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.
We are pleased to announce that CEPA made a donation of €25,000 to the organization “Kindern eine Chance e.V.” to support its charitable project in Vuelta Grande, Guatemala.
Situated in the heart of Sacatepéquez County, the Mayan village “Vuelta Grande” is located only a few miles from Antigua. Almost 50% of the total population live under the poverty line and have little or no access to public health care, education, and social welfare.
“Building an education center, obtaining medical support, installing new smoke-reducing stoves are just a few of the wonderful project that we’ve been fortunate to be a part of,” said Uli Leibrecht, Director of CEPA. “We are very proud of what we have already achieved over the past 10 years.” Carmen Dötterer, Vice Chairwomen of Kindern eine Chance e.V. commented: “We are thrilled to receive such a generous donation from CEPA. We are so grateful for their commitment to our project in Vuelta Grande and look forward to continue our close relationship.”
To join CEPA and make a personal donation to this charitable project, please go to CEPA Foundation.
100% of your donation will go toward the project and as a nonprofit, your donation is tax-deductible.
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
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
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 »
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:
Scholarships for Study Abroad Students
- Expand the global horizons of university students and our future leaders
- Create an opportunity for a student to fulfill a dream
- Inspire a student to learn another language
- Create a space of understanding differences
European Study Center (ESC) Heidelberg:
Student Run Project for Refugees
- Help volunteer students in Heidelberg as they work at a refugee center
- Provide the refugee center with basic school supplies
- Allow the displaced children to learn basic math, English, and German
- Continue to bring joy to the students of Heidelberg and the children of the refugee center
Charitable Projects in Guatemala
- Offer funds to purchase basic medical supplies for the community in Vuelta Grande, Guatemala
- Buy bicycles for the children who have attended school for one year
- Generate funds for additional clothing, shoes, jackets, etc before the rainy season
- Support more homes being built in partnership with TECHO
- Give a family a smoke reducing stove for them to use for warmth and cooking which in turn, reduces their health and respiratory problems
- Assist with building and locating fresh water closer to the village
- Give hope to those less fortunate
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.
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.
We 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.
After 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.
After 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.
The 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!
Although 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?!
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.
Apply soon! Offer expires on October 15th
or when there are no longer any awards remaining.
Promotional code: CFAWARD2017
5 Great Reasons to spend your Spring 2017 semester in France or Germany
- Take your coursework in English at European universities
- Earn US transfer credit
- Live in a historic castle or villa
- Develop and refine your career skills
- Spend your free time traveling and discovering Europe
All majors are welcome!
- Business, Economics, and Finance
- International Studies
- Political Science
- German / French Language and Culture
- and more…
Want to hear from real students? Meet our ESC student ambassadors!
Rachel Kline (University of Florida)
Studied abroad in Strasbourg, France
“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 »
Shilan Shah (The College of New Jersey)
Studied abroad in Heidelberg, Germany
“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 »
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.
All majors are welcome!
- Business, Economics, and Finance
- International Studies
- Political Science
- Foreign Languages
- and more…
- Courses taught in English
- 12-15 transfer credits
- Exciting cultural excursion
- Free time to explore Europe
- Gain valuable career skills
- Additional scholarships and grants
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or visit our website to request a custom proposal.