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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
CEA has advised all CEA locations of Hurricane Michael and the expected damages as it approaches the southern coast of the U.S. All students at CEA study and internship locations have been made aware of resources available to support them, as CEA recognizes they may experience stress at the situation their family and friends may be facing. CEA also recommends that students put into place plans for communication with their family and friends as it will possibly be interrupted.