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Why SAF?

Quality and Access

SAF programs provide access to prestigious, high-ranked universities that welcome and serve visiting study abroad students.  Many SAF host universities provide a tuition benefit or reduction to students who choose to study abroad through SAF and at some host universities it only possible to be a visiting non-degree student through a sponsoring organization such as SAF.

Programmatic Variety

SAF operates study abroad programs with over fifty universities in North America, Europe, Australasia and Asia.  Students may also choose to add a summer session at UCLA.  SAF offers integrated study abroad opportunities, language institute enrollment and academic internships.   In recognition of the differences between the academic calendars of home and host universities, SAF also offers alternative start or entry dates giving participants a great deal of flexibility in the formation of their study abroad program.

Integrated Study Experiences

SAF programs allow students to fully enroll at a host university and to take classes with the university’s regular students. SAF students are entitled to all benefits of their host university including on-campus housing and other facilities, university clubs, organizations and societies etc. and to participate in university sports events.

Language Programs

There are many highly qualified students who wish to study abroad but lack sufficient language proficiency.  To accommodate such students many SAF host universities offer intensive language acquisition programs.  In addition to full-time enrollment in an intensive language institute, SAF can also offer
  • Concurrent Enrollment:  students are enrolled in language courses and integrated university courses simultaneously
  • Bridge Programs:  providing an automatic progression route from language institute to integrated study
  • Pre-sessional Courses:  a topping-up course of typically one semester that allows students with nearly sufficient language proficiency scores to quickly improve their language skills before enrollment in integrated courses.

International Career Development Programs (ICDP)

Professionally-oriented work experience has become increasingly necessary to any competitive résumé or CV and, through our new ICDP opportunities, SAF is bringing to Asia universities and their students what has long been an international education staple in the US.  IIE recently reported that 19% of American students who study abroad are undertaking some form of career related programming.  Through SAF, students have access to three distinct types of ICDPs:  (1) Academic Internships, (2) Pre-Professional Work Experience, and (3) a Summer Program in International Career Development (London).

Customized Programs

SAF works with some member universities to design and manage study abroad programs for groups of students . Typically such groups comprise of students enrolled in a department, faculty or college where a period of study abroad is required or strongly encouraged. SAF is able to customize a range of host university options and to provide dedicated staff to manage such programs, if necessary on the campus of the home university. SAF’s recent experience is that university requirements vary considerably and that many different types of response are necessary.

Credit Transfer

SAF works closely with students and their home universities so that all parties are fully apprised on course availability and/or enrollment constraints. SAF ensures that whenever possible academic credit earned abroad receives appropriate transfer credit from a student's home university. At the completion of the SAF program, original, official host university transcripts are forwarded by SAF to the appropriate official at students’ home university.

Localized Services

SAF programs and services are designed to take the complexity and worry out of study abroad. Most importantly, SAF staff in Japan, Korea, Mainland China and Taiwan understand the cultural and academic background of students and communicate with them and their parents in their own language.  This ensures that students fully understand the nature of the experience they plan as well as SAF policies and procedures and students rights and obligations..

Knowledgeable Counselors

All SAF advising staff have studied abroad and are the backbone of SAF pre-departure student services. Each counselor has comprehensive knowledge of all SAF host universities. They serve as the main resource for students, parents and home university official’s.  Students are not required to make any payments to SAF during the process of initial inquiry and counseling.

Local Support Staff

SAF maintains a local presence in each country where we operate programs. Our on-site staff are enthusiastic, knowledgeable professionals who help students adjust to the academic and cultural differences of their host countries and provide emergency assistance when needed.


Housing when classes are in session. In most instances, SAF participants are guaranteed on-campus accommodation.  In large cities such as London where student housing is limited, our students will either reside on-campus or in self-catering apartments secured and monitored by SAF.

Arrangements for Students with Disabilities

SAF will investigate university and housing options for students with physical or learning disabilities. Arrangements are not possible at every host university, but our staff will find a good match for students with disabilities or special needs.

Last Updated: 1/9/19