Learning & Development Outcomes

We make students active participants in their development.

CEA CAPA's Student Learning and Development Outcomes (SLDOs) help students create a deeper understanding of the future value of their experiences abroad. By achieving these outcomes, students are well-equipped to articulate what they have learned abroad to graduate schools and/or future employers.

CEA CAPA’s Student Learning and Development Outcomes are incorporated into all aspects of the CEA CAPA experience: the classroom and coursework, experiential activities such as internships and field studies, and other program details such as housing and navigating the city.

Critical Thinking & Intellectual Curiosity 

Students learn to productively interrogate assumptions, to approach their experience with a spirit of curiosity, and to be open to different interpretations of what they are learning and observing around them. 

Content in Context  

Students are able to draw connections between the academic content of their experience and their context. They are able to situate their learning within local, regional, national, and global contexts, and connect them to one another.  

Navigating Differences 

Students learn to better identify, understand, and navigate social, economic, racial, ethnic, religious, and other differences—and similaritiesbetween their home and host contexts, and within their student cohort. In all of these areas, students are able to make skillful and nuanced comparisons and contrasts. 

Power & Equity  

Students are able to identify and analyze power structures within their host contexts and the ways power is used across national boundaries. Comparing and contrasting with the U.S. context, they are able to form complex arguments around the principles of justice and equity, identifying dominant and marginalized groups, and better understand how power impacts people within the host society and globally. 

Career and Professional Development 

Students develop skills and competencies that prepare them for professional advancement in a globally interdependent and diverse world. They learn to navigate, reflect upon, and articulate their experience abroad in a manner that fosters career readiness and positively shapes their future professional opportunities.


Sustainability & Migration 

Students examine and engage their host context through the lens of sustainability. They consider factors shaping urban and rural spaces, how relationships with the environment contribute to national and regional discourses, and the impacts of their own actions. Through a sustainability lens, students discern elements of mobility and migration in their host context, identifying how these elements impact economics, politics, culture, and society on local and national levels.