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The SAF Concept

The Study Abroad Foundation believes that students who study abroad increase their international understanding and develop the intercultural skills needed to succeed in and contribute to their own societies and to the world. To expand such opportunities, in 2000, the Foundation became the first nonprofit to debut the American model of study abroad in Asia and continues to provide  unparalleled access and service to students seeking high-quality study abroad opportunities worldwide.

The SAF concept is based on the value of universities working together through our top-tier International University Network (IUN), through which we provide the relationships, tools and services universities need to effectively advance international education initiatives. Working in this way is relatively new to universities in Asia. As such, SAF specializes in developing and maintaining mutually beneficial relationships between premier Western and Eastern member universities.

Continually seeking growth, SAF and IES Abroad have recently announced the completion of a strategic merger designed to offer students from around the world the most academically and culturally enriching study abroad experiences available. With the merger, SAF and IES Abroad combined have more than 350 study and intern abroad programs across 20 countries offered under the highly esteemed IES Abroad, The Study Abroad Foundation (SAF), IES Internships and IES Customized Programs brands. Read more about it  here .

Last Updated: 1/9/19