CEA and Study Abroad Field Experience Unprecedented Enrollment Growth

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In line with Open Doors' recently released data that study abroad enrollment increased nearly nine percent during the 2006-2007 academic year, CEA, a leading study abroad program provider, also experienced unprecedented growth. In the 2006-2007 academic year, CEA reports having enrolled nearly 30 percent more students in study abroad programs compared to the previous year, and reports a nearly three-fold increase in enrollment over the last five years.

In line with Open Doors' recently released data that study abroad enrollment increased nearly nine percent during the 2006-2007 academic year, CEA, a leading study abroad program provider for university and college students in the U.S. and Canada, also experienced unprecedented growth. In the 2006-2007 academic year, CEA reports having enrolled nearly 30 percent more students in study abroad programs compared to the previous year, and reports a nearly three-fold increase in enrollment over the last five years.

The increase in the number of U.S. students who study abroad is compounded by a growing interest in European destinations, particularly the United Kingdom, Italy, Spain and France. The 10 most popular destinations, according to Open Doors' 2007 data, are as follows:

1.    United Kingdom
2.    Italy
3.    Spain
4.    France
5.    Australia
6.    Mexico
7.    China
8.    Germany
9.    Costa Rica
10. Ireland

Offering programs in the top 10 study abroad destinations, CEA has experienced an influx of university and college students interested in studying at European destinations with 12 percent selecting Italy, 41 percent selecting Spain and 16 percent selecting France. As a response to the growing need and interest, CEA has expanded its program offerings in these locations by establishing signature CEA GlobalCampus Network sites in these countries, with more developing sites on the horizon. Designed to bridge international education with emerging technology and Millennial student learning techniques through unique, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities, CEA's GlobalCampus Network has established sites in Barcelona, Madrid, Seville, Paris, Florence and Rome.

In addition to the most popular destinations of study, Open Doors reports that the top three disciplines of study among Americans who study abroad are social sciences, business and management, and humanities. This finding is closely aligned with the vast array of programs CEA offers that cater to these disciplines, in particular through the CEA GlobalCampus Network. For the 2007-2008 academic year, CEA responded to student demand in these fields of study by adding social sciences programs in Madrid, Seville and Prague; business and management offerings in Rome, Madrid and London; and humanities courses in Seville.

The influx of students interested in study abroad programs has posed unique challenges to colleges and universities nationwide. In fact, a CEA survey of study abroad officers across the country showed that only 24 percent indicated their institution can handle 2,000 students or more in the next 10 years. To help higher education institutions understand the need for growth in study abroad and how to manage the growth at their institutions, this month CEA is expected to release a white paper, Study Abroad: Meeting Future Demand for Quantity and Quality, which reveals the practical considerations study abroad offices should consider in response to the anticipated five-fold increase in study abroad enrollment. To sign up to receive a copy, please email Colleen Miller at colleen.miller@gowithcea.com.

The Open Doors report is published annually by the Institute of International Education, the leading not-for-profit educational and cultural exchange organization in the United States. The census is based on a survey of nearly 3,000 accredited U.S. institutions.

About CEA
The nation's premiere study abroad organization, CEA offers an unparalleled suite of global education opportunities for colleges, universities and high schools in the United States and Canada. Founded in 1996, CEA has forged partnerships with international universities in 14 countries to offer study abroad in Spain, Italy, China, France, Germany and England, among many other destinations. In addition, CEA has partnered with the University of New Haven to create the CEA GlobalCampus Network, a collection of campuses worldwide designed to provide university and college students with active, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. For more information, visit http://www.GoWithCEA.com.

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