CISabroad

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About CISabroad

Year Founded: 2000

CISabroad offers affordable, fully supported study and intern programs in six continents, 19 countries, and 80+ locations. Study in your major in Australia, England, France, Italy, Scotland, Spain; work in China, Ireland, Ecuador, New Zealand; immerse yourself in the culture of Costa Rica, Mexico, Peru, Thailand, the Czech Republic, South Africa, or Ghana. We aim to provide innovative education programs that broaden academic perspectives, promote global awareness, and encourage personal development while laying the foundation for program participants to become engaged global citizens.

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Semester in Florence

Italy : Florence

On Semester in Florence, you will be a local in one of the world's most popular tourist destinations. Florence is an amazing location for cultural immersion, and Florence...

Intern in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Our international internships are customized to match your interests, career aspirations, and your desired length of stay in Spain. Internships last a minimum of 4 weeks,...

Summer in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Earn class credit in either four or eight weeks while studying abroad at Barcelona International College! You can take courses taught in both Spanish and English, and strengthen...

Semester in Costa Rica

Costa Rica

On Semester in Costa Rica, you will study in English or in Spanish at a local university, Universidad Veritas, in the bustling capital city of San Jose. In your free time,...

Semester at University of Westminster

England : London

During your semester in London, you won't just read Shakespeare in the classroom; you'll go see it performed live in the Globe Theatre. The city is your classroom! On Semester...

Summer in Florence

Italy : Florence

Florence is an amazing place to call home during your summer abroad! Summer in Florence lets you choose just how long your summer program lasts and how many credits you receive-...

Semester in Aix en Provence

France : Aix-en-Provence

Semester in Aix-en-Provence gives you all the academic flexibility you'll need to make your semester in France a perfect fit. Whether you want to start taking French, polish...

Semester in Thailand

Thailand : Bangkok

On Semester in Thailand, you'll live in Bangkok and study at Thailand's top-ranked university. You will have limitless opportunities to immerse yourself in the local culture,...

Semester at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Study abroad at a world-class university in a UNESCO World Heritage site! Semester at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona offers you all the best aspects of Europe: strong

Semester on the Gold Coast

Australia : Gold Coast

On Semester on the Gold Coast, you'll spend a semester in the sun at one of the most highly ranked and modern universities in Australia. The year-round tropical climate isn't...

Summer in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

On Summer in Costa Rica, you will study in English and take Spanish-language classes at a local university in bustling San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. In your free time,...

Semester in Dublin

Ireland : Dublin

Take advantage of studying at one of the best universities in Ireland and living in one of the best cities around. Get to know local Irish students, and you will surely to...

Summer in the British Isles: Ireland, Scotland, and England

England : London

Travel three of Western Europe's most beautiful locations - Ireland, Scotland, and England! Travel Ireland and Scotland, where you will experience some of the world's most...

Summer in Scotland

Scotland : Stirling

Summer in Stirling is a unique opportunity to spend 4 or 8 weeks living in an awesome, historic Scottish town and earn 6-12 US credits in the process. Unlike many summer

Intern in Dublin

Ireland : Dublin

On Summer Intern in Dublin, you really get the best of both worlds! After an extensive introduction to living and working in Dublin, you will work full time alongside your...

Summer in Rome

Italy : Roma (Rome)

You'll study at the Pantheon Institute during your Summer in Rome, where you'll be treated to the beautiful sight of the Pantheon every day! The Institute provides a wide...

Semester in Perugia

Italy : Perugia

Spend a semester studying abroad in the radiant heart of Italy. On Semester in Perugia, you will be enrolled at the Umbra Institute. Founded in 1999, the Institute has set...

The London Semester

England : London

Through The London Semester, you will study at highly ranked Roehampton University. Roehampton is unique among London universities in having its housing, support services,...

Semester in Edinburgh

Scotland : Edinburgh

With its around-the-clock buzz of activity, Edinburgh is an ideal location for any student. On Semester in Edinburgh, you'll have easy access to all Edinburgh has to offer...

Intern in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

On Intern in Ecuador, you will get a professional international internship tailored to your skills, interests and community needs. You can really get to know your host community...

Semester in Newcastle

Australia : Newcastle

Study in an idyllic, affordable Australian city! On Semester in Newcastle, you'll get to study at an excellent university, live in a coastal city, and experience the true...

Summer in London

England : London

Spend this summer in London on a program that will offer the best of everything: locally-focused academics that will make use of the city and its surroundings, a full range...

Semester in Limerick

Ireland : Limerick

Semester in Limerick is housed at the University of Limerick, which offers state-of-the art facilities, great housing options, and classes with Irish students so you can

Summer in Business and Economics, Prague

Czech Republic : Prague

Summer in Business and Economics, Prague is a perfect blend of academics, social activities, and rich cultural opportunities. Spend your summer studying Central and East

Summer at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Earn 6 credits in 6 weeks while studying at Universitat Autonoma de Barcelona, located in one of Europe's most cosmopolitan cities! Immerse yourself in Spanish culture and...

Semester in Sydney

Australia : Sydney

Picture yourself spending the semester Down Under, in the largest city in Australia. As a Semester in Sydney student, you'll immerse yourself in all that Sydney has to offer...

Intern in New Zealand

New Zealand : Wellington

Intern in New Zealand lets you gain practical internship experience while immersing yourself in the Kiwis' friendly workplace and lively, modern Pacifica culture. During

Intern in Florence

Italy : Florence

On Intern in Florence, your internship will be tailored to your personal, academic, and professional goals. We'll work with you one-on-one to find the perfect placement.

The Barcelona Semester

Spain : Barcelona

Spend a semester learning from some of the best faculty in Barcelona. On The Barcelona Semester with CISabroad, you'll soak up all that this cultural hub of the Mediterranean...

Semester in Cusco

Peru : Cusco

Cusco is the center of modern indigenous culture in Peru, so you'll learn a lot about South America outside of the classroom. Imagine a region filled with stunning mountain...

Summer in Ireland

Ireland : Limerick

Come to Limerick for 3 weeks this summer for hands-on courses in Irish culture, history, film, law, and art taught by distinguished Irish faculty. On Summer in Ireland, you...

European Experience: Ireland, Scotland, England, and Spain

Spain : Barcelona

Dont choose just one location, choose the European Experience: Ireland, England, Scotland, Spain multi-country study abroad program through CISabroad. The 10 week program...

Summer in Peru

Peru : Cusco

Join Summer in Cusco and study at 11,500 feet in an incredible city with a vibrant culture! Cusco is full of pre-Hispanic and colonial history, which often overlap in fascinating...

Semester on the South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand : Dunedin

As a student at New Zealand's oldest university, the University of Otago, you will become part of a distinguished educational experience in a vibrant, cosmopolitan city.

Summer in Perugia

Italy : Perugia

Spend a summer studying in the radiant heart of Italy. On Summer in Perugia, you will be enrolled at the Umbra Institute. Founded in 1999, the Institute has set itself apart...

The Grand Tour: Florence, Paris, and London

-Multi-Country Locations : -Multi-Country Locations, England and 2 other locations , France, Italy Show less

Earn 15 credits in 10 weeks in classes such as art history, studio art, photography, and language. The experiential travel opportunity to visit three of Europe's most distinguished...

January in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Spend your winter in warm Costa Rica! You'll study Spanish at a local university in bustling San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, during your January in Costa Rica. You'll...

Semester in Rome

Italy : Roma (Rome)

Semester in Rome takes place at the Pantheon Institute, where you can take a variety of exciting courses in architecture, art history, human development and family studies,...

Intern in London

England : London

Summer Intern in London offers 8 week customized international internships in England's fascinating capital. Participate in London's work life through an internship that

Summer Art and Photography in Paris

France : Paris

Experience world-class art and culture in Paris this summer! Transform the City of Paris into your classroom for 3 weeks through CISabroads Summer in Paris program. The

Semester in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Come experience this high-altitude haven for all things fun! Live 9,000 feet above sea level in the beautiful country of Ecuador. Experience markets, mountains, and culture...

Semester in Business and Economics, Prague

Czech Republic : Prague

Semester in Business and Economics, Prague is a perfect blend of academics, social activities, and rich cultural opportunities. Spend your semester studying Central and East...

Semester in Melbourne

Australia : Melbourne

Study in one of the most livable cities in the world at one of the top universities in Australia, La Trobe. On Semester in Melbourne, you will get the best of all worlds:...

Summer in Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Home to more than 14 million people, Buenos Aires is one of South America's most metropolitan cities. Immerse yourself in the Argentine culture by strengthening your Spanish-language...

Summer in Hawaii

-Multi-Country Locations : Hawaii (USA), United States

On Summer in Hawaii, you can take advantage of all the services of a medium-size private university in capital city Honolulu while exploring the pristine jungles and beaches...

Semester on the North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand : Wellington

Semester on the North Island, New Zealand, is an affordable program in a fun and happening city. Wellington is unique because it is the business, commercial, and political...

Summer in Thailand

Thailand : Chiang Mai

Earn 6 credits while living in beautiful Chiang Mai in the north of Thailand. Take a mandatory Thai Language and Culture course and an elective. Choose from Gender Studies,...

Semester in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad), Stellenbosch

Semester in South Africa offers you an amazing college experience in an exotic destination, studying at Stellenbosch University. Ideally situated in the heart of the Cape...

Affordable, Comprehensive Study and Intern Abroad Programs!

-Multi-Country Locations : Australia, China and 16 other locations , Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Ecuador, England, France, Ghana, Hawaii (USA), Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, Scotland, South Africa, Spain, Thailand, United States Show less

CISabroad study and intern abroad programs are some of the most affordable, comprehensive program packages available. We also don't cut any corners by offering everything...

Semester in Stirling

Scotland : Stirling

On Semester in Stirling, you will live in one of the most historic spots in the UK, where many a battle was fought for Scottish independence. Put on your kilt and get ready...

Summer in Madrid at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Spain : Madrid

Spend your summer studying in the eternally active city of Madrid in the heart of Spain. Choose between a one or two month stay and take classes in an intimate classroom

Study Internship in Scotland

Scotland : Stirling

Study and Intern this summer in beautiful Scotland. Enjoy long days, Scottish festivals, friendly locals, and a castle and golf course on campus! Take your study abroad experience...

Semester in Lima

Peru : Lima

There's a little bit of everything in Lima. You will find stunning ocean views, colonial-era buildings, a fun local spirit, delicious food, and more colorful, inexpensive...

Semester in Hawaii

-Multi-Country Locations : Hawaii (USA), United States

Live on the island of Oahu and immerse yourself in paradise on Semester in Hawaii. Whether you're surfing at the beach, watching a movie at the Hawaii International Film

Semester in Argentina

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Explore metropolitan Buenos Aires, a Latin American city of 14 million people. Shop in the most diverse shopping districts of South America, walk the tree-lined streets of...

Spanish for Health Professionals in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Spanish for Health Professionals in Costa Rica offers a health course taught in English and a Spanish-language course focused on health-related vocabulary. In your free time,...

Intern in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

On Intern in Costa Rica, you will study Spanish at a local university in bustling San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica, and work at a custom international internship. You

Summer Photography in Australia - Edge of the Outback

Australia : Central Highlands, Melbourne

Summer Photography in Australia - Edge of the Outback starts in Melbourne and then moves on to a regional campus in Mildura, a small city located in northwestern Victoria...

Mediterranean Culture: Rome and Barcelona

-Multi-Country Locations : Italy, Spain

Earn a semester's worth of credit while traveling two of Europe's most historic and lively cities - Rome and Barcelona! You'll choose from a variety of course offerings including...

Semester in Ghana

Ghana : Cape Coast

Come explore this incredible country and discover its rich history for yourself! You'll learn about Ghana with classes in subjects as diverse as West African musical traditions...

Semester in China

China : Beijing

Have you ever thought of studying business in China but worried that your Mandarin wasn't good enough? On the Semester in China program, you can relax. We've found a university...

January Great Cities: Rome, Paris, London, Prague

-Multi-Country Locations : Europe Region

Travel through the best of the best when it comes to Europe. Immerse yourself in the cultures of Rome, Marseille, Paris, Prague, and London. Absorb as much of the historical...

January in France, Spain, and Morocco

France : Paris

The January in France, Spain, and Morocco study abroad program takes students to several cities within each country, providing an unforgettable travel experience. The journey...

Summer Art and Photography in Florence

Italy : Florence

Spend 4 weeks of the summer studying and living in one of Europe's most desirable cities: Florence! You'll focus on art and photography, while also having the chance to take...

January in Florence

Italy : Florence

On our January in Florence program, you'll be immersed in the local Italian and Florentine culture immediately to get the most out of this short-term study abroad program....

Summer in Aix en Provence

France : Aix-en-Provence

Have you ever thought about studying in France, but you've never taken any French? Have you already taken a few years of French and really want to improve your language skills?...

Summer in South Africa

South Africa : Stellenbosch

Summer in South Africa offers you an amazing college experience in an exotic destination, studying at Stellenbosch University. Ideally situated in the heart of the Cape

January in New Zealand

New Zealand : Dunedin

New Zealand is famously beautiful, with incredible sand beaches, bush-clad hills, and tidal inlets close to your apartment in Dunedin. During the program, many exciting events...

Semester in Oman

Oman : Muscat

Spend a semester studying Arabic language and culture while living in Oman. Bask in the warmth and hospitality of the Omani people, and engage in cultural understanding by...

Semester in Madrid at Universidad Antonio de Nebrija

Spain : Madrid

Take in all that Spain's largest city has to offer while studying abroad within a small, supportive campus community! You'll participate in a comprehensive orientation of...

European Experience: Ireland, Scotland, England, and Spain

England : London, Ormskirk

With the European Experience program, you will travel four of Europe's most renowned and historic countries and earn a semester's worth of credit - all in a single summer!...

January in France, Spain, and Morocco

Morocco : Casablanca, Marrakech and 2 other cities , Rabat, Tangier Show less

This epic adventure not only visits the diverse North African country of Morocco, but also takes you through France and Spain for a truly unparalleled travel experience!

Intern in South Africa

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Intern for a semester, summer, or anywhere in between in Cape Town, South Africa! There is a wide variety of internship placements available, so you will be able to find

Summer in Aix en Provence

France : Aix-en-Provence

Semester in Aix-en-Provence gives you all the academic flexibility you'll need to make your semester in France a perfect fit. Whether you want to start taking French, polish...

Intern in China

China : Beijing, Shanghai

On Intern in China, your international internship will be customized to match your interests and how long you want to live abroad. Internships last a minimum of 4 weeks,

Summer in Ecuador

Ecuador : Quito

Come live 9,000 feet above sea level in this high-altitude haven for all things fun: markets, mountains, and culture in the city, and beaches, jungles, crater lakes, and

Intern in Australia

Australia : Melbourne, Sydney

Tailor make the perfect internship in Australia through CISabroad! Internships are customize according to individualized interests, goals, and skills. Applying is made easy...

Summer in Oman

Oman : Muscat

On our Summer in Oman program, you'll live in Muscat, a modern yet traditional city, and attend the Center for International Learning (CIL) where you'll hone your Arabic

January Mediterranean Basin: France, Italy, Greece, Turkey

-Multi-Country Locations : Europe Region

Picture yourself wandering around ancient Greece. The next day, you're wandering around Pompeii on your way to Greece. Then, you're enjoying a unique and homemade meal purchased...

January in France, Spain, and Morocco

Spain : Barcelona

This epic adventure not only visits the diverse North African country of Morocco, but also takes you through France and Spain for a truly unparalleled travel experience!

Heart of the Renaissance: Rome, Florence, and Paris

-Multi-Country Locations : -Multi-Country Locations, Italy

Earn nine credits in eight weeks with the Heart of the Renaissance program! Travel to three of Europe's most fashionable and historic cities: Rome, Florence, and Paris, spending...

Film and Art Spectacular: London and Paris

England : London

Travel to London and Paris with the CISabroad Film and Art Spectacular program. Areas of study include film, literature, photography, and all levels of French while in Paris....

European Experience: Ireland, Scotland, England, and Spain

Ireland : Dublin

Earn a semester's worth of course credit as you travel four of Europe's most renowned and historic destinations - all in ten weeks! You will gain a unique comparative experience...

Summer in the British Isles: Ireland, Scotland, and England

Scotland : Edinburgh

The Summer in the British Isles program will introduce you to three of Western Europe's most beautiful and historic destinations - Ireland, Scotland, and England! During

January Europe and Islam: France, Morocco, Gilbraltar, Spain

-Multi-Country Locations : Africa Region, Europe Region and 1 other location , Various cities in each country Show less

On the January Europe and Islam: France, Morocco, Gibraltar, Spain program, you will visit four countries and 12 cities in three weeks, and see the essential aspects of French,...

Study Internship in Aix en Provence

France : Aix-en-Provence

Study AND intern abroad while living in beautiful southern France! Study French language and other topics taught in French or English while also spending a few hours a day...

Semester at University of Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Study abroad at a renowned local university, giving you the opportunity to meet both local and international students! This program is perfect for intermediate to advanced...

Semester in Paris

France : Paris

Join a semester study abroad program that lets you turn Paris into your classroom. This program offers everything, from beginner through advanced French levels, and provides...

January in London

England : London

Spend the winter in London while participating in a unique course on Magic, Murder, and Mystery with CISabroad. Students will explore London from the Victorian era to the...

Semester in the Galapagos

Ecuador : Galapagos Islands

Spend three months on the world-famous Galapagos Islands in Ecuador, taking classes in a variety of courses in a semester-long academic program from CISabroad. Classes include...

Alternative Spring Break in Thailand

Thailand : Chiang Mai

Have an alternative spring break in Chiang Mai Thailand, and get the chance to experience first hand the environmental and social issues the local communities deal with,

Semester in Tropical North Queensland

Australia : Cairns, Queensland and 1 other city , Townsville Show less

Live life in the Australian tropics! Study abroad at James Cook University (JCU) for a semester - a world-class university located near the Great Barrier Reef, tropical islands,...

Alternative Spring Break in Costa Rica

Costa Rica : San Jose

Experience the Alternative Spring Break program offered by CISabroad. Program participants get the chance to explore tropical Costa Rica, live la Pura Vida, and contribute...

Alternative Spring Break in Barcelona (LGBT)

Spain : Barcelona

Have an Alternative Spring Break in Barcelona, and join friends who share your passion for social justice. Participants will spend one week working on projects that focus...

January Wine Studies: Paris, Reims, Burgundy, Provence

France : Aix-en-Provence, Lyon and 2 other cities , Paris, Reims Show less

The CISabroad January Wine Studies program will take students through six popular wine regions where they can take a closer look at the individuality and expression of this...

Summer in New Zealand

New Zealand : Dunedin

Spend a summer in New Zealand. Study at the University of Otago, and experience amazing excursions to museums and coastal towns with stunning surroundings. Program participants...

January Embassy Studies: Rabat, Casablanca, Paris, Istanbul

-Multi-Country Locations : France, Morocco and 1 other location , Turkey Show less

Spend the winter break exploring diplomatic relations in Europe and North Africa by interacting with people who work behind the scenes at embassies of the United States.

Summer Art and Photography Rome

Italy : Roma (Rome)

Participate in a Summer Art and Photography program in Rome, and get the chance to spend four weeks in one of the most artistic European cities. Students will be snapping...

Semester in Greece

Greece : Athinai (Athens)

Explore Europe's oldest city, Athens, filled with ancient sites and modern art. This historical city has a vibrant street life and a relaxed lifestyle, so get ready for endless...

Summer in Greece

Greece : Athinai (Athens)

Spend the summer in Athens and learn more about Greece than what you learn in a classroom that is a thousand miles away. Travel across rugged hills surrounded by the waters...

Summer in Paris

France : Paris

Spend the summer in Paris and surround yourself with world-class art and culture in a study abroad program with CISabroad. The program is recognized for its training of art...

January in Aix-en-Provence

France : Aix-en-Provence

Spend January in Aix-en-Provence, France, to improve French language skills or to pick up an elective course. IAU College offers a range of J-term course options for international...

A Taste of Italy: Milan, Venice, Pompeii, Capri

Italy : Capri, Milan and 2 other cities , Pompeii, Venice Show less

Get a taste of Italy on a three-week study abroad trip from CISabroad. Students will travel from northern to southern Italy, visiting cities, rural areas, and numerous historical...

January in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

Earn three credits by taking one course taught in English in Barcelona during your winter break! Immerse yourself in the culture and traditions of a vibrant cosmopolitan

January in Peru

Peru : Cusco

Exchange winter for summer and enjoy beautiful weather, rich history, and high academic standards in Cusco, the Imperial City of the Incas. You'll be fascinated by the combination...

Semester in Germany

Germany : Berlin

Travel to Germany for a semester and study the German language while taking courses in English on topics such as history, art, and economics. Wander through medieval fortifications...

Heart of the Renaissance: Rome, Florence, and Paris

France : Paris

CISabroad takes students to the Heart of the Renaissance: Rome, Florence, and Paris for the summer of a lifetime. Students begin their journey with four weeks in Florence,...

Gaudi to Monet: Barcelona and Paris

Spain : Barcelona

On the CISabroad Guadi To Monet program, students can study humanities, studio art, and business, among the masterpieces of some of the most famous artists in history. Spanish...

Film and Art Spectacular: London and Paris

France : Paris

Both London and Paris await with the CISabroad Film and Art Spectacular program. Students focus on artistic endeavors like photography and film but can also enroll in French...

European Experience: Ireland, Scotland, England, and Spain

Scotland : Edinburgh

Travel some of Europe's most beautiful and historic countries, and earn a semester's worth of class credit on The European Experience! During this ten-week summer program,...

Summer in the British Isles: Ireland, Scotland, and England

Ireland : Dublin, Galway

Experience the opportunity of a lifetime as you travel some of Western Europe's most beautiful countries through this six-week Summer in the British Isles summer program....

City Expeditions: London and Barcelona

-Multi-Country Locations : England, Spain

Do you want to study in Spain but would also like to travel to other countries during the summer? What better way to do that than while earning credit with a fun group of...

Summer in Australia

Australia : Gold Coast

Spend next summer in Australia with CISabroad! Study and live in beautiful Gold Coast on a modern, medium-sized campus. This unique summer program offers a full range of

Study Internship in Florence

Italy : Florence

On Study Internship in Florence, you will be spending the semester in one of the world's most popular destinations for tourists. However, your exposure to Florentine culture...

Study Internship in Perugia

Italy : Perugia

On Study Internship in Perugia, you will be studying at an institute designed to offer U.S. university students the opportunity to become immersed in the Italian culture

Study Internship in London

England : London

Imagine spending the semester living in the heart of London, while taking classes and completing an international internship. You will split your time between the University...

Semester Fine Arts in Aix en Provence

France : Aix-en-Provence

Are you a fine arts major looking for a unique and rewarding experience abroad? Are you a biochemistry major who really wants to study art and art history as electives? We...

Alumni Interviews

Staff Interviews

  • Scott Tayloe - Director of Customized Faculty-Led Programs

    Scott Tayloe - Director of Customized Faculty-Led Programs

    Scott has been working in international education for over a decade, despite his original plans of becoming a pilot and traveling the world by air. While studying aviation at Jacksonville University, he had the opportunity to study abroad at the University of Sydney, as well as in Costa Rica and France. These experiences opened his eyes to a new career path, and he hasn’t looked back since. Scott is not only the director of customized faculty-led programs for CISabroad, he also serves as co-chair of NAFSA’s Rainbow SIG, which is dedicated to promoting study abroad opportunities and resources for LGBTQ students.

    You manage all faculty led programs abroad at CISabroad. What is the most interesting faculty program you have helped create? 

    My favorite program to date was an LGBTQ program that we designed for the University of Louisville. The program took place in Athens and gave our students insight into the struggles and activism for LGBTQ rights in Greece. We partnered up with key organizations and our students connected with peoples of all ages and backgrounds, hearing about their lives and sharing stories. Our group met with Rainbow Families, an organization working with families of same-sex parents. It came to their attention that there was no literature showcasing two dads or two moms in a family, something that does exist in U.S. culture. Through a year long fundraising drive and a local Greek author, the students and university raised enough money that in their second year they had a book launch party, launching the first same-sex book in all of Greece.

    View of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    Scott Tayloe on a site visit in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

    You have an MBA and an aviation degree. Were you always destined to work in international education?

    I think I was destined to see the world, something I thought could only be done as a pilot. I always felt awkward in the cockpit, all I wanted to do was go back and talk to the passengers on the plane and hear their stories. Where have they been and where were they going? That fascinated me more than anything.

    Stumbling into international education was one of the best things that ever happened to me.

    As an undergrad, you studied abroad at the University of Sydney. What CISabroad Australia program is your favorite?

    Definitely our semester at Macquarie program; I will always have a love for any program in the Sydney area. 

    Friends dressed up like the French Kiss

    Scott Tayloe at the office on Halloween, dressed up with his colleagues as French Kiss

    What surprised you the most about studying abroad in Australia?

    The language. I swore they spoke English, hence I chose it, but from day one I had no idea what my Aussie mates were saying to me!

    Why do so few guys study abroad? Why did you think it was the right thing to do when you were a student?

    I think historically study abroad evolved as a chance to experience other cultures, but also was geared mostly to the social sciences, art, humanities, etc., which tend to have more females as majors. Over the last five to ten years we’ve seen a huge increase in business, engineering, aviation, etc., programming overseas, and in turn, more men taking part in study abroad. I, myself, needed to get away and truly find my place in the world. I was struggling with what direction to take in life and felt taking myself out of my comfort zone would allow me to do so more effectively.

    You also volunteered in the Philippines, how did that experience impact you?

    The people and the culture affected me greatly. On the surface it looked as though they had nothing, but that was just material goods; in reality, they were the happiest, most warm and loving people I have ever come to meet. I ended up learning more from them then they got from my volunteer work for sure. 

    Family visiting the London Eye

    Scott Tayloe leading a CISabroad group in London

    You recently became a father for the first time. How old will your son be when he studies abroad for the first time? Where would you send him if you could choose his study abroad location?

    If he had a passport we would already be overseas! I’m sure he will head over to visit our relatives and dear friends in Paris at a very young age, and it’s our hope that we spend more time in France in the coming years. I will definitely promote and encourage him to study abroad, but I don’t want to choose his destination; the world is his playground and he needs to decide where he wishes to go!

    What is the one piece of advice you would give him before he studies overseas?

    Turn off all electrical devices and take it all in. 

    City view in Germany

    Scott Tayloe on site at our newest destination - semester in Germany

    If you were a student again and could go on any CIS program which one would you choose?

    I would study in Aix en Provence in the south of France. I have spent a great deal of time in Paris, and unfortunately find myself speaking English there. I would love the chance to spend a greater amount of time in a location like Southern France where getting by in English is a bit harder to come by. 

    What is the difference between a faculty led study program and a regular CISabroad international study program?

    Easy enough, a faculty is along for the ride! Also, these are typically much shorter experiences for students. Any chance to get students abroad though is a plus in my books. 

    Who is the perfect CIS student?

    A student who knows the skills in which they can gain from studying abroad; taking part in these experiences makes you more flexible, more patient, and more open-minded, something all employers look for in hiring their key applicant. We can all benefit from gaining these skills in life!