Who We Are

SAF facilitates student mobility between our invitation-only university consortium. 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 nonprofit organization founded in 1950.

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    2018 Winner - PIEoneer's Industry Award
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    23 Top 100 University Partners
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    2016 & 2017 Winner - GoAbroad.com Awards
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    145+ Accredited Program Options
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    Registered 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization
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    Over 10,000 Alumni

Our Leadership

Dr. Mary M. Dwyer

Dr. Mary M. Dwyer
President & CEO

Amber Mercier

Amber Mercier
VP for Strategy & New Business Initiatives

William Hoye

William Hoye
EVP & Chief Operating Officer

Dr. Michael Adewumi

Dr. Michael Adewumi
EVP for Academic Programs & Provost

Richard Bartecki

Richard Bartecki
EVP for Marketing & Institutional Relations

Bill Martens

Bill Martens
Vice President & CFO

Carol Carmody

Carol A. Carmody
Executive Director

Melissa Trahyn

Melissa Trahyn
Associate Director, Program Management

Joe Sevigny

Joe Sevigny
Senior AVP for Global Enrollment Management

Benjamin Mack

Benjamin Mack
AVP for International Marketing

Lifei Yang

Lifei Yang
Marketing Director, SAF China

Michael Zhao

Dr. Michael Zhao
VP for Academic Partner Development, SAF China

Zhao Ning

Zhao Ning
Director, SAF China

Tracey Tao

Tracey Tao
Senior Associate Director, SAF China

Henry Oh

Henry Oh
Director, SAF Korea

Brett Rumminger

Brett Rumminger
Director, SAF Japan

Our International Offices

China

China

Beijing , Shanghai , Guangzhou
Korea

Korea

Seoul
Japan

Japan

Kyoto , Tokyo
Indiana

Indiana

Indianapolis
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What We Do

The Study Abroad Foundation facilitates student mobility between our invitation-only international university consortium. 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. 
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Seek Consultation

You're invited to a personal consultation with our highly qualified Student Counselling Team where you'll have the opportunity to share your goals and passions. We'll tailor a custom study plan and give you practical steps to turn your dreams into reality.
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Fuss-free Application

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.
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Enjoy Overseas Support

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.

Programs We Offer

 
Academic Programs

Working across our university consortium, SAF enroll students in term-based undergraduate or graduate courses to be assessed on the same basis as degree-seeking students.

Concurrent Programs

Students just shy of normal language requirements have options with hybrid language and academic course combinations in both undergraduate and graduate programs.

Internship Programs

Working with a limited number of quality partners, SAF facilitates professional internship placements to enable students apply their learning in the real world. 

Language Standalone Programs

Students with any level of language proficiency can study abroad. SAF partners exclusively with university campus language centers to offer pure language courses designed to improve proficiency. 

Language Pathway Programs

Students aspiring toward a for-credit study abroad program who don't yet meet language requirements can take a language pathway program with SAF.

Research Programs

Working in partnership with host university faculty, our students enjoy participation in a dedicated research effort during the academic session. 

Summer Programs

Enroll in a summer session at an SAF partner university. Tailored specifically for international students, summer programs often include prearranged extra-curricular activities.

Academic Study Tour Programs

Offered primarily to our home university faculty, SAF facilitates student groups across IES Abroad locations and our university consortium for bespoke, faculty-led programs.

Explore these options in the following countries

CHINA JAPAN KOREA

Our Partners

The Study Abroad Foundation's invitation-only university consortium includes a range of hosting universities selected to maximize participating student access to the world's best academia across a broad range of discipline areas.

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Host Universities

US

United States

35Universities
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UK

United Kingdom

10Universities
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Europe

Europe

17Universities
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CA

Canada

4Universities
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Australia & New Zealand

Australia & New Zealand

3Universities
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asia

Asia

2Universities
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Home Universities

China

China

61 Universities
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Japan

Japan

28 Universities
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Korea

Korea

26 Universities
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Careers in SAF

Help students stand out with an overseas university experience

If you're interested in joining a mission-driven organization, you've come to the right place. SAF is part of IES Abroad, a registered nonprofit study abroad organization with an independent Board of Directors registered in the United States and incorporated under the laws of Illinois. Find more information about careers at IES Abroad, and US-based SAF career opportunities, at the IES Abroad Careers Page.

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