SINCE 2009

Since 2009, Study Abroad Association has been committed to customizing the most in-depth and affordable short-term, faculty-led study abroad and service learning experiences. All programs revolve around our values of Education, Authenticity, Sustainability and Affordability.

SAA is a collaborative effort between colleges and universities across the United States dedicated to increasing study abroad participation among students and faculty on their campuses. We’re currently working with over 103 institutions across the United States with enrollment sizes ranging from 1,000 to over 90,000 students.

The SAA Difference.

100% Customized Programs

Every SAA program is crafted from scratch to achieve the goals of the professors and institutions we’re working with. An SAA assigned program manager will work hand in hand with the trip chaperone until the itinerary full reflects the course syllabus that the professor envisions.

Most Competitive Prices

We understand that affordability is absolutely essential to ensure that more students have access to travel opportunities. Our goal is to make sure that each program provides the absolute best value without sacrificing quality or authenticity. Long-standing collaborations with local suppliers guarantee our groups the best rates on accommodation, activities, guides and transportation.

Outstanding Flexibility and Customer Service

Our goal is to make sure that your program is absolutely perfect. We achieve this by providing thorough communication throughout the entire process, with one-on-one meetings, flexibility with modifications, and complete transparency while customizing your program. We are here for you at all times to ensure this is an easy, stress-free, life-enriching experience.

Fixed Quotes, Prices Never Change

Transparency is key with all of our program prices. There are no hidden fees. From our initial quote, the agreed program price will remain the same. On top of that, we provide payment installments, allowing schools and students more flexibility.

Local Authentic Experiences

Our passion is to ensure that all our customers have truly authentic life-enriching experiences.

By collaborating with local farmers, artisans, and educators, we enable all our travelers to have unique experiences while supporting local economies. Whether it’s a visit to a local wine manufacturer, an organic ice cream maker, or a Peruvian textile weaving family, we strive to understand how locals live and how we can learn valuable lessons from them while supporting them to sustain their traditions.

Private Tours

Since every program is 100% customized, it’s essential that you travel with only your group. You will have a full-time group leader dedicated to ensuring your program runs smoothly exactly as you planned without being compromised by other groups’ itineraries and schedules.

Full Coverage Travelers Insurance

Safety is our number one priority. To ensure our travelers are completely protected throughout the program, we include an all inclusive travelers insurance policy. We are working with top specialists in the industry to ensure that every single aspect of our programs comply to our safety, risk management, and emergency protocols.

No Tips, No Commission Policy

We make sure to allocate appropriate and abundant payments to all of our suppliers, collaborators and tour guides. Hence, you won’t be facing uncomfortable “tipping situations” to which you are unsure how to best proceed. This not only avoids confusion, but also ensures that quality is not compromised.

Sustainability and Social Impact

“Leave the world a better place than how you found it” is not just a saying for us, but a commitment. We believe and embrace this concept with all our programs, ensuring to visit local communities and projects in need, as well as to establish long lasting relationships and positive impact with everyone we collaborate with along the way. SAA’s Sustainable Six philosophy ensures that we improve the world through travel and leave the destination we are visiting in a better condition than before.

  1. Offset carbon emissions by reforestation projects around the world.
  2. Work with local guides from the countries we are visiting.
  3. Use local transportation in the countries we are visiting.
  4. Stay in locally owned hostels, hotels, eco-lodges and home stays.
  5. Support a local project or NGO domestically.
  6. Complete a service project abroad in the countries we are visiting.

Centrally Located Lodging & Private Rooming

To experience the local life it’s essential to be based in the heart of the location you’re visiting. All of our places of accommodation are centrally located, allowing travelers ease with travel by foot or public transportation. This provides the possibility of having an authentic experience just a few steps from your door without excessive commute times.

Every chaperone will have their own private room. Each traveler will have their own bed in a room of the same gender and same program. Students will never have to share a bed with a fellow traveler. Your comfort is our priority.

AFFILIATE INSTITUTIONS
& CONSORTIUMS

Bergen Community College
Brookhaven Community College
Cedar Valley College
College of Central Florida
Community College of Morris
Community College of Philadelphia
Connors State College
Dallas County Community College District
Eastfield College
El Centro College
Flagler College
Florida Consortium International Education
Florida Eastern College
Florida Gulf Coast University
Florida International University
Florida Keys Community College
Florida – Seminole State College
Florida Southwestern State College
Florida State College Jacksonville
Georgian Court University
Harrisburg Area Community College
Hawaii Community College
Hillsborough Community College
Hudson Valley Art Association
Huston Tillotson University
Indian River State College
Mercer County Community College
Methodist University
Miami Dade College
Middlesex County College
Mountain View College
Murray State College
North Lake College
Northeastern State University
Northampton Community College
Northern Oklahoma College
Northwest Arkansas Community college
Oklahoma City Community College
Oklahoma State University
Pensacola State College
Polk State College
Raritan Valley Community College
Redlands Community College
Richland College
Rogers State University
Rose State College
Seminole State College Oklahoma
Seton Hall University
Southwest Texas Junior College
Southwestern Oklahoma State University
St. Johns River State College
Tulsa Community College
University of Central Oklahoma
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
University of West Georgia
Valencia College
Warner University

REFERENCES

Director Robyn Brighton
Service Learning and Study Abroad
Valencia College
rbrighton1@valenciacollege.edu

Director Stephanie Goad
International Programs
Northeastern State University
goads@nsuok.edu

Dean Michelle Foster
Dean Academic Affairs
Valencia College
mrfoster@valenciacollege.edu

Dr. Amanda Smith
English Professor
Southwestern Oklahoma State University

Dr. Brian Cowlishaw
English Professor
Northeastern State University
cowlishb@nsuok.edu

Dr. Sam Magrill
Music Professor
University of Central Oklahoma
smagrill@uco.edu

Dr. Leah Oxenford
Biology Professor
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
loxenford@usao.edu

James Adkins
Art and Humanities Professor
Community College of Morris
jadkins@ccm.edu

Nathan Carpenter
Director of Center for Global Education & International Services
Northampton Community College
ncarpenter@northampton.edu

Rayshell Clapper
Literature Professor
Diablo Valley College
rclapper@dvc.edu

Lindi Kourtellis
Interim Study Abroad Director
Valencia College
lkourtellis@valenciacollege.edu

Carol Reyes
Director of Global Student Programs
Miami Dade College
creyes7@mdc.edu

Jeremy L. Youmans
Director of International Programs
Northwest Arkansas Community College
studyabroad@nwacc.edu

Glenda Pope
Study Abroad Coordinator
Sandhills Community College
popeg@sandhills.edu