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.
October 22, 2019 : Valparaiso, Chile, Classes cancelled for the remainder of the week
Due to ongoing protests locally and in Santiago, the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso has classes cancelled for the remainder of the week. Students are safe, and in consistent communication with our onsite CEA Staff, and their emergency contacts. Updates and further actions will be shared as the government makes decisions impacting the movement of individuals. For further information please consult the U.S. Department of State.
October 21, 2019 : Valparaiso, Chile, Cancelled Classes
CEA is closely monitoring the current situation in Chile where protests have escalated resulting in a state of emergency being declared in the cities of Antofagasta, Valparaíso, Valdivia, Chillán, Talca, Temuco and Punta Arenas, including a curfew imposed to help limit property damages and safety issues. This unrest is in response to the raising of metro ticket prices and the impacts to the cost of living of those who depend on public transportation.
Students studying with CEA at the Pontifical Catholic University of Valparaiso have had classes cancelled today, and also for October 22. Students are safe, and in consistent communication with our onsite CEA Staff, and their emergency contacts. Updates will be shared as the government makes decisions impacting the movement of individuals. For further information please consult the U.S. Department of State.
October 16, 2019 : Barcelona, Spain, Classes cancelled
It is with an abundance of caution that students have been advised all CEA activities and classes (including classes at partner universities) will be cancelled tomorrow Thursday, October 17th and Friday, October 18th.
At the moment, demonstrations have escalated in the Tetuan area, and all students housed near that area have been advised to remain in their apartments. Police forces are responding and we expect the situation to be under control shortly.
Students have been advised additionally that Friday, due to the general strike called by two labor unions, if they plan on travelling, roads will be affected as early as 8am so they will need to plan ahead for their departures. Detailed information about navigating the city by metro train, bus, and taxi/Uber due to blocked roads has been shared to facilitate their travels.
Barcelona staff remain available 24/7 to answer questions and provide support as students may require.
October 15, 2019 : Phoenix, AZ, Payment Processing Issues
Currently our payment system is having intermittent issues that could affect your ability to submit a payment. Due to this issue, we are extending some payment and application deadlines to October 17th . Please contact our Enrollment Team with any issues or questions at 800.266.4441. Our Withdrawal dates will remain the same. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.
October 14, 2019 : Barcelona, Spain, Afternoon Classes Cancelled
It is with an abundance of caution that all CEA activities and classes (including classes at partner universities) will be cancelled starting at 2:30pm, Today, October 14th. 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 Plaça Catalunya, due to the likely demonstrations to the verdict and sentencing released today for the Catalan Political Leaders. Please note currently, no Security Alert or special note has been published by either the American Consulate or the State Department so this is a CEA prevention. All activities and classes will resume October 15th.
Following advice from the US Embassy in Spain: “If you encounter a large public gathering or demonstration, the U.S. Embassy suggests that you avoid the area. Even demonstrations intended to be peaceful can turn confrontational and escalate into violence. You should avoid areas of demonstrations, and exercise caution if in the vicinity of any large gatherings, protests, or demonstrations”.
October 03, 2019 : Paris, France, Incident at Ile de la Cite
Following an isolated incident at Ile de la Cite, CEA Students have been advised to avoid going near the area and to keep abreast of the news by staying tuned into local news channels: France24 (in French and in English), LCI News (in French), FranceTVInfo (in French).
July 21, 2019 : London, England, Incident in London Tube
CEA is aware of the tear gassing incident that occurred at Oxford Circus station on the London Metro Rail, commonly known as the Tube. At this time, all students attending London-based programs have been confirmed as safe and no student has been impacted by the event.
Students have been reminded of CEA’s Student Emergency Protocol. Should they encounter an emergency situation, CEA advises:
- Seek immediate safety or shelter in place.
- Reach out to their Emergency Contacts to confirm they are safe.
- Respond to messaging from CEA.
- Follow the directions of local authorities.
For other updates, please consult the U.S. Department of State.
June 26, 2019 : San Jose Costa Rica, Costa Rica Earthquake
CEA is aware of the 6.3 magnitude earthquake that occurred near Puntarenas, Costa Rica, about 48 miles west of San Jose. All CEA students and staff are safe, and there has been no disruption of services or classes. For further information please visit the U.S. Department of State at state.gov or the U.S. Geological Survey at usgs.gov.
May 24, 2019 : Lyon, France, Incident in Lyon
CEA is monitoring the situation in Lyon, France, where a small parcel was detonated and injured 13 persons in the vicinity. At this time we are unaware of any CEA students in Lyon, or who have been impacted by this event. For further information please visit the U.S. Department of State at www.state.gov.