GL Fest 2022

We invite you to join SAA for

Study Abroad Day and our Global Learning Fest
February 28 – March 4, 2022

Come celebrate study abroad and global learning with us! February 28 is International Study Abroad Day and we’ve decided to celebrate all week long, by combining it with our annual Global Learning Fest (GL Fest).

Join us as we virtually travel the world through live streaming events, learn about new trends in global education, and connect with colleagues and students around the world.

This year SAA is celebrating with a planned event each day of the GL Fest:

  • Live streaming sessions from around the world (open to anyone at your campus)
  • Professional development workshop (for faculty and IE staff)
  • Free access to our premium interactive 360 GLE™ (Global Learning Experiences*) content (open to anyone at your campus)
  • Demo of our new 360 Cultural Studies Course (for faculty and staff)
  • Win a prize** of $2,000 off our 360 GLE™ annual subscription – to be awarded from a drawing of anyone who completes a tour of our new Humanities in Italy mini-course (Rome, Tuscany, Venice)

We are excited to bring together students, IE professionals, and faculty, in support of SAA’s mission to make global education accessible to all!


Please Register for Free Below

*Interested in becoming a 360 GLE™ subscriber? Email Learn more here.

**No purchase is necessary in order to win.


Register above to be sent the links to the live sessions below!


Feb 28th

3:00 pm ET

Costa Rica

The Importance of the Costa Rican Tropical Rainforest

Learn about the relationships between the species that interact in the tropical moist forest and what this small country is doing to keep it protected. Costa Rica, while small (it is only 19,730 square miles – a bit smaller than West Virginia), hosts 5% of all the biodiversity on the planet. Hear how its geography and location produce the conditions that offer specific species 12 different ecosystems!

Faculty Dev Workshop

Faculty/Staff Development Workshop

Join our Expert Panel to explore Best Practices in Risk Mitigation for Study Abroad
to gain insight from leaders in the field covering tech and insurance. Our panel will include guests from LewerMark Student Insurance and Via Trm sharing the latest updates from their experiences in working with institutions on study abroad programs. You won’t want to miss it!


Rome, Italy

Ride with us through Rome on a typical Italian Vespa (scooter)! We’ll start at Janiculum Lookout Point and we’ll ride to St. Peter’s Basilica, making a few stops to learn about the Vatican and how Rome became the capital of Italy. We’ll visit Bramante’s Tempietto, Fontanone, Garibaldi Lookout Point, Castel St. Angelo, St. Peter’s Basilica… and more!

This was originally scheduled as a tour of Fes, Morocco, but due to expected inclement weather, we changed this to Rome. 

Cultural Studies

Explore SAA’s NEW Cultural Studies Course

Our new 48 contact-hour Cultural Studies course is designed for institutions to easily offer their campus an interactive and immersive virtual global learning experience. Using our 360 GLE™ content, this course is versatile and can easily match requirements for existing courses at your institution, with the option of being offered as a credit-bearing course as it includes a syllabus, learning objectives, and assessments. It’s also a great option for continuing education and study abroad offices!

Budapest Hungary

Food Tour of Budapest Market

Join our live walking tour of the largest and oldest market in Budapest, Hungary! Opened in 1896, the Central Market Hall is a favorite of tourists and locals alike for food shopping. We’ll stop by vendor booths to learn about Hungarian paprika, butchers and their products, greengrocers, pickles, Hungarian wines, and more!



Best Practices in Risk Mitigation for Study Abroad

Insight from Leaders in the Field covering Tech and Insurance


Join our Expert Panel to gain insight from leaders in the field covering tech and insurance! Our colleagues from LewerMark Student Insurance and Via Trm Traveler Relationship Management will share the latest updates from their experiences in working directly with institutions on study abroad programs over the last few months and share the best practices they’ve learned.

As COVID continues to impact study abroad, you’ll want to hear the most up-to-date details about travel health insurance and things to consider for your future programming. You’ll also learn about how other institutions are mitigating risk using best practices in technology.

Expert Panel:

        • Matt Lewer, Specialty Markets Director, LewerMark Student Insurance
        • Bob Specking, Account Executive, Via TRM

Be sure to register above to get access to all the links, updates, and events. 

Explore the World at Your Own Pace!


360 GLE™ (Global Learning Experiences)

During the GL Fest, we are excited to share our interactive 360 GLE™ with IE professionals, faculty, and students, so you can see how this innovative and interactive platform and content can assist with:

  • internationalizing the curriculum
  • developing global competency certificates and initiatives
  • recruitment for study abroad programs
  • bringing global education to those who cannot study abroad
  • and so much more!

Once you register above, we’ll send you the details on how to access the 360 GLE™ during the GL Fest, so you can explore some of our:

  • 1,800 global infused educational videos
  • 65 global locations
  • 9 countries
  • 150 multidisciplinary topics
  • 75 professional guest speakers
  • 10 hours of interactive 360 videos

Want to set up institution-specific live streaming sessions for your own Study Abroad Day or IEW events?

Browse our live global learning experiences here.

Contact us at for more information.

Event Sponsor

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