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:

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

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.


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 >

Meet CEPA at NAFSA in Denver

The annual NAFSA Conference in Denver is coming up soon and we would be happy to meet with you during the conference.

May 29-June 3, 2016
Denver, Colorado

Appointments are welcome or feel free to stop by and visit us at our booth in the Expo Hall. To schedule an appointment, please contact Abigail at

Otherwise you will find us at: BOOTH # 529

OUR MISSION is to develop and deliver education abroad programs with strong academic and cultural components in close partnership with faculty leaders and administrators at colleges and universities.

We look forward to learning more about your study abroad goals and working together with you as your on-site partner and local expert.

This year we will be co-presenting
in two Poster Sessions:

“Reflection and Career Development through Study Abroad Peer Ambassador Programming”
Abigail Lynch, Associate Director of University Relations at CEPA Foundation with Emily Grubbe, Study Abroad Advisor at the University of FloridaWednesday, June 1 from 8:30am to 10am
“Using Data to Advocate for Allies and Resources”
Marketa Lepicovsky, Director of Marketing Operations at the European Study Center Heidelberg with James Galvin, Director of Opportunities Abroad and Faculty Led Programs at University of California-San DiegoWednesday, June 1 from 2pm to 3:30pm

We look forward to meeting you in Denver!

Safe travels,

Uli Leibrecht
CEPA Europe

Sherryl Major
North American Division
CEPA Europe

Abigail Lynch
Assoc. Director of University Relations
CEPA Foundation

Marketa Lepicovsky
Director of Marketing Operations
European Study Center (ESC) Heidelberg

Bill Hartley
University Liaison
European Study Center (ESC) Heidelberg

Don’t be scared away from study abroad

CEPA supports study abroad as an important means to encourage global understanding. Due to the recent terrorist activity in Europe we understand the rising concerns of our partner universities and, of course, the worries of parents in particular of sending their kids abroad.

This is why we would like to share a wonderfully written article, published on 03/22/2016 by Jessie Beck, with quotes from real parents. You can read it here:

We feel it is more important than ever to stand together and support study abroad as an important means to better understand different culture and ultimately prevail over those trying so very hard to prevent peace. While we cannot guarantee a risk-free environment, we make all efforts to ensure the safety, security, and well-being off all study abroad participants. (CEPA health & safety measures »)

Meet us at FORUM in Atlanta, GA


Are you planning to attend The Forum’s 12th Annual Conference in Atlanta?

April 6-8, 2016
Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta (GA)

We would be happy to meet with you during the conference to talk about your institution’s education abroad goals and how CEPA Europe can support you as your partner and local expert on-site. Through our experience, expertise, resources and connections, we will help you make the best choices for your program abroad.

Appointments are welcome or feel free to stop by and visit us in the Exhibition Hall: TABLE # G7

Safe travels and we are looking forward to meeting you in Atlanta!



Uli Leibrecht

Director, CEPA Europe

Phone: +49 (0) 7142 – 95 65 36

Skype: uli.leibrecht

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.

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


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.


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)

Upcoming Webinar: Ten Quick Tips for Working with Education Abroad Provider Organizations

CEPA FoundationWe are pleased to announce and to invite you to participate in the next CEPA Foundation webinar:

Ten Quick Tips for Working with Education Abroad Provider Organizations

Monday, February 29, 2016

3:00 pm to 4:00 pm (Eastern Time Zone)

Presented by:

Anthony C. Ogden, Ph.D.

Executive Director, Education Abroad and Exchanges

University of Kentucky International Center

Lynn C. Anderson, Academic Director, CEPA Foundation

Due to the proliferation of provider organizations working in the broadly-defined ‘industry’ of U.S. education abroad, it has become incredibly challenging for even the most experienced education abroad professional to differentiate organizations and to determine with whom to partner. Long-standing affiliations and professional loyalties are being tested by the arrival of a new cadre of innovative and entrepreneurial organizations and without doubt competition for students and attention is intensifying.

As a result, education abroad offices are being bombarded with email solicitations, campus visit requests, ever-expanding exhibition halls, and so on.

In this webinar, Dr. Anthony Ogden will describe the “Ten Quick Tips” that he has developed for working with education abroad provider organizations. Lynn C. Anderson, Academic Director of the CEPA Foundation and former Dean of International Education at UC San Diego will comment and respond.

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

Registration is free of charge to faculty, study abroad staff, and administrators at colleges and universities.

Can’t make it to the live event?

Sign up now and you will automatically receive access to the on-demand version of the webinar to watch at your leisure as well as access to all of the handouts!
If the button above does not work, please copy and paste this link into your browser:

Request access to any of the past webinars available on demand
on the CEPA Foundation website

Summer abroad program in Strasbourg, France

Exploring the European construction and European identities at the center of political Europe.

CEPA Europe, together with East Carolina University, would like to invite your students to study abroad this summer in Strasbourg, France. The program is open to all undergraduate college and university students wishing to earn credits in History, Political Science and/or French.

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Summer is the perfect time for your students to connect their classroom learnings to “real world” settings without missing a semester.


Program Dates: June 22 – July 20 (29 days)

What’s included:

  • 2 courses – 6 credit hours
  • 27 nights at the CEPA study center, Château de Pourtalès, in Strasbourg (pictured on top) and 2 nights in Brussels
  • Daily breakfast and 5 dinners
  • Visits to Brussels, Luxembourg, Waterloo, Frankfurt, Heidelberg as well as in and around Strasbourg
  • Public transportation passes


  • FORL 2700. Special Topics in French or Francophone Literature (3):
    This course will focus on the city of Strasbourg, its history, its present, and its role as a European capital. Instruction will be divided between physical exploration of the city and readings chosen to inform students understanding of the cultural fabric of the city. It will also explore its culture: French, Alsatian, European and cosmopolitan, as a point of entry to explore issued linked to the European integration and contemporary France.

Course is equivalent to: HIST 3445 – Modern France, 1815-present

  • FORL 4700. Special Topics in Foreign Languages and Literatures (3):
    This class will examine on site the European construction 70 years after the end of World War II. We will take advantage of our location in Strasbourg to visit key European sites important to Europe such as; the Heidelberg Castle and institutions in Strasbourg, Brussels, Luxembourg, and Frankfurt.

Course is equivalent to: HIST 3435 – History of Europe Since 1914 OR POLS 3232 – The European Union

Students with the necessary credential in French can also elect to take that class as a FREN 3700/4700 class.

ECU summer program flyer
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Nicolas Médevielle
Dept. Foreign Languages & Literatures
Office: Bate 3301

Faculty-led programs focusing on environmental sustainability

Natural sciences, social sciences, humanities and engineering disciplines

The constantly rising demand for energy, global warming as well as air and water pollution are only some of the challenges today’s decision makers are confronted with. Therefore, it’s essential to have well-educated and trained professionals who are able to examine the multidisciplinary aspects of environmental issues in order to develop sustainable solutions.

Through a faculty-led program, your students can apply their classroom learning on environmental sustainability to a global context. They will better understand the complexity and opportunities while experiencing first-hand sustainable principles and solutions on a local, national, and global level.

Let’s work together on an interdisciplinary, safe, and sustainable program!

Programs can focus on topics, such as:

  • Agricultural Practices in The Netherlands
  • Sustainability and Leadership in Europe
  • Environmental Sustainability in Germany and Denmark
  • Urban & Regional Planning in Europe
  • European Environmental Studies focusing on Forestry
  • Global Energy Perspectives in London, Paris and Vienna
  • Sustainable Development in the European Union

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

>> Download our request for proposal form and
>> send the completed form to us:

More information on how to get started can be found on