today that they might need tomorrow, so they can stay at home.
  • CEA is also forwarding the statements made by The U.S. Embassy in Madrid and the U.S. Consulate General in Barcelona to students.
  • We are reminding students to monitor local media, public services, and local authorities for updates. Of course, while CEA will communicate with students as needed in evolving situations such as this, it is always best for students to monitor local news and local authorities.

Students have also been reminded to contact our on-site staff, including our on-call 24 hour emergency line, with any concerns or if they need any assistance. 

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will post updates as needed to our website at http://www.ceastudyabroad.com/updates

Should you have any questions or concerns please do not hesitate to contact CEA at 800.266.4441 or via email at info@ceaStudyAbroad.com.

Thank you.


October 01, 2017 : Catalonia Referendum, Safety Update

CEA is aware of, and monitoring, media reports of multiple injuries resulting from clashes between Spanish police and local citizens, amid Sunday's vote on an independence referendum for the province of Catalonia.  CEA has also been in contact with our on-site team today (Sunday).  In anticipation of this event, CEA students were advised repeatedly last week to avoid protests or public gatherings, to monitor local media closely, and to adhere to any instructions they might receive from CEA staff or local authorities. Students were also reminded to contact our on-site staff, including our on-call 24 hour emergency line, with any concerns or if they needed any assistance. 

CEA has no reason to believe that any CEA student has been injured because of today’s events.  

We will continue to monitor the situation closely and will post updates as warranted.

September 15, 2017 : London, London Underground Incident

CEA is saddened by the incident in the Parsons Green London Underground tube station. All CEA students attending London based programs have been confirmed safe and advised to call home. CEA has activated the General Emergency Protocol to account for students who may be traveling independently for our other locations. Please visit the BBC or U.S. Department of State for more information on the incident.

August 17, 2017 : Barcelona, Spain, Barcelona Incident

CEA is deeply saddened at the loss of life and injuries in Barcelona, Spain. At this time, all CEA Staff are safe and our thoughts are with those who have been impacted by this act of violence. Please consult the U.S. Department of State for further information.

July 24, 2017 : All of Europe, Measles Alert

The CDC is urging travelers to Europe to make sure they have up-to-date vaccinations for measles. So far in 2017, measles has been reported in 15 European countries: Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Denmark, France, Germany, France, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom. Symptoms of measles include a rash, high fever, cough, runny nose, and red watery eyes. Some people also experience an ear infection, diarrhea, or pneumonia. Measles is spread through droplet transmission from the nose throat or mouth of an infected person when they cough or sneeze. For additional information please visit the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) or the World Health Organization (WHO).

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