Voting Underway for CEA's Spring 2008 Study Abroad Video Contest

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Study abroad provider invites students to share their spring 2008 study abroad adventures to show firsthand the invaluable benefits of study abroad.

Intercultural competence is a critical element of a complete education

People worldwide are visiting until March 1, 2008 to vote for their favorite CEA student's study abroad video. CEA, which provides study abroad programs in 15 countries and 26 cities to U.S. and Canadian university and college students, will feature the winning film on its website and award the film's producer a 15-day Eurail pass or comparable cash prize.

CEA has invited its 2008 spring term study abroad students to capture a unique or interesting aspect of their international experience on video to educate others about the invaluable benefits of study abroad. While students are allowed to select a theme of their choice, the video must be limited to five minutes or less and be submitted to Contestants are encouraged to promote their films via e-mail blasts to friends and family; on social network sites like Facebook, MySpace, and CEA's study abroad social network group; via blogs; or on other video sites such as, and

"Our contest invites students to get creative and spread the word about study abroad, maybe participate in something they've never tried their hand at before, and win something that will get put to good use as most students are eager to travel during their study abroad experience," says Colleen Miller, director of marketing at CEA. "It also gives prospective students some insight into the unique aspects of the invaluable experience that is study abroad."

In addition to posting the contest rules on its Web site, CEA provided aspiring student producers with tips and advice on selecting a theme, shooting and editing. When voting ends on March 1, 2008. The winner will be determined by two primary criteria--the video's viewer rating on and the votes from CEA's panel of judges. CEA is excited to see the results of all the students' hard work.

"Intercultural competence is a critical element of a complete education," continues Miller. "We strive to play a vital role in opening students' minds to new ways of thinking and to gaining an appreciation and respect for other cultures--qualities important for today's workforce."

Each term, CEA provides students with unique study abroad opportunities, including through its scholarship awards designed for students seeking financial assistance for trimester, semester, summer, and year-long study abroad programs. Established in 1996, CEA's study abroad scholarship program dedicates more than $100,000 in financial assistance annually, benefitting dozens of students each year.

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 15 countries to offer study abroad in Spain, Italy, China, France, Germany and England, among many other study abroad destinations, including CEA's newest location for study abroad in South Africa. In addition, CEA has partnered with the University of New Haven to create the CEA GlobalCampus Network, an exclusive collection of campuses worldwide designed to provide university and college students with active, hands-on, experiential learning opportunities. For more information, visit


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