Why Partner
With Us

Gain immediate access to a world of study abroad opportunities. Facilitate improved student outcomes. Connect with leading universities around the globe. There are so many reasons why universities work with the Study Abroad Foundation. 

500+ study abroad opportunities

Increase international student mobility with access to a wide range of opportunities for overseas coursework, research, and internship studies for students.

Premium access to Top 100 universities

Gain access to limited-seat programs and exclusive scholarship opportunities offered at SAF's Top 100 prestigious university partners.

Bespoke group programming options

Leverage SAF's access to a broad global university consortium and IES Abroad's 30+ global teachers centers for bespoke, academic study tour programming.

Professional development and networking

Continually improve with SAF's annual professional development, training, and networking opportunities geared to transferring good practice and institutional capacity building.

Access decades of study abroad experience

Access SAF's comprehensive administrative, marketing, and recruiting systems in local languages to compliment your own global university activities.

#1 student care commitment 

Minimize the risks associated with student mobility with SAF and IES Abroad's refined safety policies and crisis management procedures. 

Host Universities

Your effective and efficient recruitment partner

A pioneer in the field, SAF was among the first to realize the synergies of working collegiately to fully prepare and support short-term, visiting, non-degree students. Today, SAF offers sophisticated enrollment management services to dramatically reduce hosting institutions' time, costs, and efforts to recruit and enroll international students.

SAF Scholars Meet Qualifications, Exceed Expectations

As hosting institutions welcome international students, they’re fielding questions as to whether students can measure up to academic demands. SAF Scholars hail from top universities in Asia; our expert staff evaluate applicants to ensure they meet your specific requirements before being submitted to your university admissions. 

Promoting Your Programs

Institutions can’t always commit the resources they would like to promoting their visiting student programs abroad. With our global network of offices and dedicated program specialists, we work with you to identify existing programs to grow or opportunities for customized programs to improve our ability to recruit students for you.

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Mr. Grant Parsons California State University San Marcos

I am always impressed with SAF's in-depth advising of students before, during, and after their studies. We are pleased to continue strengthening our partnership with such a thorough, dedicated, and compassionate group.


Mr. Lewis Cardenas Michigan State University

I've been very impressed with how well we are received during our visits abroad, and how caring the staff has been in accommodating a busy travel schedule but making sure the goals of my visits are achieved. In addition, we are very impressed at the caliber of candidates coming from SAF. We look forward to continuing.

Ms. Jacqueline Prowse

Ms. Jacqueline Prowse Director, English Language Centre

SAF are effective in assisting students to find the educational opportunity that is right for each individual and then supporting them throughout the registration, visa, and travel process. They have sent 154 students to ELC to date. For the ELC, the staff at SAF are truly a delight to work with and we value our relationship.


Ms. Cathy Huber University of Minnesota 

The hundreds of SAF Scholars who have studied abroad at the University of Minnesota over the past 15+ years have truly enriched our campus. We appreciate that they have staff in both the US and abroad who serve as advisers and cultural liaisons for students, families, and partner institutions. 

Florence Plessis, Catholique L'Ouest

Ms. Florence Plessis Director, Centre International D'études Françaises

Working with SAF is very easy because they are very professional and they perfectly know the market and their job. The staff of SAF is very efficient, kind, supportive and attentive to the students and the partners. It's a real pleasure to work with SAF. Thank you for everything!

Ms. Stephanie Nixon

Ms. Stephanie Nixon International Programmes, University of Manchester

We have worked with SAF since 2015, and have been impressed with how well-prepared the students joining us through the Foundation have been. SAF staff have also always been helpful and responsive whenever we have contacted them.

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Home Universities

Send your students to over 80 universities and teaching centers in 18 different countries

The broadest range of programs

Our comprehensive program portfolio includes over 500 programs across thousands of disciplines in both the northern and southern hemisphere academic calendars.  

Accelerate your internationalization goals

Gain instant access to our prestigious network and annual professional development programs geared toward transferring good practice and institutional capacity building.

Bespoke Group Programming Options

Leverage SAF's access to a broad global university consortium and IES Abroad's 30+ global teachers centers for bespoke, academic study tour programming.

A reliable, nonprofit, US-based organization

SAF is part of IES Abroad, the largest 501(c)3 nonprofit study abroad organization in the United States. IES Abroad has served over 100,000 students since 1950.

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Xi’an Jiaotong-liverpool University, Kirsty Mattin

Ms. Kirsty Mattin Xi’an Jiaotong-liverpool University

The SAF network extends the study abroad options our students have and the quality of the programs is extremely high. The support SAF gives to students through the process and during their study abroad placements is first class and this combination of quality and support has led SAF to be the first choice among our students.

Southwest Dr Wang Yong

Dr. Wang Yong Southwest University

The project... brought to life what students have learnt from books, often leading to an epiphany. This program is the first international project of the School of History and Culture, which marks a significant milestone in the internationalization of the School. Thanks to SAF for its great support and excellent service!

Dr Zhang Jinlei

Dr. Zhang Jinlei Dalian Maritime University

We have cooperated with SAF for many years, so that our students have more opportunities to experience diverse cultures.

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Our Program Partners

SAF is committed to providing the highest quality programming possible. To do so, SAF works with partners who have extensive and established reputations in specialized fields.

IES Abroad


IES Abroad is the largest nonprofit study abroad organization in the United States. Offering 125+ programs in 19 countries and 33 cities, IES Abroad has served over 100,000 students since 1950.

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The Washington Semester Program


WSP provides internship placements in Washington, D.C., where US federal government offices and numerous global headquarters are located.

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IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led


With 30+ well-resourced global teaching centers and 50 years of experience in group study tour programming, IES Abroad's specialized department builds programs from the ground-up.

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Affiliations & Awards

The Study Abroad Foundation is part of IES Abroad, a nonprofit study abroad organization consistently recognized as a leader in the field. Together, our professional associations and awards demonstrate an ongoing commitment to quality and leadership in the field. 

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