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The 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards: Study Abroad

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Go Overseas was started with the simple idea of creating a centralized website to provide the resources required for meaningful travel abroad.

Go Overseas Community Choice Awards - Study Abroad

When Go Overseas was founded, some of the first resources we ever provided were for students interested in studying abroad. We believe that studying abroad is a critical component in higher education, and we work daily to increase the opportunities for students to study abroad through scholarships and the best information available to help them choose a program.

Reviews of all study abroad programs on Go Overseas are an important part of how students choose which program to study abroad; especially if they're planning to study abroad independently, or are working to convince parents or family that it's the right choice for them. Our study abroad reviewers help future students make life-changing decisions!

For the inaugural Go Overseas Community Choice Awards for Study Abroad providers, we looked at those providers who truly excel at offering students an unforgettable study abroad experience. We also considered the five categories we ask students to rate each program on: Academics, Support, Fun, Housing, and Safety. We've crunched the numbers, and here are the top study abroad providers from 2018 here on Go Overseas.

Learn more about how we scored programs for this year's awards by clicking here.

Overall Top Study Abroad Providers

In the Overall category, we looked for those study abroad providers whose scores across all factors was highest. The following providers offer a variety of programs in destinations around the world – and alumni are consistently positive in reviewing their experiences:

1st

IES Abroad


Review Highlight:
"To begin with, IES covers the very basics that you can expect from a good study abroad program: excellent housing options, great classes with wonderful professors." -- Sharon, 21

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2nd

USAC


Review Highlight:
"The onsite staff was really kind and helpful and I would really recommend anyone who is interested in studying abroad to go with USAC!" -- Kathleen, 27

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3rd

CISabroad


Review Highlight:
"CISAbroad was the first program that was recommended to me and I have never regretted taking that first choice." -- Jorge, 20

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Top Study Abroad Providers: Academics

Study abroad is an opportunity for many things: freedom and independence, travel, exploring the world, and expanding one's worldview... but it's also a time to learn. Academics are an important part of studying abroad, and we ask all study abroad alumni to rate their academic experience abroad. The following providers had the top scores in the Academics category:

1st

University of Nottingham Ningbo China


Review Highlight:
"Learning in the University of Nottingham Ningbo China helped me develop a sense of confidence in my studies." -- Tianzheng, 21

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2nd

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad


Review Highlight:
"There is not enough time in the day to tell you haw grateful I am to have gotten to experience a trip so magical, while still learning and growing academically." -- Kristen

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3rd

Asia Exchange


Review Highlight:
"Both personal and academically, this is an excellent spot to grow because anything pretty much anything is possible over here." -- Niklas, 24

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Top Study Abroad Providers: Support

While study abroad is an opportunity for students to experience freedom and independence they might never have before, it's also critically important that the study abroad program they choose is available for any support students do need. We ask alumni to consider how much support the study abroad program staff provide; the following providers had the top scores in the Support category:

1st

CIEE


Review Highlight:
"CIEE allowed me to have the freedom I needed to grow independently as well as the support I needed to feel safe while miles away from home." -- Julia, 21

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2nd

AIFS


Review Highlight:
"We had the freedom to be independent when we wanted and the opportunity to reach out for support when we needed. It's the best of both worlds." -- Ali, 21

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3rd

TEAN


Review Highlight:
"TEAN does a great job of helping organize the logistics of studying abroad and always made me feel supported without ever taking away my freedom." -- Jessica, 21

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Top Study Abroad Providers: Fun

We obviously think that studying abroad should be a fun experience -- in fact, we ask every reviewer to tell us how much fun they had overseas, for almost every program they rate on our site. For study abroad programs, we ask alumni to share what they rate the social scene for their study abroad program. This could include extracurriculars, weekend trips, or daily activities arranged by the study abroad provider. The following providers had the top scores in the Fun category:

1st

CIEE


Review Highlight:
"The program was well planned. This includes all of the awesome trips we went on and the daily planned activities. The coordinators were phenomenal, supportive, and fun." -- Samantha, 20

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2nd

TEAN


Review Highlight:
"My semester abroad would not have been as amazing as it was without the help of TEAN. TEAN made every aspect of my semester abroad as easy-going and as fun as possible." -- Kristen, 21

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3rd

AIFS


Review Highlight:
"AIFS offers several weekend and day trip excursions that were so much fun and a great way to meet other students in the program." -- Taylor, 21

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Top Study Abroad Providers: Housing

Housing is an important part of the student experience abroad. Good, safe housing options -- be it a dorm room, an apartment with fellow students, or a homestay -- have a huge impact on student perceptions of studying abroad. As many study abroad providers are responsible for arranging or suggesting housing options for students, we ask study abroad alumni to rate this for each program. The following providers had the top scores in the Housing category:

1st

Forum-Nexus Study Abroad


Review Highlight:
"I didn’t have any issues with where we stayed housing wise, every place was beyond expectations. " -- Taylor, 21

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2nd

University of Nottingham Ningbo China


Review Highlight:
"My favorite memorty during my study at UNNC would be the time and effort that I spent with my teammates so that we could work on the project together." -- Eunice, 20

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3rd

TEAN


Review Highlight:
"The housing TEAN provided was modern had the perfect location, right in the heart of the city." -- Emily, 22

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Top Study Abroad Providers: Safety

Safety is one of the most important factors we ask reviewers to rate; almost every program on Go Overseas (even those that aren't in the study abroad category) is rated on safety. In particular, we want to know how students felt about the safety of their school and the local community. The following providers had the top scores in the Safety category:

1st

CIEE


Review Highlight:
"Everything which is needed to frame the students' experience - such as safety, logistics and administrative matters - are largely taken care of or made significantly easier by CIEE." -- Jan, 22

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2nd

CET Academic Programs


Review Highlight:
"The staff is incredibly helpful, caring, and all around great people to spend time with. They really want you to have the best experience in their country." -- Julia, 23

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3rd

TEAN


Review Highlight:
"I felt safe being away from family for that long because I always knew that I could rely on my TEAN team members." -- Arial, 21

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How We Scored Programs for the 2018 Go Overseas Community Choice Awards

To find the best Study Abroad providers on Go Overseas, we looked at every review left on the site between January 1, 2018 and December 31, 2018. Any provider who received three or more reviews was considered.

To choose the Overall Best Study Abroad Providers we looked at the average scores each provider received across all of their programs and the factors we ask students to rate. We averaged each provider's scores and weighted the score based on the number of reviews they received.

To find the best providers in each category, we averaged all review scores for each provider on just that factor. The best programs in each factor won the awards. Providers who won in the Overall Best category were not eligible to win another award in these categories.

Questions about these awards? Email us.