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SAF to Sponsor Global Internship Conference

SAF is pleased to invite our member universities to Singapore for the 2013 Global Internship Conference (GIC): June 11-13, 2013.

Host Partner: Singapore National University

The GIC seeks to bring together all parties involved in the growing field of academic work placement, academic internships and experiential education. In June 2012 at the University of California, Berkeley (UC Berkeley), conference participants debated wide-ranging issues such as best practices, diversity, paid vs. unpaid placements, and government policies. It was a lively and stimulating event.

The next GIC will take place in Singapore at the Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel, located on the banks of the Singapore River. The conference will revisit some of these most pressing and longstanding topics of the internship field, as well as exploring a variety of new issues that attendees bring to the ever-changing agenda. The conference theme; North, South, East and West: Internships at a Crossroad; will ensure a focus on how universities and partners in Asia are bringing fresh and exciting new ideas to the world of internships. Universities and partners in North America and Europe will bring more established practices for consideration and comparison.

SAF is pleased to sponsor the GIC with the Academic Internship Council (AIC), UC Berkeley, National University of Singapore, and Michigan State University. 

Please join us at the 2013 Global Internship Conference in Singapore, June 11-13, 2013! To register for the conference, simply visit GIC and click "Register" in the top right corner.

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SAF Annual Staff Conference, Tokyo, January 12-14, 2013

SAF opened 2013 with four professional development activities, held in three different countries; China, Korea and Japan.

Prior to the International Advisory Council (IAC) Japan Chapter Meeting, SAF staff took advantage of having so many staff members together in one place by holding the SAF Annual Staff Conference. Twenty-four staff members in total attended the meeting, including 4 from SAF HQ, 3 from SAF China, 2 from SAF Taiwan, 12 from SAF Japan, and 3 from SAF Korea.

On Saturday, January 12, SAF Japan kicked off the SAF Annual Staff Conference by hosting dinner. On Sunday, January 13, the meeting officially commenced with introductions and a welcome conducted by John Belcher, SAF President and Co-CEO. Sessions during the first day covered topics of development plans, SAF Country Reports and Plans, improving quality, and an overview of student counseling. The first day of the meeting ended with a dinner hosted by SAF.

The meeting continued on Monday, January 13, with sessions encompassing topics of program development, administration affairs, student accounts & invoices, and ICDPs (International Career Development Programs). The SAF Annual Staff Conference was adjourned after an Open Forum and Conference Round-up led by Henry Oh, SAF Korea Director.

London PDP, September 8-12, 2012

SAF, with support from The British Council, was pleased to host a Professional Development Program (PDP) in London September 8-12, 2012.  Twenty seven international educators, academics and SAF staff from China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea had the opportunity to visit the British Council; Queen Mary, University of London; University College London; Central Saint Martins College of Art and Design, University of the Arts London; and The Foundation for International Education (FIE).  The PDP also included a tour of central London by Sean Simpson, a London Blue Badge Tour Guide.  Member universities interested in participating on the next SAF PDP should be in contact with the SAF Country Office staff in Asia. 

London PDP 2012_QM

 EAIE Conference, Dublin, September 12-14, 2012

Following the London PDP, Prof. John Belcher, SAF President and Co-CEO; Brett Rumminger, Director, SAF Japan and Henry Oh, Director, SAF Korea will attend the European Association for International Education (EAIE) Conference: Rethinking Education Reshaping Economies in Dublin, September 12-14.  If you would like to schedule a meeting with Prof. Belcher, Brett Rumminger or Henry Oh during EAIE, please send your inquiry to:

SAF Annual Reception at NAFSA Conference, May 2012

SAF hosted its annual international university network reception at the NAFSA National Conference held in Houston, Texas, May 27-June 1, 2012.  Dr. Steven L. Klineberg, Professor of Sociology and Co-Director of the Kinder Institute for Urban Research at Rice University, welcomed guests with an enlightening discussion of the sweeping demographic changes that have taken place in Harris County, Texas over the past three decades.  We are grateful to Dr. Klineberg for providing SAF partners with a unique prospective of a modern, evolving, diverse Houston that visitors to the city likely overlook.

SAF Staff Professional Development – Annual Staff Meeting January 14-16, 2012

18 members of the SAF staff gathered in Seoul for three days of professional development workshops.  This annual event rotates between the various SAF Country Offices and we are grateful to the SAF Korea Director, Henry Oh, and his dedicated staff for all their efforts in making this year’s meeting a resounding success.  John Belcher, SAF President and Co-CEO, opened the meetings with reflections on the progress of the Foundation in 2011 and set the stage for subsequent discussions on how SAF can improve our programs and services by embracing new technologies such as our new online application and the use of social media to more effectively communicate with participants.  The highlight of the meetings was visits to the SAF Member Universities of Pohang University of Science and Technology (POSTECH), including a tour of the Pohang Accelerator Laboratory, and Kyoungbuk National University.

With Postech Staff

Drexel University in Philadelphia joins the SAF International University Network, January 2012. 

Founded in 1891, Drexel is a top-ranked, comprehensive university recognized for its focus on experiential learning and a commitment to cutting-edge academic technology. With more than 23,500 students, Drexel is the 14th largest private university in the U.S.  Drexel is also the School of Record (SOR) of the Foundation for International Education (FIE) the London-based organization offering International Career Development Programs in London with SAF.  It is SAF's great pleasure to begin our cooperation with Drexel.

SAF Academic Internship Program Seminar at NAFSA 2011

International academic internships are extremely popular with North American study abroad participants but the concept is not yet well-developed in Asia.  Academic internships are unique because they are not merely work experiences, rather they are study abroad programs that combine serious academic content delivered in a classroom setting with planned, supervised, pre-professional work experience.  In most cases, SAF academic internship programs are designed to be credit-bearing. 

SAF is pleased to offer the following internship programs:

  • SAF-FIE Internships in London, England, UK (semester and quarter)
  • University of Edinburgh, Parliamentary Internship Program, Scotland, UK (semester)
  • Washington Semester Program, American University, Washington, D.C., USA (semester or academic year)

During the Exploring Academic Internship Programs seminar, Prof. John Belcher, President and Co-CEO of SAF, will introduce the various internship opportunities SAF currently offers and will also provide details of internship programs under development.  Erika Richards, Associate Vice President of The Foundation in International Exchange (FIE), will introduce FIE’s internship program in London and will provide details on the Intercultural Communication course FIE created specifically for SAF to accommodate the needs of non-native English-speakers moving into a British work environment.  Shaina Katz, Assistant Director, Washington Semester Program (WSP) at American University will similarly introduce WSP established 50 years ago and provide insight on international student success at WSP over the past 5 decades.

We hope that you will join us for the Exploring Academic Internship Programs seminar and we hope this is just the beginning of discussion and development of quality academic internship opportunities. 

To reserve your seat at the seminar please email your intent to attend to

  • Location:  Boardroom, The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 West Georgia Street
  • Date:  Tuesday, May 31, 2011
  • Time:  15:00-16:30

SAF Professional Development Program (PDP) May 2011

SAF is committed to ensuring that international educators from our member universities in Asia have the opportunity to learn first-hand about the host universities their students attend.  For the past four years SAF has sponsored visits to host member universities prior to the NAFSA National Conference in North America.  This May 2011 we are pleased to provide a PDP program in cooperation with the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) and San Francisco State University (SFSU). 

SAF Member Universities interested in attending should contact their SAF Country Office (M. China, Taiwan, Japan, Korea ) to register.   Click here for complete details on the SAF PDP May 2011.


SAF Professional Development Program: USA Host University Visit Program 2010 (5/2010)

Every year SAF sponsors a University Visit Program as part of its Professional Development Program (PDP) for our member universities in Asia which includes site visits to selected SAF host universities. This visit program is offered as part of our commitment to professional development in international education and the continued refinement of the SAF University Network.  

Participants from Mainland China, Taiwan, Japan and Korea will enjoy opportunities to discuss issues concerning undergraduate student mobility, transfer credit and related issues with their American international education colleagues.  The SAF PDP will take place May 26-30, 2010 in advance of the NAFSA National Conference in Kansas City. This year we will visit the University of Washington (ISAYA Institute), Colorado State University and the University of Colorado at Boulder.  We anticipate 30-35 international educators from our member universities in Asia to attend. Pervious University Visit Programs have focused on other regions of the USA, the UK and Ireland.

SAF President John Belcher speaks at the China Service Center for Scholarly Exchanges Chinese International Education Forum (3/2010)

On March 12, 2010 in Beijing SAF President, John Belcher, spoke with a panel of experts on international education at the Chinese International Education Forum. Prof. Belcher discussed internationalization developments across Asia including the impact of the SAF's multilateral mobility model in the region.  

Annual SAF Staff Meeting, Shanghai, China (1/2010)

Each year in January the SAF holds an annual staff meeting in Asia.  The 2010 meeting was held in Shanghai, January 15-18, 2010 with 18 SAF staff members in attendance.  We discussed progress made in 2009 as well as future develops including the expansion of program options in continental Europe, the development of internship programs and enhanced student services.  The highlight of the meeting was a traditional Chinese New Year celebration that allowed staff from all SAF offices to meet with representatives of our member universities in China and local dignitaries.

New SAF Host Universities (1/2010)

SAF is pleased announce that the following universities recently joined the SAF International University Network:

State University of New York, Buffalo (USA)
University College London (UK)
University of California Los Angeles (USA)
University of New South Wales (Australia)
University of Washington, ISAYA (USA)
Victoria University of Wellington (New Zealand)
University of Washington, ISAYA Institute


The Jackson School of International Studies and University of Washington's International and English Language Programs (IELP) have partnered to launch the International Studies Academic Year Abroad (ISAYA) Institute.  Through ISAYA, intermediate to advanced English language learners have an opportunity to enroll in regularly offered undergraduate courses of the Jackson School as well as English language courses offered by IELP that focus on two important global issues - Global Sustainability or International Economies.  This kind of concurrent enrollment program (i.e. part-time enrollment in regularly offered courses of the host university and part-time enrollment in advanced English language classes) is a study abroad model will be popular with SAF participants.

A True Liberal Arts Education (10/2009)

Three Chinese undergraduates document their positive experience attending small liberal arts colleges in the US in a new book released by Chinese Publishing Group, A True Liberal Arts Education. An article in Inside Higher Education provides interesting interviews with the authors and an introduction in Chinese. SAF is fortunate to cooperate with some of the most prestigious liberal arts colleges in the US including Middlebury College, Mount Holyoke College, and Smith College.

SAF Reception Held at the Residence of the British Ambassador to Korea (10/2009)

Mr. Martin Uden, British Ambassador to Korea, recently hosted a reception for the Study Abroad Foundation at his residence in Seoul. The event brought together recently returned SAF students, SAF staff members, as well as officials from SAF member universities in Korea.

Ambassador Uden, a laws graduate of Queen Mary – University of London, had the chance to meet former SAF students including Hyoyoung Kim from Queen Mary University and Hee Seung Lee from the University of Westminster.

Fall (Semester II) Programs off to a Smooth Start. Overall Good Growth. New Programs in China, France, Germany, Korea, Spain and Switzerland (9/2009)

Despite the worldwide economic downturn and the threat of swine flu, SAF student enrollment increased 62% from Fall 2008 to Fall 2009. This significant increase can be partially attributed to SAF’s new program with Rikkyo University’s Department of Intercultural Communications (CIC). Through the CIC-SAF agreement, Rikkyo students have the opportunity to study abroad at prestigious universities in the US, Canada, UK, Ireland, France, Germany, Spain, Australia, New Zealand, China and Korea. SAF developed programs in Europe and Asia at Rikkyo’s request and these programs are now available to any SAF participant. Please contact your SAF Country Office representative for additional information.

Overall SAF has experienced good growth notably in China and Japan. In Korea and Taiwan the economic downturn has had an impact, especially in Korea where the currency significantly fell in value in 2008/9.

SAF Headquarters (SAF HQ) in Indianapolis has increased its office size within the same building it shares with other non-profit organizations including IFSA-Butler.

SAF Office Opened in Beijing (9/2009)

SAF China has been working with SAF member universities in the Beijing area from the SAF China office in Shanghai. Beginning in September 2009 SAF China will also operate a Beijing office located in the International Exchange Center building of Beijing Normal University. The office is very central to the capital’s “university district” and therefore easily accessed by students from other SAF member universities nearby.

New SAF China Director Appointed (7/2009)

Daniel Shen has been appointed Director SAF China. Daniel is currently Assistant Dean at Beijing Jiao Tong University’s School of Software Engineering where is responsible for the School’s international affairs. Simultaneously he is Assistant Director at the Office of National Software Engineering Schools at the Ministry of Education, China. Previously Daniel held positions in business in Australia and is an Australian citizen. Daniel’s undergraduate degree is in telecommunications and from Beijing Information and Technology University. His Masters degree from the University of New South Wales, Australia is in computer science. Theresa Li, SAF China’s founding director will be moving on to take a new position at Shanghai Jiao Tong University.
Government-Sponsored Study Abroad Scholarship Program in Taiwan (5/2009)

SAF Taiwan has been working with recipients of a new Taiwan scholarship program designed to encourage study abroad. Some universities with a wide range of exchange partners are able to use scholarships in conjunction with their exchange programs, but many universities do not have well-developed networks of suitable partners and are working with SAF to provide these scholarships to students accepted on SAF programs. 400 merit scholarships valued at TWD 300,000 (approx USD 9,000) are available each year. Additional scholarships are availed for students from low income families and to encourage participation in study abroad internships.

Last Updated: 1/9/19