Are you thinking about studying abroad? This life-changing experience opens a new world with exciting adventures where you can acquire new knowledge, new perspectives, and new friendships. Studying abroad not only provides you with a new way to see, feel, think or taste by exposing you to different cultures, but it also allows you to share your cultural perspectives with people from around the world. In this day and age where differences seem to be fostering conflict and division, studying abroad is one of the most effective ways to bring the world together. So go and explore the world! Here are a few study abroad organizations you can explore to get started:
Academic Programs International
Founded in 1977, Academic Programs International (API) offers experiential, internship and study abroad programs in nearly 50 cities in 22 countries in Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East, and the South Pacific. API offers international programs for high school students, college students and adult learners.
AFS Intercultural Programs
AFS was founded over 100+ years ago, and for the past few decades, they have offered international exchange programs for high school students in over 99 countries. Their education initiatives allow high school students and graduates from around the world to study at a high school in a new country, during an academic year, semester or trimester. AFS exchange programs allow students to make new friends, learn a new language, live with a global family and learn critical global skills.
With more than 50 years of experience. AIFS offers a wide range of study abroad programs, internships, and volunteer opportunities in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa, and the Americas. Most AIFS campuses offer courses for college students in English or in foreign languages from beginner to advanced levels. Approximately 50% of AIFS students receive scholarships and grants to study abroad.
CEA Study Abroad
Since 1997 CEA has offered study abroad and international internship programs for college students in Africa, Australia, Europe, and Latin America. CEA’s study abroad programs provide students with opportunities to earn credits toward graduation while gaining skills that enhance their employability. CEA offers scholarships, grants, and vouchers to support students who want to participate in their programs.
Since 1947, the Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has provided study abroad programs for international and U.S. students in Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe and Latin America. Currently, CIEE offers U.S. high school, internship, and work and travel programs for international secondary and university students, study abroad programs for U.S. college students, U.S. professional experiences for international adult learners and professionals, teach abroad programs for U.S. teachers, and several other academic and experiential learning opportunities across the world. With so many opportunities, CIEE is one of the most comprehensive study abroad organizations offering scholarships and grants for students from several different countries.
EF has offered language, travel, cultural, and academic exchange programs since 1965. Currently, EF language and cultural exchange programs are available in over 100 countries. These programs are designed for high school students, university students, and adult learners from different nationalities. Students can learn a new language at any of the EF language schools located in 50 popular cities, as well as online through EF English Live, one of the largest virtual English schools.
Founded in 1950, IES Abroad offers over 140 study abroad and internship programs around the world in Africa, Australia, Asia, Europe, and Latin America for college/university students. IES actively recruits students from underrepresented populations and provides more than $6 million in scholarships and financial aid.
SIT Study Abroad
School for International Training (SIT) offers immersive, field-based study abroad programs for undergraduate college students. SIT offers programs focused on critical global issues in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe, Latin America, and the Middle East, as well as comparative programs in multiple locations. SIT programs include semester and year-long research studies that range from climate change to inequality, geopolitics, global health, and more.
The Education Abroad Network
The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) provides study and internship abroad programs in the Asia Pacific Region. TEAN programs are specially designed for college students focused on several academic subjects, although gap year programs for high school graduates are also available. Scholarships and financial aid are offered for all programs.