Uli Leibrecht presenting at half-day conference in Philadelphia

We are excited to announce that Uli Leibrecht, Founder and Director of CEPA, will be one of the panelists at the “Re-Imagine: Innovations in Global Education” Conference.

The conference is hosted by Asia Institute in conjunction with NAFSA in Philadelphia on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. It will highlight key innovations in the global education field, by bringing together provosts, deans, directors, faculty leaders, and advisors.

Panel: Innovations in Study Abroad
This panel will focus on innovations in the study abroad field. Panelists will share their best practices for innovative experiential programming, with a focus on results-based outcomes.


  • Ulrike Leibrecht, Founder and Director, CEPA
  • Cory Smith, Assistant Director, Faculty-Led Programs, University of Cincinnati
  • Kristen M. Cohen, Assistant Director, International Programs, Stetson University College of Law

Date: Tuesday, May 29, 2018
Time: 12:30pm – 6:00pm
Location: American Institute of Architects – Center for Architecture and Design
Address: 1218 Arch St, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (across from the Philadelphia Convention Center)

For more information, please visit the Asia Institute website.

Meet CEPA at the FORUM conference – Table #28

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you during the Forum’s 14th Annual Conference in Boston this year.

Date: March 21-23, 2018
Location: Sheraton Boston Hotel

Topic: Building on Strong Foundations: Best Practices for an Evolving Field

If you haven’t scheduled an appointment, yet, feel free to stop by and visit us in the Exhibition Hall: TABLE #28

Safe travels and I’m looking forward to seeing you in Seattle,

Uli Leibrecht

Director, CEPA

Phone: +49 (0) 7142 – 95 65 36

Skype: uli.leibrecht

Program Feature: Intercultural Communication and Global Leadership

There are plenty of study abroad opportunities for summer to choose from but the Intercultural Communication and Global Leadership Program at the European Study Center (ESC) in Strasbourg, France is a challenging and innovative summer study abroad program for the next generation of leaders.

5 weeks, 2, courses, 6 US semester credits
June 23 – July 26, 2018

Program fee: $5,790  (includes credits, courses, housing, excursions, and so much more)

Application Deadline: March 31



A Challenging, but Rewarding Experience

I became more independent than I thought possible and I pushed myself out of my comfort zone every day. It was worthwhile. I am a happier and more confident individual now.

ESC summer student, Birmingham Southern University

Scholarships are available for students who qualify!

  • Emerging Global Leaders Scholarship worth $2,500
  • 10 scholarships worth $500 each
  • 5 scholarships worth $1,000 each


American Airlines may cancel flights around Christmas

If you depart for your study abroad program around Christmas and have booked your flight with American Airlines, we would like to make you aware of possible flight cancellations that may occur.

As CNBC reported on November 29 (https://www.cnbc.com/2017/11/29/thousands-of-american-airlines-flights-dont-have-scheduled-pilots-union.html), American Airlines has fewer pilots available than actually needed over the holiday season due to a scheduling failure.

Therefore, please make sure to double check your flight itinerary and keep your CEPA Program Manager posted in case your flight is affected. We will then make sure to accommodate the modifications in order to allow a smooth program start after your arrival.


Meet CEPA at the CIEE Conference in Austin, TX

Our Education Abroad Specialist, Drs. Petra Visscher, will be exhibiting on behalf of CEPA at the upcoming CIEE Annual Conference in Austin, TX. She would be pleased to meet with you during the conference.

November 8-11, 2017
JW Marriott Austin, TX


Please drop by our table in the exhibit area of the hotel or you can make an appointment ahead of time using the following link:

Safe travels and we are looking forward to seeing you in Austin!

CEPA celebrates 20 years in study abroad today, June 23, 2017

The years have gone by so fast that we can hardly believe it ourselves!

Starting out in 1997 as a small German tour operator, CEPA has developed into a thriving and successful leader in the field of study abroad and faculty-led programs.

We are proud of and thankful for our long-standing, trusted university partnerships worldwide. Their vision and passion for international education truly inspires everyone and everything at CEPA.

Our reward is the success and satisfaction the students and faculty leaders take home with them at the end of each and every CEPA study abroad program.

A sincere “Thank You” goes out to our friends, families, and local partners who have supported us on so many different levels throughout the years. We couldn’t have done it without YOU!

Please be sure to connect with us on social media and keep an eye out for exciting posts, including some pretty entertaining “blast-from-the-past” fun during the month of October.

Welcoming our 100th study abroad group for 2017

This June we are proud to celebrate the arrival of a group from Davenport University as our 100th study abroad group for 2017 with many more to come. We are happy to share this special moment with them.

The group arrived on June 3rd in Milan with 14 students and their faculty leaders. They were greeted with a “100th group” cake as a small surprise by their CEPA on-site coordinator, Morena.

During their “European Business and Culture Program” the group explores the heart of Europe by visiting 6 countries in 3 weeks. The program includes corporate visits to companies and institutions, such as Ducati Motorcycles in Bologna, a Swiss bank in Zurich, the European Parliament in Strasbourg as well as a broad range of cultural excursions.

We are proud to mention that Davenport University and CEPA have been running business programs throughout Europe for 10 years now and that we are honored to have this long-standing relationship with our partners at Davenport University.

GoAbroad People’s Choice Award – please nominate CEPA

CEPA is asking for your support. If you are a study abroad director, advisor or staff member, please cast your first vote for CEPA.

Follow the link to the very short nomination form:

Nominations are due by Monday, April 3.
If you cannot think of any second or third nominees, you can simply enter N/A in those fields.

Thank you in advance for your support,
Your CEPA team

About the People’s Choice Award:
This award honors the top international education organization as selected by study abroad professionals and students. The top five finalists in this category are chosen by study abroad advisers from colleges and universities throughout the United States. Once these finalists have been announced, students will have the opportunity to vote online for their favorite organization. The winner will be determined by a combination of popular vote and program reviews on GoAbroad.com.

Upcoming Spring Webinar: “Challenging Students to Become Reasonable Adventurers in Global Contexts”

Registration is now open for CEPA Foundation’s second Spring 2017 webinar. We invite you register today. If you are not able to attend the live event, please register anyway and you will be provided access to the recording and handouts after the webinar takes place.

registration for CEPA Foundation webinar

Challenging Students to Become Reasonable Adventurers in Global Contexts

Date: Monday, April 24, 2017

Time: 12:30 pm pacific / 1:30 pm mountain / 2:30 pm central / 3:30 pm eastern

Presented by:

Dr. Michael Stebleton, Associate Professor, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities
Lynn C. Anderson, Academic Director, CEPA Foundation, former Dean of International Education, UC San Diego


What does it mean for students to have a world-relatedness?  Do our students with whom we interact on a daily basis have a flare for change?  More importantly, how do we as study abroad educators foster these traits in our undergraduate students?  Using the student development concept of the reasonable adventurer, Dr. Stebleton will discuss strategies for challenging students to become reasonable adventurers in their own approach to learning. He will share some of his own ideas that he applies to his own students – in the classroom and abroad – and encourage participants to share their own promising practices.


  • To define and discuss the traits of the reasonable adventurer and how it applies to study abroad opportunities.
  • To gain an understanding of how and why the reasonable adventurer is especially relevant to today’s college students.
  • To share and discuss experiences and ideas to foster critical thinking, global learning, interpersonal communication, and other qualities through high-impact practice in study abroad.

The presentation will last approximately 40 minutes and a 20 min. interactive Q&A discussion with the presenters will follow.


Registration is available free of charge to faculty, staff, advisors, and administrators at colleges and universities.

Employees and staff from third-party or educational providers, other institutions or companies in the US or abroad, independent consultants, or other individuals are asked to make a contribution of at least $125 to register and participate in the webinar. This contribution will help support the charitable projects which the CEPA Foundation currently has undertaken in Vuelta Grande, Guatemala.

registration for CEPA Foundation webinar

Request access to past webinars

Please go to the CEPA Foundation website and request access to the on-demand webinars. The on-demand webinars are offered by the CEPA Foundation, free of charge, to faculty, study abroad staff, and administrators at colleges and universities.

registration for CEPA Foundation on-demand webinars


Meet CEPA at the FORUM in Seattle, WA

We welcome the opportunity to meet with you during the FORUM annual conference in Seattle this year.

Date: March 29-31, 2017
Location: The Westin Seattle

Topic: Creating and Sustaining the Education Abroad Continuum

As your study abroad partner and local expert on-site, you’ll benefit from CEPA’s  20 years of experience and extensive network of personal and professional contacts to create truly unique programs focused entirely on your course, needs, and students.

CEPA offers you a variety of services including academic, cultural, and logistical support for your semester, summer, and faculty-led short or long-term programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Australia.

Through the non-profit CEPA Foundation, additional opportunities are available to your institution including scholarships, community engagement projects, and free webinars for your faculty and staff.

Please visit my schedule to make an appointment in advance. Also, feel free to stop by and visit us in the Exhibition Hall: TABLE # 38

Safe travels and I’m looking forward to seeing you in Seattle,

Uli Leibrecht

Director, CEPA

Phone: +49 (0) 7142 – 95 65 36

Skype: uli.leibrecht