If you're planning to study abroad in South America, I would not recommend booking through CSA. I pay over $100 more than students who booked directly with the school. Also, communicating directly with the school, it a lot easier than through this agency.
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Studied in Paris thru CSA. Highly recommend it. Cost less than many others, and I earned 15 semester credits. I plan to use CSA again to study next year in China. Thanks CSA !
CSA offers low cost, fully accredited programs worldwide. Open to all students and adults worldwide - from all countries. Gap year students also encouraged to register with us. Program lengths vary, but include Semester, Trimester, Academic Year, Summer, Monthly and Weekly. Programs are held at Universities, Colleges, and Institutes worldwide. Earn academic credit for college or high school available on most programs, especially the "University based" ones. Housing flexibility is offered - student residences, flats (apts), and host families are available. You can arrange own housing if you prefer. For over 20 years (since 1990), Center For Study Abroad (CSA) has provided low cost opportunities to study abroad....all in a easy, convenient process. Join us !
I did Spanish in Puerto Vallarta. NOT WORTH IT TO BOOK THROUGH CSA! If you need to save money, book it yourself. I have the info for you.
I couldn't find the school's official website to sign up directly with them (I didn't know the name either, just that it was in Puerto Vallarta and was part of Uni of Guadalajara) and I started to believe that you couldn't.... After I paid everything, CSA sent me the online placement test, which is directly on the school's site, and I discovered how much it costs to book directly with the school--ARGH!!
- Costs $1000 more than signing up directly: www.cecm.udg.mx/fees.html
- You can sign up for homestay, airport pickup everything directly with the actual school
- CSA IS NOT WORTH THE MONEY ($1000 extra??)
- They don't do anything you can't do yourself, and it isn't that much easier at all because they provide the same services as the University does...
- Their replies are always less than 3 sentences, and their phone line is a voicemail, you don't get to talk to anyone so you can have all your questions answered at once rather than through 30 emails with 3 sentence replies.
Feeling totally scammed and angry!
OK so some interesting reviews here so I think I owe these guys a review.
I've personally done a few study abroad programs, 2 during college and most recently as an adult learner so having been through these different options may offer some unique insight into the value of a company like CSA. For me, it was mostly about efficiency. They knew the process, they knew the documentation required, they also offered up some tips that I may not have received in doing it myself. My undergrad program did it all for me, it cost a lot and wasn't flexible (I had a great time tho!). I had to do it myself in grad school which was also good but a lot of work and didn't really want to go that route again but upon seeing the prices of some study abroad programs, I was tempted to go DIY again. CSA offered me a happy medium and did indeed deliver on that. I did Barcelona which was amazing. I did not experience some of the issues that some have outlined on this website aside from not answering phone calls (emails were satisfactory for me though) so I can't speak to those specifics, only that mine was a very good one.
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