Who We Are

SAF facilitates student mobility between our international university partners. We provide students from China, Korea, and Japan with for-credit study abroad opportunities during semester, year-long, and summer terms across the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Europe, New Zealand, and Asia.

SAF is part of IES Abroad, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Chicago since 1950. IES Abroad offers over 140 study abroad and internship programs at teaching centers around the world for college/university students. The organization comprises study abroad programming, Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, IES Internships, and the Study Abroad Foundation (SAF).

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SAF at a Glance

Created in the scholarly traditions of our preeminent university partners, the Study Abroad Foundation supports students seeking the world's best study abroad opportunities to fulfill their dreams and realize their potential.

Study Abroad Programs

The SAF Difference

The Study Abroad Foundation facilitates student mobility between our international university partners. Students at participating universities have global access to the world's best experts in their academic specialization, and can truly tailor their studies to maximize international career and graduate admission opportunities. 

Unparalleled Access

We know your destination and host university inside and out

Total Support

We manage your housing, insurance, application - the entire adventure

24/7 Health & Safety Coverage

Our experts are available around-the-clock for support when you need it

In It For You

As a registered US not-for-profit, it's our mission that drives us

We've Seen It All

For over 70 years we have curated world-class study abroad experiences

Official Associations

Over 300 of the world's best universities trust our study abroad expertise

Our network of global offices affords students the opportunity for personal consultation with a highly qualified Student Counselling Team. We work directly with universities in Asia to achieve their internationalization goals. Share your goals and passions, and we'll match you with your dream study abroad opportunity.

We have helped thousands of students simplify the study abroad admissions process. We'll work together to optimize your resume and personal statements, strategize for test preparation, and streamline the administrative processes of visa applications, accommodations, class selections and more.

With our U.S.-based Program Management Team and 24-hour emergency assistance, our global support staff stand ready to assist in any crisis. Rest assured knowing you're covered by sophisticated comprehensive insurance and the backing of IES Abroad, the largest study abroad provider in the United States.

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Start Your Own Study Abroad Adventure

Ready to choose your study abroad program? Check out the program finder and browse all available programs.

Get Started With Your SAF Counselor

Interested in studying abroad with us? Schedule a call with us and we'll help you select a program.