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:
https://www.goabroad.com/awards/peoples-choice-award/

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.

Important Announcement – CEPA’s web and email addresses have changed

CEPA’s Director of Marketing, Antje Rikker, is pleased to introduce our new domain.

Why just CEPA? Well, due to our expanding choice of study abroad destinations and programs around the world, we decided to simplify our communications by using one single URL and Email Domain: cepa-abroad.org

Don’t worry! Except for our slightly revised logo, everything else at CEPA will stay the same, including the excellent services you have come to know and of course, our great team of hardworking professionals.

However, the new domain means that our primary email addresses are also changing to the new format as well, so please update your address book. Our old email addresses will eventually be phased out, so it is important to update your contacts.

Also, if your school has linked your website to cepa-europe.com, it would be good to update those connections as well. But if not, all old URLs and bookmarks should still work for the foreseeable future.

We appreciate your patience during this transition. If you have questions or comments about the new CEPA, please let me know.

Antje Rikker – Director of Marketing
antje@cepa-abroad.org

Season’s Greetings – Frohe Weihnachten – Joyeux Noël – Feliz Navidad

What do the holidays mean to you?

At CEPA, the holiday season is a time of appreciation, recognition, and giving.

Appreciation of our most valued partners and friends with people like you is first and foremost. Your vision and passion for international education and the global community truly inspire us in everything we do at CEPA. We would like to express our sincerest “THANK YOU” and send our warmest wishes to you and your family.

Recognizing the importance of education abroad is now more than ever an indispensable means to conquer words like barriers, borders, and fear. Together with your institution and engaging projects, such as our “Castle Talks” EU Jean Monnet Symposia or refugee volunteer activities for students at our European Study Centers in Germany and France, we can exchange ideas, learn from each other, and seek solutions as a whole which strengthen rather than weaken our cultures.

Giving back to our society in various capacities has always and will always be fundamental element of our endeavours. Whether we are giving our very best as your reliable partner abroad, sponsoring charitable projects for underprivileged families in Guatemala, providing scholarships and grants for your students, or offering free webinars for your staff and faculty, we are devoted to making local, national, and global differences.

As 2016 winds down and we look toward 2017 and the years to come, one element will remain constant for the team at CEPA. Education. Education. Education. We have high expectations for the road ahead and anticipate with enthusiasm your continued support of our common goal – to create bridges of understanding for current and future generations.

May your season be bright and may the New Year bring peace, success, and inspiration!

From your friends at CEPA

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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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?!

100th student group hosted by CEPA in 2016

Celebrations are in order for a group of 12 study abroad students and their faculty leader from the University of Florida. We are proud to share this event with them.

This June marks a milestone for CEPA, welcoming our 100th study abroad group so far for the year. Approximately 35 more faculty-led programs from different universities will take place throughout Europe, Asia, and Brazil this Fall and by the end of 2016.

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During their stay at the European Study Center in Strasbourg – Château de Pourtalés, the student group from Florida were honored during an afternoon cake and coffee party by Harald Leibrecht and the team members from CEPA and the Château.

The students are staying in Europe until the end of the month, taking part in a full-spectrum program organized by CEPA. It focuses on comparative environmental politics and sustainability including visits to the European Parliament in Strasbourg, United Nations and World Trade Organization in Geneva, many castles, wineries, and organic farms in France and Germany, windfarms and solar power industries, local and organic food production, as well as cooking schools in Italy.

As part of their course requirements, the University of Florida students will be developing projects for “bringing home” to their own towns, cities, and states the best environmental and sustainability practices and policies observed and studied in Switzerland, Germany, France, and Italy.

Learn more about their study abroad program >

People’s Choice 2016 – Asking for your support for CEPA

Nominations are due by Friday, April 1st at 11:59pm MST.

Many of our valued friends and supporters have already endorsed us for the 2015 GoAbroad People’s Choice award and helped us to become one of the 3 finalists, which we have been very honored about.

We are asking for your support again, this year!

If you are a study abroad director, advisor or staff member, please cast your first vote for CEPA Europe. Nominations are due by Friday, April 1st at 11:59pm MST.

http://www.goabroad.com/awards/peoples-choice-award/

(If you can’t think of any second or third nominees, you can simply enter N/A in those fields).

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!

What’s the GoAbroad 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.

10th anniversary of Humber at the CEPA Study Center Chateau du Pourtales

For 10 years, Humber College (School of Hospitality, Recreation and Tourism) and CEPA Europe have been running a semester abroad program in Strasbourg, France open to students with a major/minor in Culinary Management, Hospitality Management, Tourism Management, and Tourism & Hospitality Management.

During the program students reside at the historic Chateau de Portales and complete seven weeks of classroom instruction. Weekly field trips are taken to breweries, wineries, patisseries, hotels and attractions around France, including Paris.

After 10 years, we feel very honored to have this relationship with the people at Humber College. Together, we work hard to continously improve the program in order to make it an excellent opportunity for their students to connect their classroom learning with real-world experience.

Kristy Adams – Program Coordinator/Professor

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Kristy, Brent, Carter (12) and Griffin (9)

“The experience and CEPA changed our lives! That’s the truth.

Our family will always have the unbelievable memories to hold onto for the rest of our lives. We are so incredibly thankful for the opportunity to experience Europe. I truly cannot think of a day that goes by where our trip doesn’t touch us in some way. Whether we are looking at some of the artwork we brought back or singing our own kugelhopf song or Skyping Biggi or looking at our photos, smiles our brought to our faces each and every time.

Thank you Uli for all that you and your team provide to EVERYONE who graces the Chateau’s doors and CEPA’s programs.

WOOHOO HUMBER and CEPA!!!!

And thank you for letting me, my family and so many of us over the past 10 glorious years enjoy the ride!!!!”

All our love,
Kristy, Brent, Carter (12) and Griffin (9)