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


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.



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.


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.


For more information about past and upcoming webinars, please visit the CEPA Foundation website.

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


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…


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.


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


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.


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.

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 abigail.lynch@cepa-foundation.org.

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: http://www.gooverseas.com/blog/parents-speak-up-on-rising-concerns-of-terrorism-and-study-abroad

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