SINCE 2009

Study Abroad Association has been committed to customizing the most in-depth and affordable study abroad and service learning experiences. All programs revolve around our values of education, authenticity, affordability, and sustainability.

The Association assists colleges and universities in reaching their international education goals through customizing the most affordable and academically sound study abroad programs and service learning trips to support student learning outcomes.

All of this is done with the intention of making study abroad more affordable and therefore more accessible to all students.

The SAA Difference.

Affordability

The foundation of the Study Abroad Association’s success lies in offering significantly more affordable programs than our competitors. Our top priority is to put programs within reach for a majority of travelers across the United States, providing all young adults the opportunity to embark on a trip of a lifetime. Long-standing collaborations with local suppliers guarantee our groups the best rates on accommodation, activities, and transportation. These connections allow us to provide tours at a rate even more affordable than if you were to travel independently.

Authenticity

The affordability of our programs does not mean that quality has been compromised in any way. In fact, it ensures their authenticity. We experience the local way and local life by utilizing public transportation, frequenting restaurants and markets where locals eat, and staying in places of accommodation which encourage a mingling of international and domestic travelers. Our native guides will steer you off the tourist beaten path and show you how to do as the locals do. We step out of the crowd and dive into the communities we visit.

Education

Whether traveling with an adventure group or taking a study abroad course, a study abroad trip is certain to further your knowledge and appreciation of the location you’re visiting. A mixture of cultural, historical, and smart travel education is incorporated in every program. We strive to increase global awareness and understanding through continually building connections across the globe.

24/7 Assistance

As experienced travelers and tour leaders, your local guides are prepared to address any questions or concerns 24/7. We realize that needs can arise at any point during a program and we are there for you every step of the way. We want to ensure your trip with us is an experience of a lifetime!

Freedom Of Choice

All of our programs are full of exciting group activities. However, if you wish to explore independently, there is plenty of free time to do so. We spend adequate time in each destination, ensuring you have the chance to build a connection and authentic taste of the community. Our supportive staff is always on hand to provide recommendations. It’s your trip-your way! Get out and explore!

Payment Installments

Large, lump sum program payments are inconvenient for most travelers. Therefore, we provide flexible payment options that work with your financial situation. Each program has staggered installment dates so that you pay fractions over time. If the payment schedule for a program proves difficult to follow, contact your program director to set up a customized payment plan.

Accommodation

Authentic, affordable accommodation options are utilized in every location. Our programs include top-rated hostels, family run hotels, sea-side lodges, host family stays and more. Every place of accommodation we use is clean, safe & well researched. Furthermore, we choose to stay in places that encourage our participants to meet other travelers from a variety of backgrounds. Our goal is to keep you coming back, and to do that, we provide a unique experience that exceeds your expectations.

Transportation

We live by the motto “when in Rome, do as the Romans do”!

Every program involves metros, trams, buses, boats, bicycles or any other means of transportation commonly used in the locale being explored. However, the long routes, infrequency of pick-ups and poor vehicle conditions of some public transit can make for an unpleasant journey. Therefore, when planning a trip, we keep the functionality of travel options top of mind. You can rest assured, knowing every tour is designed with your comfort in mind yet includes authentic ways of exploring your destination, guaranteed!

Private Room Upgrades

Whether you are traveling with a loved one, or just need more privacy, we’ve got you taken care of. We have excellent deals on private room upgrades, ensuring the privacy & comfort you prefer.

Small Groups

Our groups consist of travelers from across the United States and the globe seeking authentic, affordable and enriching experiences. Small, 10-15 participant, travel units allow for the development of lifelong friendships. More often than not, by the end of a trip, you will find your group has become a traveling family connected by endless memories and stories.

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

Director Jean Scheppers
Chair Communications and Study Abroad
College of Central Florida
scheppej@cf.edu

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

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

Dr. Erik Terdal
Biology Professor
Valencia College
eterdal@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. Jason Shaw
Biology Professor
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
jshaw@usao.edu

Dr. Rachel Jones
University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
rjones@usao.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

Hilde Votaw
Spanish Professor
Oklahoma City Community College
hilde.m.votaw@occc.edu