Programs in Central and Eastern Europe Become Priority for Local Study Abroad Provider

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CEA (Cultural Experiences Abroad) expanded recently to offer programs in Central and Eastern European throughout five different countries as a response to the growing interest in US study abroad programs in that area.

CEA (Cultural Experiences Abroad), an Arizona-based organization offering comprehensive study overseas (http://www.gowithcea.com/study-overseas.html) programs for college students, expanded recently to offer programs in Central and Eastern European throughout five different countries as a response to the growing interest in US study abroad programs in that area.

As international study abroad (http://www.gowithcea.com/international-study-abroad.html) continues to increase in popularity, CEA is taking an ambitious approach to study abroad program development and will be hosting Russia, Poland, Germany and Hungary study abroad programs (http://www.gowithcea.com/programs/hungary.html) in 2007 for the first time. CEA introduced its presence as a study abroad provider in Eastern Europe when it launched its programs in the Czech Republic (http://www.gowithcea.com/programs/czech_republic.html) during the summer of 2006. Since then, the 2006 Open Doors report, a leading online report on international education exchange trends, has corroborated the need for this expansion into Central and Eastern Europe by reporting that three of the top 15 leading study abroad destinations for US students are located in Central and Eastern Europe.

Enrollment for study abroad in Germany alone increased by almost 10% among US students in 2006 and the Czech Republic increased by nearly 20%, according to Open Doors. Also reported was an overall growth in study abroad in Europe by 60%.

As CEA focuses on helping to increase awareness for the need for globalization among US students, the organization has committed to growing its offerings of language courses. Through CEA’s new programs in Central and Eastern Europe, students can study Czech, Russian, Polish German, or Hungarian. Also among the list of disciplines being offered through these programs are Architecture, Art History, Cultural Studies, Economics, History and Sociology.

Colleen Miller, Director of Enrollment at CEA says, “Being competent in multiple languages enhances one’s ability to relate and communicate with people and within cultures outside of one’s own, so much so that employers in certain fields and industries now require that their employees possess more than one language competency. Our role as an education provider and as an organization committed to globalization is to make accessible and affordable study abroad programs in places such as Central and Eastern Europe in order to expose these languages in a way that’s relevant to issues and opportunities facing our students in the future.”

CEA, who announced in November of this year that they had retained the services of Dr. Geoffrey Bannister to assist in further strengthening CEA's academic culture within future development initiatives, plans to enhance its program offerings in Central and Eastern Europe by expanding its CEA GlobalCampus Network into the region, with plans to begin such expansion in Prague.

For students interested in studying abroad, you can contact CEA via telephone, email or online chat. Visit their website at http://www.gowithcea.com/New_Programs.html for more information. CEA is now enrolling students for programs during the summer, fall and year of 2007.

About CEA

CEA – Cultural Experiences Abroad - provides study abroad programs in Western, Central and Eastern Europe, the UK, Australia and Latin America. CEA overseas study programs provide higher education programs abroad for college students from the United States and Canada.

Students are able to study a variety of subject areas instructed in English, Spanish,

French, Italian, German, Russian, Czech and Hungarian.

The Open Doors 2006 report can be accessed from IIE Passport at http://opendoors.iienetwork.org/.

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