CSA - Center for Study Abroad

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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 !

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Posted: August 11, 2014
Overall:
9
Support:
8
Value:
8
Age:
24

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 !
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Posted: June 13, 2014
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9
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8
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10
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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!

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Posted: May 6, 2014
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1
Support:
2
Value:
1
By: sea_mf
Age:
22

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CSA is a study abroad service provider. Program prices include the "services provided" per applicant, including registration and confirmation process, payment options - including the convenience to pay by credit card online, host family confirmation, airport pick-up arrangements, exchange rate lock-in by paying in U.S. dollars, and overall making the process go smoothly....as well as all the communications with the applicant. Prices are very low when compared to other providers. For over 20 years (since 1990), CSA has helped students and adults study abroad...easily and conveniently...all at very low cost. The applicant complaint above forgets to mention that he was a party of 2 people...not just himself....and that CSA provided everything for both of them. Also, CSA uses mostly email for a very good reason.....everything has to be documented (in writing).
CSA provides study abroad program services. Prices are set to cover all services provided, and still be low cost. Easy registration - confirmation process, convenient payment options (such as credit card online), host family confirmation, airport pick-up arrangements, as well as all the communications with the applicants to make everything go smoothly. The above student also forgot to mention that he was with a 2nd student (2 applicants) - both of whom CSA assisted and provided their confirmations. In addition, CSA has been offering this program in Puerto Vallarta for over 15 years.
CSA provided all your confirmations, as well as your host family and airport pick-up for both your and your friend. You forgot to mention that CSA also provided the same for your friend. CSA prices are very reasonable, given all the expenses involved in study abroad programming and providing confirmations in a timely manner. Also, keep in mind....CSA offers the convenience of paying online by credit card, and you are NOT sending money down to Mexico...never to return in case you cancel. For over 20 years, since 1990, CSA has provided low cost study abroad programs (fully accredited) to students and adults worldwide. CSA programs are open to all students and adults...from all countries.

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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Posted: May 28, 2013
Overall:
8
Support:
6
Value:
10
Age:
31

Studied in Nice, France thru CSA this past March. Had a wonderful time...great program. CSA registration process was easy, and I received my confirmation documents quickly. Teachers there were very helpful and understanding to all the new students. My host-family was French and very friendly. They fed me well, and I had a nice, private room with my own bathroom. They even took me out to places and showed me around Nice's tourist spots. Simply loved it !
Also, want to say that CSA helped me get my financial aid to help pay for most of the program costs. I hope to study in Spain this summer, and plan to use CSA again to attend a program in Barcelona. CSA does not do everything for you.....but they provide enough support. The staff there in Nice provided me with everything else I needed. Bonjour....Hola.....

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Posted: May 22, 2013
Overall:
7
Support:
5
Value:
10
Age:
22

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