Founded in 1995, The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) offers quality custom programs throughout Asia-Pacific. With this kind of experience and passion driving us, we know how to design, deliver, and service the best educational opportunities abroad.

While we have certainly grown since 1995, The Education Abroad Network is a responsive and flexible boutique organization. Our dedicated staff have spent considerable time studying, traveling, working, and living overseas. Working with only the best universities in the most amazing locations, we offer unparalleled personalized service including individualized pre-departure consultation, extensive in-country support, high-quality accommodations, and a range of exclusive program options designed to promote integration into the host culture.

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Your Options

Choosing the Right Option for You

Why should you consider using a third-party provider?

  • One contract/agreement with TEAN rather individual contracts with international providers
  • Experiences, on-site international staff
  • High-quality pre-departure and in-country orientation programs
  • Ease of arranging roundtrip airport transfers in-country
  • A variety of housing options and extensive experience with each
  • Access to classroom space and academic guest speakers through local and university relationships
  • Already existing contracts in the host country
  • Local knowledge of student-centered activities and availability to provide recommendations for free time activities
  • Knowledge of local health care policies and facilities
  • Experience with visa issues 
  • Risk management policies in place

Why TEAN

Why TEAN

The Education Abroad Network enjoys working with diverse university groups and faculty leaders to create individual short-course programming. As a boutique organization, TEAN is able to adapt and show immense flexibility in the development of each program.

TEAN offers the following for all programs:

  • Support staff (US and international) available 24/7
  • Programming developed as part of academic framework
  • Encouragement of a collaborative effort between all parties involved
  • Recognition and inclusion of the Forum Standards for Short-Term Programs
  • TEAN’s Risk Management Policy and necessary insurance coverage
  • Access to service providers in multiple locations
  • The ability to pay in local currencies and consolidate payments
  • Programs available in a variety of locations, including, but not limited to: Australia, Burma, Cambodia, China, Fiji, Laos, Malaysia, New Zealand, Singapore, South Africa, South Korea, Thailand, Turkey, Vietnam
  • Variety of accommodation, classroom, and activity options to fit any budget

Faculty Feedback

Faculty Feedback

“When “Exceeds all my expectations!” fails to describe an international study-abroad experience you know something was very, very, very right. Our international experience was marked by superb support from Education Abroad Network professionals, worldly accommodation, marvelous food, and an orientation program that left one feeling at home in Sydney and with a deep affection for Australia. In addition, our immersion field experience within the New South Wales Department of Education was flawless organized and executed. By the time we returned to the United States every member of the experience felt they shared an experience, personal and professional, that they would remember for the rest of their lives.”

James Kaminsky, Auburn University

Customized Program Examples

Former and Current Customized Programs

  • Auburn University – Leadership Training in Australia
  • Augustana College (SD) – Australia in the Global Economy, Thailand in the Global Economy
  • Augustana College (SD) – Sports Management in Australia
  • Iowa State University – Discovering China: People, Places & Progress
  • Michigan State University – International Summer Sports Program (Australia)
  • Michigan State University – The Business of the Olympics (Australia)
  • Purdue University – International Issues in Public Health (Australia, India, South Africa, China)
  • University of Maryland – Australian and Pacific Rim Perspectives on Terrorism and Counterterrorism
  • University of Maryland – Environmental Sustainability (New Zealand)
  • University of Maryland – International Business Cultures in Engineering & Technology (Australia)
  • University of Maryland – Literature & Culture: Aboriginal to Contemporary (Australia)
  • University of Wisconsin – The Chinese Diaspora (Cambodia & Vietnam; Singapore & Malaysia)
  • Western Michigan University – Business Leaders Down Under (Australia)

Program Types Available

Program Types Available

  • Faculty-led Program (Short-Term)
  • Faculty-led Program (Semester)
  • Branded Semester Program (i.e. “University of XXX in Australia)
  • Internships (Semester and Short-Term)

The Planning Phase

Location 

Program Location

The chosen location for each customized program should complement course content and offer students learning opportunities that would not be available on their home campus. When preparing your proposal both for TEAN and your home university, consider what personal contacts you may have in the host country and how they could contribute a local perspective for your course content. What site visits will make your material come alive and also leave a lasting impression on students? 

When preparing a course syllabus, it is important to consider when students will complete readings and assignments in order to best integrate local experiences. Will students complete assignments prior to departing? Will students give presentations at certain site visits (involving research prior or shortly after arrival)? Will assessment be in the form of exams, oral discussions, journal assignments, or projects? Will grading occur while in-country or upon return to the US?

Course Objectives

Course Objectives & Learning Outcomes

The Education Abroad Network requires both the course objectives for your proposed program as well as the learning outcomes for your students. Course objectives relate to the overall vision of the program and do not necessarily reflect specific skill and knowledge sets that are to be obtained at the completion of the course. Learning outcomes reflect specific and measurable objectives for student learning.

Sample Course Objectives

At the conclusion of the program, students will:

  • Learn about their discipline from an international perspective
  • Develop self-awareness
  • Develop awareness of other’s economic and political realities
  • Learn flexibility when living in a physical and cultural environment that varies from their home
  • Become aware of their own culture by examining a different culture
  • Adapt to cross-cultural situations
  • Consider future international study abroad and/or travel opportunities
  • Apply knowledge gained from their time abroad to new situations
Sample Learning Outcomes

Program #1

By the end of the program, students will:

  • Understand the natural history, biogeography, econological diversity, and related social and cultural contexts of Australia through an exploration of Queensland’s network of national parks and protected areas, which encompass the Outback, rainforests, coastlines, marine reserves, and offshore islands;
  • Understand the impacts of human actions on the natural systems, and human responses to those changes, using the case of Queensland, Australia;
  • Develop an understanding of ecological education practices, integrated natural resource management, and conservation actions throughout Queensland, Australia;
  • Be able to address relationships between human societies and their natural environments from multiple disciplinary perspectives and to develop a complex, multi-faceted and holistic view of human – environment connections that cross traditional disciplinary boundaries.
  • Work as an effective member of an interdisciplinary research team

 Program #2

  • Describe the recent macroeconomic history of Thailand (including economic grown, unemployment, inflation and balance of payments).
  • Explain Thailand’s place in the global economy – make reference to the goods and services produced, primary exports and imports, primary trading partners, and how all of these have changed over the last three decades.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of how the agricultural, manufacturing and tourist sectors of the economy have contributed to Thailand’s overall economy and how these sectors have adapted to changes in the regional/global economy.
  • Explain how Thailand’s political system, Buddhist religion, and geographic location have influenced its economic performance.

Program #3

  • Master substantial knowledge of the basic concepts of biodiversity, threats to biodiversity and conservation of population and species.
  • Gain a familiarity with the recent scientific research in conservation biology.
  • Gain the ability to critically interpret, discuss and present scientific data and concepts.
  • Gain an appreciation of the biodiversity of our world and how dramatically we have and are changing our planet.
Assessment

An important part of pre-course planning is how student learning will be actively promoted. Below are some ideas to implement in your course syllabus:

  • Meals and meetings with local university students for informal or formal discussions
  • Briefings in the morning, afternoon or evening to reflect upon the day’s activities and student impressions of what is happening around them. Discussions could be quite informal or could be focused upon specific topics relating to the day’s focus.
  • Group assignments that involve exploring in small groups and reporting their findings back to the rest of the students.
  • Continued journaling to analyze daily interactions and happenings.
  • Current events discussion using local newspapers, magazines and television shows.

Complete the Questionnaire

Customized Program Questionnaire

To begin planning your customized program, we require some initial information to get us brainstorming for your program and give us the necessary background details to make the course a success. You can download the Customized Program Questionnaire (PDF), and then email it to info@teanabroad.org when completed or you can submit the form online.

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Next Steps

Preliminary Phone Call

Preliminary Phone Call

After reviewing your customized program questionnaire, we will schedule a phone call with all related parties. This phone call is to discuss any outstanding budget questions, brainstorm activities, and go over many of the options available for accommodations, scheduling, flights, etc. We consider this call to be of the utmost importance to get to know you and your students better and also to give you the chance to learn more about TEAN in the initial stages of planning.

Proposal & Itinerary

Proposal and Itinerary

After discussing your program with you on the phone and answering any lingering questions via email, we will provide a comprehensive proposal developed for your program. The initial proposal is a starting point and changes can certainly be made! Included in the proposal will be the student pricing, generally reflecting a variety of factors. You will also receive a list of inclusions/exclusions and a daily itinerary. If group flights are a part of your plan, details and pricing information will be included. You’ll also receive additional details about our ground staff in the location of your program as well as our Emergency Response Plan.

After receiving the initial proposal from TEAN, we encourage discussion to adjust any budget requirements, make date changes, and continue to introduce new daily planning based on faculty requirements. Most of these changes will be completed via email and phone discussions and generally, adjustments are slight.

After reviewing changes from initial itineraries, we will present you with a final pricing and proposal. This is the information that should be used for student promotion and unless notified, TEAN will consider the included information to be final and will plan accordingly. All changes after this approval are subject to pricing adjustments.

Marketing

Marketing and Recruitment Events

We strongly encourage website promotion via your university platforms. TEAN can also work with our graphic designer to set up attractive flyers for your campus events (at additional cost).  Marketing materials should include dates, final program fee, credit information, and highlights of the program. A daily itinerary may be included, if desired. Such flyers should be posted throughout academic buildings and residential halls in order to reach a maximum number of students. We also recommend working with your study abroad office to assist with active promotion.

In addition to promotional materials, having a presence at a study abroad fair is key! This is when students are looking for an international experience and sorting out their options. Please make sure to work with your study abroad office to get more information about the particulars for your fair, tips for best promotion, and to secure a table.

Classroom presentations are another great way to get the word out about your program! Take some time to show some photos for your program and hand out materials to get students excited about the possibility of joining you abroad.

For programs that would welcome non-home institution students, TEAN is happy to promote your program to our wide array of students. We find that the campus study abroad fair season (September – October) is the best time for promotion and thus, encourage final program arrangements to be set by September. Please let us know if you are interested in hosting other TEAN students. We will then work with your home university to sort enrollment procedures for visiting students.

Final Details

Confirm Student Numbers

Confirm Student Numbers

After the promotion period has ended and final deadlines have passed, it is time to provide TEAN with your final program numbers. We will also require a gender breakdown, roommate requests, and any dietary/medical restrictions.

Final Invoice

Receive and Pay Final Invoice

Depending on the host country, your final invoice could be in US dollars or in local currency. The final currency will be established as part of the final proposal. If offered in local currency, TEAN can lock in the fees at the current rate of exchange once the program’s numbers are confirmed. 

TEAN will also provide instructions for wiring funds or paying via check at this time. 

Pre-Departure Session

Pre-Departure Session

Prior to departure, students should attend a pre-departure information session in order to best prepare for their experience abroad. Topics for this session should include, but are not limited to: safety while abroad, housing expectations, packing list, visa discussion, and obtaining funds while abroad. We also recommend using the pre-departure meeting to begin to discuss academic material and get students thinking about what they will be learning in just a few short weeks. Former study abroad students should also be considered to give valuable advice from a student perspective.

This is also the time to make sure to manage student expectations of the program. Beyond reminding students of safety procedures and the coursework required of them, it’s good to chat about the housing that will be provided, how some days will be quite busy, and the unfortunate appearance of jetlag. Also, as they will be traveling as a group, an emphasis on how one person impacts everyone (from schedule to moods to overall behavior). 

The ‘Bits and Pieces’

Mobile Phone

The Education Abroad Network is able to provide local mobile phones in many of our locations. The phones will be set up with initial credits for communicating with our staff while in-country and for emergency use. The phones and plans are not designed for international calling and making international calls will go through credit much faster than local calls.

Emergency Contacts

The Education Abroad Network has a 24/7 emergency line based in the United States. Faculty leaders and study abroad offices will also receive contact details for ground staff in the host country.

Student Insurance

As each home university insurance policies differ, The Education Abroad Network typically does not arrange overseas health coverage nor emergency evacuation/repatriation coverage. TEAN recommends examining policies through CISI if a specific provider is not already in use.

Finalize Student Visas

The final visa process will be determined by the host country. For some locations, like Australia, a visitor visa can be included with student flight bookings automatically whereas others can be purchased upon arrival (like Cambodia). In Thailand, visas are not required for short stays, while students going to China will need to apply for visas via regular mail well in advance of departure. We will help you navigate the ins-and-outs of the visa process for your particular program. However, we do recommend that home universities be very involved with the visa process for their students as some participants are more pro-active than others. We have had students miss the program because they didn’t apply for their visas in enough time.