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Custom Study Abroad Programs

CEA CAPA Custom Programs

Whether you want to offer a course taught by your own faculty or a customized group arrangement in an area of interest, CEA CAPA provides the expert support, resources, and flexibility you need to create your own custom program in 22 locations across Europe, Latin America, and Oceania.  

The CEA Advantage'

Why Partner with CEA CAPA

CEA CAPA Education Abroad offers custom and faculty-led programs and its own semester and summer programs. Our flexible custom program options take advantage of CEA CAPA’s combined 75 years of expertise in creating academic and career readiness programs abroad.

At CEA CAPA, we help develop custom and faculty-led programs, taking into consideration short-and long-term strategies, listening carefully to ideas, and working to create a meaningful program at an accessible cost. Take advantage of our expertise and extensive network, including our internship placements, professional site visits, co-curricular activities calendar, and guest lectures.

Program Development
  • Consultation with dedicated Custom Program Developers to explore program vision and goals 
  • Specialized program inclusions to align with student learning outcomes
  • Curriculum development (if needed)
  • Flexible pricing options for your budget
  • Marketing and recruitment support
  • Student advising and document collection
  • Visa application instructions and support
  • Final program planning
  • Feedback survey and debrief discussions
  • Official transcripts from Schools of Record or grade reports (as needed for CEA CAPA-taught courses)
  • Official transcripts from local partner institutions (as needed for partner-taught courses)
  • Airport transfer upon arrival
  • Comprehensive onsite orientation, including health and safety
  • Classroom space at a CEA CAPA Study Center or local academic facility
  • CEA CAPA and/or international partner institution courses (if needed)
  • Co-curricular and active learning activities
  • Daytrips and overnight excursions to sites of interest
  • Internship, service learning, and volunteer opportunities (varies by location)
  • Cultural activities and group meals
  • Diverse housing options for students and faculty
  • Extensive co-curricular and logistical support from permanent onsite staff
  • Student-centered approach to special accommodations
  • Risk management and 24/7 emergency support
  • Liability, medical, emergency, and evacuation insurance coverage
Quality Academic Programming

Commitment to Quality Academic Programming

International Infrastructure

Established International Infrastructure

Flexibility in Program Options

Flexibility in Program Options & Inclusions

Robust Support Services

Robust Support Services

Health & Safety Coverage

Health & Safety Coverage

The CEA Advantage'

Commitment to Expanding Program Opportunities

Our Custom Programs team is passionate about developing and facilitating programming to serve the diversity of student populations enrolling in higher education. Inclusivity is more than just a word to us, it’s a core value for CEA CAPA. We believe inclusive practices cultivate curiosity, innovation, and the ability to provide unparalleled global experiences. We are an organization where we want all individuals to feel valued, recognized and supported. We are committed to taking continuous action, holding ourselves accountable, actively seeking feedback, and being transparent in our work. 

Custom and faculty-led programs in particular serve as a valuable tool in the effort to increase access to global experiences. Often, customized experiences offer more flexibility in timing, price, and curriculum, thus breaking down barriers for historically marginalized groups. Additionally, custom programs can be intentionally designed for particular student populations, ensuring that the specific interests and needs of these students are championed and supported. 

identity-based programs we are proud to have supported:

  • First-Generation Student program focused on global competence that rotates between Seville and Rome
  • First-Generation Student program in Florence, focused on engineering
  • "Gay Paris" program, focused on LGBTQIA+ studies
  • HBCU-supporting program in San Jose, focused on health sciences and career development  


  • Human Rights & Service-Learning program in San Jose, run out of a Multicultural Student Services office
  • Sign Language Studies program in Paris, open to hearing, deaf, and hard-of-hearing students
  • Black Lives Matter program in London, focusing on comparative studies of social justice movements between the UK and the U.S.
  • HBCU-supporting short-term programs focused on globalization and migration


Study Centers and Custom Program Locations

Located in cities across Europe, Latin America, and Oceania, our Study Centers accommodate a range of instruction and program types. Study centers are staffed year-round with a team dedicated to housing, academics, student welfare, global internships, and health, safety, and student affairs. Centers provide instructional technology, office space, computer labs, internet access, study areas, and faculty lounges. In most locations, faculty and students may also utilize our international partner institution’s academic resources. 



Czech Republic


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    Latin America

    Buenos Aires

    CEA Support Services'

    CEA CAPA Support Services

    We collaborate with institutions to provide full end-to-end support. Our partners can rely on our expertise and infrastructure to ensure every detail is thoughtfully and thoroughly taken care of for your program.

    Each program will have a dedicated U.S.-based CEA CAPA team made up of your Regional Director, a Custom Program Developer, a Custom Program Manager, and a Partner Student Advisor, who are here to support program development, recruitment, pre-departure advising, logistics and more.  

    CEA CAPA is here to support the institution’s academic efforts. Our team will work with to curate the academic components of the program. Academic components can include:
    • Academic centers + facilities with technology equipped classrooms
    • Credit bearing part-time and full-time internship placement options in a wide variety of disciplines
    • Experiential learning opportunities
    • Professional site visits to local businesses and organizations
    • Guest lectures
    • Local faculty instruction
    • Curriculum development
    • Grade reports and transcripts
    CEA CAPA’s will develop a robust calendar of events to connect students and faculty with the culture of the chosen program destination. We will work with the institution to select culture activities and experiences that align with the theme and learning outcomes of the program.
    • Cultural activities and entrances
    • Program calendar of active learning events
    • Volunteer opportunities
    • Welcome/farewell dinners
    • Group meals
    • Excursions (day trips and overnight)
    Institutions can rely on us to ensure every detail is taken care of for the custom program abroad-from accommodations and classroom space to student visa advising, and risk management.
    • Accommodations in shared student apartments, residence halls, hotels, or homestays
    • Faculty services and support, including apartment accommodation
    • Airport transfer/pickup
    • Pre-departure and onsite orientations
    • Classroom space and academic calendar
    • Experience and dedicated onsite support staff
    • Insurance and risk management
    • 24/7 emergency phone
    • Health and safety locater app
    • Visa advising for students and faculty
    CEA CAPA's Partner Marketing team is here to provide a consultative marketing approach to assist in promoting and recruiting for the custom program. Customized marketing support can include:
    • Flyers, posters, presentations, digital signage, social media posts, and email campaign templates highlighting your program.
    • Assistance with on-campus informational sessions, presentations, tabling at study abroad fairs, etc.
    Each custom program is assigned a dedicated US-based CEA CAPA Custom Program Manager. Pre-departure support includes:
    • Pre-Departure Programming Support: CEA CAPA will arrange video conference calls to introduce CEA CAPA’s onsite team and review all aspects of the program proposal details. The CEA CAPA Custom Program Manager will work closely with the institution personnel to finalize program inclusions and incorporate the program elements into a final program calendar by 30 days prior to the program start date.
    • Pre-Departure Student Advising: A dedicated CEA CAPA Student Advisor is the main contact for your students from the time they are confirmed until the program beings. Advisors are trained to advise students on a variety of topics including health and safety, identity, and cultural integration.  
    • Enrollment Management: CEA CAPA can design customized pre-departure communications to capture student information and preferences such as: emergency contact information, health information, housing preferences, course registration, and more.  
    • Pre-Departure Orientation: CEA CAPA can organize a virtual pre-departure orientation for the group, which may be recorded. This orientation can set expectations for the program, review health and safety protocols, advise on entry into the country, and provide recommendations for packing. 
    Each CEA CAPA custom program location has dedicated staff who are fully available to assist students and faculty in country. Each program has a comprehensive orientation process and offers a high level of hands-on support throughout the duration of the program.
    • Faculty & Program Support: CEA CAPA staff are responsible for ensuring the program runs smoothly and according to plan. They can assist with any questions or concerns related to program resources, bookings, housing, and other guidance.
    • Student Advising & Support: CEA CAPA staff are available to advise students on any issues they may encounter while abroad and are trained to deal with the variety of issues such as health and safety, personal and academic advising, travel and specific cultural events and activities, housing and roommate issues, identity, and cultural integration.
    We prioritize the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, and staff at each step of the custom program process. In all CEA locations, we’ve established emergency response procedures and safety protocols aligned with the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practices. In addition, we utilize resources from the U.S. Department of State, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, Overseas Security Advisory Council, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.

    CEA also enrolls all students and faculty leaders in a mandatory medical insurance and emergency support plan. This uniform policy ensures that program participants have the insurance coverage they need abroad, while allowing CEA staff to respond expediently and consistently if emergencies arise.

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    Program Options

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    Signature Programs

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