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What do you know about CEA study abroad?

What is study abroad? What is CEA abroad studying? (Search engines brought up “California Earthquake Authority” and “cost effectiveness analysis.”) I am a high school senior, accepted for the business administration program at SDSU next fall. Though business administration seems like the best prospect for a job that will pay off my college expenses later, I’d like to study in France. (I am of French descent and speak the language.) I would like to know more about any programs that might offer scholarships, jobs, or work study plans to offset the high cost of travel overseas.

Megan Page

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Daniel King on June 18, 2018

In the context of studying abroad, CEA is “Cultural Experiences Abroad”. Some search engines can be too eager to steer you to for-profit web sites based near your location. San Diego State University has an especially close relationship with CEA. When you get there, talk to your advisor about whether the international business program or the introductory language program (taught at the Sorbonne!) is better for you.

While CEA has received mixed ratings at different review sites, ths program is currently ranking much higher at a site where it’s received over 800 reviews than at sites where it’s received fewer than 10. That’s generally a good sign.

You’re not the only student who’s wondered exactly what “study abroad” is. The phrase has been defined as “pursuing educational opportunities in a country not one’s own” < >. This is generally understood to mean taking classes, as distinct from doing your own “research” on questions like which restaurants offer the best meals. The best international study programs match guest and host schools’ requirements so the classes you take in the country you visit translate into academic credit at your own school. Not all international study opportunities offer this, so you’re wise to explore a program that’s endorsed by the university you plan to attend.

Your advisor will ask why you, personally, want to study overseas. Reclaiming your family heritage is one valid benefit people mention receiving from student exchange programs. Thinking through your other motives for studying in France can help you choose the right program. How do you, personally, rank reasons like “will look good on my résumé,” “connect with distant relatives,” and  “network with future business connections”?

Though studying overseas has never been cheap, CEA does offer scholarships and internships for qualified students. Scholarships are classified as merit-based, diversity, and need-based. A grade point average above 2.5 at the “home” school qualifies students in France for a $1,000 scholarship; above 3.7 qualifies them for another $3,000. “Scholarships with distinction” can be added based on students’ academic performance in France. Diversity scholarships are available to students with disabilities as well as those bringing “ethnic diversity” to the country they plan to visit. Need-based scholarships are based on demonstrated financial need. Additional scholarships may be available through SDSU (or other universities affiliated with CEA). Internships are a possibility for older students—worth keeping in mind if you go back to France. 

Karen Wright2 years ago

I like the name of that organization “Сultural Experiences Abroad”. It makes you travel just by hearing it. It’s nice to travel and at the same time gain university credits. I’m starting college, but I may do that someday before I finish my studies. And maybe I’ll choose a CEA study abroad program because I like the scholarship it offers. Basically, the higher your grades are, the higher the amount of the scholarship that you’ll receive is. I’ll keep studying hard and maybe someday I can go to study in France or do an internship there. Both options are useful. 

Craig Stewart2 years ago

When the “low-cost options” for a program are close to $40,000 (I don’t expect the cost will be lower for 2019 than this worksheet < > showed for 2017), a $1,000 scholarship won’t go far. How can anyone in real financial need even think about a summer class that costs $40,000? An average individual adult earns less than that in a year. Even if the average student has two parents who earn the average combined income of $55,000 to $60,000 for a year, $40,000 is still a big bite. CEA study abroad is beyond most people’s ability to pay, so it’s not something college freshmen should be encouraged just to assume they will be able to do even once. Even the basic cost of SDSU is $65,000 a year according to their web site< >. Students should think seriously in advance about how they can pay for this. 

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