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.
CSR China Education Award Top 100
25 Top 100 University Partners
2018 Winner - PIEoneer's Industry Award
145+ Accredited Program Options
Registered 501(c)3 Nonprofit Organization
Over 10,000 Alumni
Dr. Gregory D. Hess
President & CEO
VP for Strategy & New Business Initiatives
EVP & Chief Operating Officer
Dr. Michael Adewumi
EVP for Academic Programs & Provost
EVP for Marketing & Institutional Relations
Vice President & CFO
Carol A. Carmody
Director, Strategic Initiatives
AVP for International Marketing
Marketing Director, SAF China
Director, SAF China
Senior Associate Director, SAF China
Director, SAF Korea
Director, SAF Japan
Our International Offices
Beijing , Shanghai , Guangzhou
Kyoto , Tokyo
What We Do
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Programs We Offer
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.
Students just shy of normal language requirements have options with hybrid language and academic course combinations in both undergraduate and graduate 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.
Working in partnership with host university faculty, our students enjoy participation in a dedicated research effort during the academic session.
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.
Reach the world's top universities from anywhere including the comfort and safety of your home. Access for-credit and language-learning opportunities with SAF support and assistance.
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.
Australia & New Zealand
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.