YOUR PROGRAM,
YOUR WAY!

All of our study abroad programs are 100% customized. Whether you are teaching British Literature in London, Tropical Ecology in Costa Rica or World Religions in India, we can create an authentic and affordable program for you.

Study Abroad Association will take care of the logistics, ensuring your students are receiving the best value while abroad and allowing you more time for preparing your course. We make the process 100% stress-free.

PROFESSOR
BENEFITS

  • Complimentary Program: including roundtrip airfare & private rooming
  • Discounted Program: provided to a travel companion of your choice
  • Full-Time Assistance: From the moment the trip agreement is established, until the completion of the program, the lead professor will have full time assistance from a program director.
  • Orientation Meeting: In-depth Itinerary Review, Packing Demonstrations, Smart Travel Tips, Q & A, Group Ice Breakers
  • Airfare Bookings
  • Assistance Obtaining Optimal Traveler’s Insurance
  • Smart Travel Lessons: public transit utilization (trams, buses, subways, boats, trains, taxis, etc.)
  • Program Documentation: video, photo & testimonials
  • Language Lessons
  • We guarantee the most authentic & professional programs, for the most competitive price on the market.

NEW IDEAS?

We love to create new tours. Send us your course syllabus and we will bring your class to life with the most competitively priced program on the market.

Contact us to 100% customize your program.

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WHAT PROFESSORS ARE SAYING

  • This trip avoids all the issues that companies such as EF Tours have: bad accommodations, wasted time on the tour bus, trying to do too much in too short a time. With Oklahoma study Abroad, all these aspects were very well managed. I’d recommend this trip as a fantastic time and a super value.

    Dr. Brian Cowlishaw NSU London & Oxford Study Abroad 2013
  • I have been very pleased with the level of attention that Oklahoma Study Abroad has given to ensure that my group of travelers has a great trip. Christian selects imminently experienced tour guides who immerse us as fully into the culture as possible. A number of repeat travelers confirm that they are satisfied with travels. As a college professor, I’m keen to facilitate a total engagement in the art and culture we are visiting. Oklahoma Study Abroad makes this possible to provide my travelers with a truly authentic experience in international travel.

    Todd Parker Assistant Professor Department of Art, Communication & Theatre - Southwestern Oklahoma State University
  • The Study Abroad Association, headed by Christian Alyea, provides fantastic, authentic travel abroad. I've taken two London/Oxford trips and one trip through India with them. The company insists upon lodging travelers right at the heart of the places we visit, then makes sure everyone knows how to get around on their own as well. We live more like locals than like tourists, and this lets us see and experience everything our destinations offer. SAA also finds the very best local guides, who help us find and understand everything even in a short visit. And somehow, all this is kept very affordable! Traveling with the Study Abroad Association is *the* way to see the world as a student or professor!

    Dr. Brian Cowlishaw Associate Professor English - Northeastern State University
  • Christian is extremely pleasant to work with and has always been more than willing to customize the itinerary to suit our needs. He understands that our students typically don't have a lot of means to travel, and he works hard to find budget options for lodging and transportation so that the overall trip cost is kept as low as possible. I recommend student travel with Study Abroad Association.

    Professor Abra Figueroa OCCC Costa Rica Study Abroad 2013
  • Choosing to travel with the Study Abroad Association has been a great decision. Since working with this organization, enrollment in our Study Abroad program has increased substantially. Students enjoy the “feet on the ground” approach, which improves cultural immersion and understanding. Prompt communication, steadfast preparedness, and unlimited enthusiasm make me confident in this company.

    Brenda Gabioud Brown, Ph.D. Professor of English University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma
  • For many of the younger students, the journey was an entirely new experience: Some have never been out of the USA. I am sure the trip opened their eyes and challenged their own self-images. In at least one case, I know the visit was a life-changing experience: The young women returned to Oklahoma as a different person, much more open and self-confident.

    Professor Steven Kamm OCCC Ireland Study Abroad 2014
  • The trip was wildly successful. It exceeded my expectations, and, based on my students' journals, it far exceeded their expectations. The private rooms were better than four-star rooms in London and Paris. The students loved hostel life, meeting and hanging out with other college students from all over the world.

    Professor Christian Morgan SSC Central Europe Study Abroad 2013

FAQ

CAN I BRING SOMEONE TO TRAVEL WITH?

Of course! In fact, the Study Abroad Association provides a discounted program to a travel companion of your choice. It is very common for professors to bring family on their programs. However, check with your institution for any policies they may have in regards to this.

WHEN SHOULD I START PROGRAM PROMOTION?

It is always best to start promotion early so students have plenty of time to plan and save for the program. Typically professors will begin promoting programs twelve to nine months prior to departure.

ARE EDUCATIONAL CONTACT HOURS SATISFIED?

Ensuring the course meets your objectives and necessary contact hours is our priority. Each program will be customized to satisfy these requirements. Typically, professors will divide contact hours by offering pre-trip lessons, lessons while abroad, and post-trip lessons. Every program allows adequate time & locations for lessons to be held and include many hours of field study.

DO YOU HAVE SAMPLE SYLLABI FOR SHORT-TERM STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS?

Yes, please contact us requesting a sample syllabus and we will provide you a few samples for guidance to create your own syllabus.

HOW MANY STUDENTS OR PARTICIPANTS ARE NEEDED?

For a complimentary program to be provided a group of at least 10 must be established.

ARE MY TRAVEL EXPENSES COVERED?

Yes, study abroad is not possible without professors to lead these enriching programs. We feel that providing this experience to students should earn every professor a complimentary trip. Roundtrip airfare, on-ground program and private rooming are all taken care of with a minimum of ten student participants.

WHAT ARE THE STEPS FOR MAKING A STUDY ABROAD PROGRAM?
  1. Contact the Study Abroad Association to inform us of your interest.
  2. Work with your Study Abroad Association Representative to decide potential locations, dates and course topics.
  3. Review and make necessary adjustments to the sample itinerary provided by your SAA Representative. Finalize the itinerary.
  4. Complete the SAA Affiliation Agreement
  5. Stay in contact with the head of your department or your dean to ensure you are meeting your institution’s requirements for a faculty-led study abroad program.
  6. Establish dates for program payments and orientation meetings.
  7. Begin program promotion (Trip fliers & posters can be designed for you.)
  8. Orientation Meeting – Students sign trip waivers
  9. Depart for your destination!
WHAT ARE THE PROFESSOR’S RESPONSIBILITIES WHILE ABROAD?

The professor’s responsibilities while abroad are to teach their course and enjoy the trip. You can rest easy, knowing that your students are in the hands of professional, experienced staff. Between your arrival and departure at the airport, we will take care of the corralling, the wake up calls, transfers between locations, meal reservations, guided tours, safety precautions, etc. This freedom allows you to focus on the educational aspect of your program. In-depth orientation meetings and on-ground program briefings will be provided, ensuring students are aware of guidelines and smart travel practices applicable to the city/country they are visiting.

10 STEPS TO INCREASE
STUDY ABROAD PARTICIPATION

1. Plan Ahead & Start Early

Program selection and promotion should ideally be finalized a year to a year and half in advance. For example, if you want to offer programs in the Spring and Summer of 2018, it is recommended that program planning be completed during the spring and summer of 2017.

Starting early provides students the opportunity to save for their adventure abroad. As you all know, most students live on a very tight budget so they can’t afford to invest quickly in a study abroad trip. Also, if they are able to break down the cost over several months, the price can be far less ominous. Saving $140.00 a month over 10 months suddenly makes paying for a $1,400 trip seem possible.

Furthermore, planning this far in advance provides leeway for any unexpected hiccups that may occur. Such as getting the program approved at your institution, ensuring contact hours are being satisfied and making early reservations for accommodation and airfare.

2. Study Abroad Fair

Study abroad fairs are a great way to spread awareness of study abroad opportunities across your campus.  Many schools offer a fair during the fall semester and spring semester. The fall semester brings awareness to spring and summer programs, and the spring semester brings awareness to the summer, winter break and spring break programs for the following year.

Students who went abroad the year before can share their stories and photos from their trip. Additionally, faculty can share their experiences.  If you have international students on your campus invite them to get involved as a multicultural fair. Students are able to come to one location and receive information on all of the trips being offered as well as ask questions.

3. Study Abroad Table

It’s highly recommended to set up a study abroad table in the student union, or other high traffic areas, to increase awareness of study abroad trips. The table can have handouts, trip details and directions on where to receive more information.

4. Campus Wide Email

If possible, send a campus-wide email at the beginning of the fall semester with all of the study abroad trip information. Additionally, send the email at the beginning of the spring semester, so the new enrollees will be aware and have the opportunity to participate. Often students are coming to and from classes without spending much time on the campus. The campus-wide email ensures that every student is aware of the opportunities your institution is offering.

5. Organize a Faculty Development

The faculty development is for professors who are interested in learning more about Faculty-Led study abroad trips and the process of organizing them.  This is a great opportunity to bring professors together and discuss programs. This helps to provide diversity with destinations and educational focuses. Additionally, this increases participation among the faculty, ensuring there are plenty of programs being offered.

6. Scholarships – Fund Raising

One of the most frequently asked questions, is if there are scholarships, or financial aid available for study abroad trips. Many schools will offer an annual “study abroad scholarship” for deserving students to apply for. You can speak to your institution’s’ foundation and see if this would be a possibility. If this isn’t possible at your school, there are other ways to raise funds for the study abroad trips. In the past, we have had professors and students who were going to France make and sell Crêpes in the student union. Additionally, for an art trip to Italy, students were selling their drawings and paintings, as well as providing window art to local businesses. Students also took commissions for artwork to be created during or after their trip of the locations they were visiting. Schools can use a fund raising service similar to  www.fundmytravel.com

7. Study Abroad Courses That Students Need

If you offer courses with your study abroad trips that a larger percentage of students need, students are more likely to take advantage of the opportunity. Many colleges will focus on general ed courses that students must take and customize trips around these courses.

8. Marketing

Publicize the study abroad programs in as many locations as possible. Create a study abroad page on the college’s website with detailed information: program dates, prices, itineraries, contact information, FAQ’s,etc. Place eye-catching posters around the campus  with the different study abroad trips. If your campus has television monitors around the campus, feature the trip posters and information on the monitors. The more awareness that is brought to the study abroad opportunities, the more likely there will be a significant number of participants.

9. Regular Informational Meetings

Schedule regular informational meetings throughout the semester to build excitement for the trips. These short meetings should cover basic study abroad trip information and include a Q&A session. Additionally, the meetings can be offered as webinars, so interested students can attend without actually having to be on campus.

10. Affordable Programs

Affordability is key. Offer programs that are financially within reach for a larger percentage of the student body. Often, students will decide which study abroad trip to go on based solely on the price.  Affordable and authentic programs can be organized across the globe.