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.

April 15, 2019 : Paris, France, Fire at Notre Dame Cathedral

CEA is greatly saddened by the reported fire at Notre Dame Cathedral, and keeps all first responders and French citizens in mind with this tragic event.  All CEA students have been accounted for as safe, and given direction by CEA Paris staff to avoid the area, be mindful of traffic restrictions and metro closures, and allow sufficient time to arrive at their destinations in the city.  CEA Center classes are planned for their regularly scheduled times on April 16.

February 20, 2019 : Barcelona, Spain, Demonstrations in the Plaza de Catalunya

As CEA has monitored the growing concerns about the demonstrations planned for Thursday, February 21st, it is with an abundance of caution that classes will be cancelled at the CEA Center for Thursday, February 21st.   
Given the size of the anticipated crowds and the location of the CEA Center, this decision will benefit students and staff who may experience challenges in arriving to the Plaza de Cataluña.  Any exams planned for February 20th will be rescheduled at the first available opportunity.
Please visit the U.S. Department of State for more information related to this concern.


January 13, 2019 : , UPDATE Gas Explosion at Paris Bakery

All CEA students who were possibly near the bakery where the natural gas explosion occurred, have been accounted for and found to be safe.  Students and staff have been reminded of CEA Emergency Protocols and encouraged to always report any suspicion of gas leaks to the authorities.  CEA expresses heartfelt sympathy to those impacted by this tragic accident.

January 12, 2019 : Paris, France, Gas Explosion at Bakery

CEA is aware of the gas explosion at a central Paris bakery that took place earlier in the morning today.  At this time On-site staff in Paris are accounting for all CEA students and issuing directions to avoid the area.  Students in Paris should immediately contact their Paris Staff to alert them they are safe.   Please sign up with the U.S. Department of State STEP program for more information. 

December 07, 2018 : France, 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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