European Study Center (ESC) Heidelberg made it to the 10 Best Places to Study Abroad in 2017!

We are proud to announce that our European Study Center (ESC) in Heidelberg made it to the 10 Best Places to Study Abroad in 2017 featured in a recent article on https://www.rushmypassport.com.

Top programs and locations were chosen according to the most popular, highly-rated programs on Abroad101.

Read some student reviews on the ESC Heidelberg website »

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#GivingTuesday #GiveToCEPA

We are excited to celebrate #GivingTuesday this year with you. Giving happens all year-round and in many different ways at CEPA and through our non-profit organization, the CEPA Foundation.

Whether we are giving funds to support charitable and educational projects in Guatemala, or if CEPA Foundation is giving scholarships to help students afford study abroad programs, the spirit of giving is a cornerstone of the people at CEPA.

In the spirit of global giving, we have thought 15 great reasons how supporting CEPA’s worthwhile causes is one way you can help strengthen our world:

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  1. Expand the global horizons of university students and our future leaders
  2. Create an opportunity for a student to fulfill a dream
  3. Inspire a student to learn another language
  4. Create a space of understanding differences

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    European Study Center (ESC) Heidelberg:
    Student Run Project for Refugees

  5. Help volunteer students in Heidelberg as they work at a refugee center
  6. Provide the refugee center with basic school supplies
  7. Allow the displaced children to learn basic math, English, and German
  8. Continue to bring joy to the students of Heidelberg and the children of the refugee center

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    Charitable Projects in Guatemala

  9. Offer funds to purchase basic medical supplies for the community in Vuelta Grande, Guatemala
  10. Buy bicycles for the children who have attended school for one year
  11. Generate funds for additional clothing, shoes, jackets, etc before the rainy season
  12. Support more homes being built in partnership with TECHO
  13. Give a family a smoke reducing stove for them to use for warmth and cooking which in turn, reduces their health and respiratory problems
  14. Assist with building and locating fresh water closer to the village
  15. Give hope to those less fortunate

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100% of your donation will go toward the project of your choice and as a nonprofit, your donation is tax-deductible.

Let #GivingTuesday kick off the holiday spirit of supporting something good.

Report – Meeting with CEPA Coordinators

From November 8 to 11, 2016 some of our most valued local coordinators from all over Europe visited us at the CEPA head office in Ingersheim, Germany to exchange ideas as well as to strengthen our relationships and team spirit.

gasslesstubleWe started the 4-day seminar with a team dinner at a traditional Swabian tavern in the neighbor village, which produces its own wines and serves traditional and regional food. Since the Ingersheim team and coordinators work closely with each other, but very rarely get the chance to see each other or have time to speak about things outside of work, it was a great evening filled with lively conversations.

meeting2After spending the night in a castle, our first day was filled with exchanging many ideas. Not only our Managing Director, Uli Leibrecht, had new developments to report about CEPA, but also the coordinators gave a lot of inspiring input to improve future programs. During the meetings, the coordinators also learned about the organizational process of a study abroad program at CEPA as well as the needs of our students and university partners. On the flip-side, the CEPA office team learned about many new on-site challenges the coordinators face when they are with groups. Together, we discussed solutions that are not only possible but also practical and easily implemented.

felsengartenAfter this intense day of meetings, we all took part in a tour of the “Felsengartenkellerei Besigheim” winery. It was a perfect way to relax and become inspired again during some great conversations while tasting the regional wines.

schloss-ludwigsburgThe next day, we were rewarded for our hard work and visited the Ludwigsburg Palace together. A court lady showed us the inside of the palace and told us about life at the palace and its inhabitants during the 19th century. She also taught us how ladies and gentlemen walked up and down the stairs in that era. It was a lot of fun!

bietigheimAlthough weather was not always on our side, we enjoyed exploring the region around the CEPA head office together. Who wouldn’t, when Harald Leibrecht, President of the CEPA Foundation, talks about the villages in the past and present from his own childhood memories?!

International Symposium in Strasbourg a great success

From November 7-8 students from the European Study Center in Heidelberg and Strasbourg attended the 6th International Symposium at the Château de Pourtalès, hosted by CEPA Foundation.

Fall 2016 Topic: Conflict and Cooperation at EU Borders: Open or Closed Borders

Are border regions helpless facing the immigration crisis?

The symposium is funded through the Jean Monnet Programme, also known as the Jean Monnet Project, a European Union initiative which promotes knowledge on European integration on a worldwide scale.

Our students actively participated in the symposium along with 40 international students from the University of Stasbourg’s Certificate of European Studies. They took part in panel discussions and listened to different presentations from high-caliber professionals.

Presenters:
Political Sciences
Emmanuel BRUNET-JAILLY, University of Victoria
Roland SCHERER, University of St. Gallen
Hynek BÖHM, University of Liberec
William LASSER, Clemson University, USA

Geography
Birte NIENABER, University of Luxembourg
Bernard REITEl, Université d’Artois

Sociology
Philippe HAMMAN, Université de Strasbourg
Cédric DUCHENE-LACROIX, Universitaté Basel
Ramona VELEA, ISIG, Gorizia

History
Birte WASSENBERG, Université de Strasbourg
Martine CAMIADE, Université de Perpignan

Law
Frédérique BERROD, Université de Strasbourg
Antoine ULLESTAD, Université de Strasbourg
Marcin KRZYMUSKI, Europauniversität Viadrina, Frankfurt/Oder

Cultural Sciences
Christian WILLE, Universität Luxembourg
Jordi CICRES, University of Girona
Administrative Sciences/Public Management
Solange HERNANDEZ, Université Aix-en-Provence
Joachim BECK, University of Applied Sciences Kehl

Business and Economic Sciences
Hansjörg DREWELLO, University of Applied Sciences Kehl
Karen BECKER, The College of New Jersey, USA

Upcoming webinar sponsored by CEPA Foundation

Faculty-Led Programs: Framing Intercultural learning on faculty-led programs: Helping students engage with their hosts

Date: Monday, October 24, 2016

Time: 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm (Central Time Zone)

Presented by:

Steven Duke, Ph.D., Assistant Vice President for Global Strategy and International Initiatives at the University of Nebraska, a four-campus system
Lynn C. Anderson, Academic Director, CEPA Foundation

Description:

This webinar takes an in-depth look at strategies for framing intercultural learning on programs led by home-campus faculty. It focuses on both the pre-departure and while-abroad stages and will offer suggestions for simple but powerful ways faculty and education abroad professionals can frame the experience to motivate students and provide students with specific and concrete examples and exercises on how to engage. This extended and intentional interaction with host-country individuals is a key part of the cross-cultural learning experience.

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

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Registration:

Registration is free of charge to faculty, study abroad staff, 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 CEPA Foundation currently has undertaken in Vuelta Grande, Guatemala.

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Spaces are limited. Please register only if you can participate in the webinar. If you can’t attend the webinar but would still like to receive access to the webinar recording and resources, simply fill out the on-demand request form on the CEPA Foundation website now (you will find it at the end of their page, so please scoll down), and you will automatically receive the information after the webinar takes place.

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For more information about past and upcoming webinars, please visit the CEPA Foundation website.
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Limited number of $500 awards available

Great news! CEPA Foundation provides a limited number of $500 awards for any student who applies for the Spring 2017 semester at the European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany or European Study Center in Strasbourg, France.

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Apply soon! Offer expires on October 15th

or when there are no longer any awards remaining.

Promotional code: CFAWARD2017

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5 Great Reasons to spend your Spring 2017 semester in France or Germany

  1. Take your coursework in English at European universities
  2. Earn US transfer credit
  3. Live in a historic castle or villa
  4. Develop and refine your career skills
  5. Spend your free time traveling and discovering Europe

All majors are welcome!

  • Business, Economics, and Finance
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • German / French Language and Culture
  • and more…

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Want to hear from real students? Meet our ESC student ambassadors!

rachel-klineRachel Kline (University of Florida)

Studied abroad in Strasbourg, France
Spring 2016


“Not only was the excursion organized through CEPA an enlightening and awesome experience, but our trip on our own to Poland was beautiful and historically relevant!”

Read her blog »


interview-shahShilan Shah (The College of New Jersey)

Studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany
Fall 2015


“Studying abroad in Heidelberg has easily been the best decision of my life so far, both personally and academically. From making unforgettable friendships with those in the European Study Center, to exploring the different realms of Europe, I have learned and grown so much as a person. Studying abroad made me appreciate other cultures and encouraged me to step out of my comfort zone.”

Read more about his experiences »

Students can save $200 for Spring 2017 semester abroad

Please share this news with your students!

Apply by September 30th for Spring 2017 Semester in Heidelberg or Strasbourg

Promotional code: CFSpring2017

All students who apply by September 30th for a Spring semerster abroad at the European Study Center (ESC) through CEPA Foundation save $200 on their program free. Additional scholarships and grants are available for students who qualify.

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All majors are welcome!

  • Business, Economics, and Finance
  • International Studies
  • Political Science
  • Psychology
  • Foreign Languages
  • and more…

Program Benefits

  • Courses taught in English
  • 12-15 transfer credits
  • Exciting cultural excursion
  • Free time to explore Europe
  • Gain valuable career skills
  • Additional scholarships and grants

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4 Reasons for Faculty-Led Programs in Fall

Deciding on the dates for a faculty-led program in Europe can be a very difficult if not the most challenging decision of the development process. There is definitely no “one size fits all” and academic, financial, and cultural factors must all be considered.

Why you should plan your faculty-led program during the fall break:

* Pleasant weather
Autumn in Europe can be just beautiful! It may not be beach weather, but it’s pretty much perfect for a cultural visit.

* Fewer growds and shorter lines
In late-September the crowds start to thin out. It is much easier to appreciate a city’s attractions and to soak-in the local way of life.

* Local festivals
There are many small cultural and historic festivals dedicated to local history, music, art, handicrafts, food, and traditions. Attending such an event is a great opportunity to meet locals, interact with them, and learn more about their culture.

* Cheaper flights and better room rates
By the end of August, Fall pricing begins and fares drop for the less expensive season.

Let’s start the conversation today!

Send us an email to info@cepa-abroad.org or visit our website to request a custom proposal.

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Thinking about taking your classroom to Italy?

La Bella Italia provides the perfect framework for faculty-led programs for almost any academic field.

In Florence, the heart of Renaissance, you could study art and architecture while visiting the Accademia and Uffizi Gallery.

In Milan, a fashion capital of the world, the newly-opened Fondazione Prada can be experienced before enjoying some time at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

In “The Eternal City” history students can trace the Roman Empire by visiting the Coliseum and other well-preserved ancient ruins.

And the lagoon city Venice of course offers countless possibilities not only of interest to hospitality and tourism management students. While savoring delicious food at an Italian open-air market, a cooking class or tasting session at a local winery or dairy, program participants can sense the Italian vitality.

We are full of ideas to make your Italian experience unforgettable. Contact us and request a customized proposal for your faculty-led program!

Stephen Notaro, University of Illinois
(The Italian Health System):

“Honestly, when I started this course I had a bad experience with another provider and was resistant to using one. I was told CEPA was good last year and thought I’d give you a try. I have been EXTREMELY SATISFIED with the high quality work you do, the processes, your preparation, and how we keep it affordable for students. I am thankful for your work and doubt this trip would happen with anyone else.”

Start preparing for faculty-led 2017 and beyond!

A successful faculty-led experience is based on an organized planning process, professional expertise and logistics, and a well-thought out itinerary. We will work with you on a personal level, every step of the way.

Our team is small enough to be able to offer you personalized support, yet large enough to provide you with a wide range of programming options and locations.

CEPA customizes services to fit the needs of your course and students:

  • Tailored itineraries to compliment your course or academic area
  • Professional visits to companies, organizations, and/or institutions
  • Cultural, academic, and professional experiences and excursions
  • Guest lectures and speakers
  • Local adjunct professors to teach a course
  • Classrooms and meeting facilities
  • Private guides for excursions and tours
  • On-site orientations and coordinators to assist your group
  • Safety and emergency assistance
  • Accommodation and group meals
  • Affordable, efficient, and convenient ground transportation
  • and so much more…

For more information about our customized services, please visit our website.

Talk with us about your ideas and request a customized proposal for your faculty-led program!

We are here to help you choose the best options for your students.

>> Download our request for proposal form and
>> Return the completed form to: info@cepa-abroad.org

More information on how to get started can be found here.