The Education Abroad Network

About The Education Abroad Network

Year Founded: 1995

Winner of the People's Choice Award for 2012 - Voted top study abroad organization!

At The Education Abroad Network, we love making "studying abroad a reality" for our students. As a relatively small organization, we provide personalized attention, quick answers, and our trademark orientation and in-country resources. Since 1995, we have been running study-based programs with our partner universities in the South Pacific and Pacific Rim. Beginning with Study Australia, expanding to Study New Zealand and now Study Asia, The Education Abroad Network offers more overseas opportunities for study than ever before.

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Education Abroad Network - Sydney - University of New South Wales

Australia : Sydney

With enrollment of over 34,000 students including over 6,500 international students from over 90 different countries, the University of New South Wales (UNSW) enjoys the

Education Abroad Network - Gold Coast - Bond University

Australia : Gold Coast

Bond University is Australia's first and largest private university. Approximately half of the staff and students come from overseas, making Bond a diverse place to study....

Education Abroad Network - Chiang Mai University

Thailand : Chiang Mai

Thailand's cultural heart awaits you in Chiang Mai, a 700-year-old city caught between two worlds. Thai tradition and customs are still very much alive in this city and they...

Education Abroad Network - Wellington - Victoria University of Wellington

New Zealand : Wellington

Victoria University of Wellington has a student population of nearly 20,000 and welcomes over 4,000 new students every year. Life on campus is cosmopolitan with the University...

Education Abroad Network - Shanghai - Fudan University

China : Shanghai

Fudan is the leading university in Shanghai and one of the top universities in China. It was founded in 1905 and today is at the forefront of cultivating talent for modern...

Education Abroad Network - Auckland - University of Auckland

New Zealand : Auckland

Considered as New Zealand's largest educational institution, the University of Auckland caters to more than 27,000 students with the inclusion of over 1,000 international...

Education Abroad Network - Gold Coast - Griffith University

Australia : Brisbane, Gold Coast

Griffith University includes five campuses in south-eastern Queensland, with the main campus located on the beautiful Gold Coast. Just 50 miles south of Brisbane and home...

Education Abroad Network - Brisbane - University of Queensland

Australia : Brisbane

The University of Queensland (UQ) is the oldest and largest university in Queensland with enrollment around 29,000 students, including 3,500 international students. Founded...

Education Abroad Network - Dunedin - University of Otago

New Zealand : Dunedin

The University of Otago was established in Dunedin in 1869, making it New Zealand's oldest university. With approximately 22,000 students, Otago has a wide range of student...

Education Abroad Network - Sydney - University of Sydney

Australia : Sydney

Australia's first university, the University of Sydney, offers a diverse range of courses and highly experienced teachers. With over 29,000 students and 4,000 international...

Education Abroad Network -Newcastle- University of Newcastle

Australia : Newcastle

The University of Newcastle was established in 1965 and hosts more than 17,000 students, of which 4,500 are international students. The university offers extensive student...

Education Abroad Network - Wellington and Palmerston North - Massey University

New Zealand

With students from more than 85 countries Massey University offers a diverse learning environment and has a history of encouraging internationalism through its many programs....

Education Abroad Network - Study Abroad in Thailand and Cambodia

-Multi-Country Locations : Cambodia, Thailand

The South East Asia Comparative Semester (SEACS) offers endless opportunities for growth and adventure in one of the most exciting and diverse areas of the world. Culturally...

Education Abroad Network - Australian Environment, Wildlife and Conservation

Australia : Ayers Rock, Great Barrier Reef and 1 other city , Sydney Show less

Students will travel to five distinct regions of Australia over 6 weeks on an adventure that will highlight the significance of Australia's natural heritage to its indigenous...

Education Abroad Network - Sydney - Macquarie University

Australia : Sydney

With enrollment over 25,000 including 5,100 international students Macquarie is emerging as one of the most international universities in the world. Macquarie University...

Education Abroad Network - Gold Coast - Bond University Summer Program

Australia : Gold Coast

Due to it's trimester calendar, Bond University offers the unique opportunity to spend the months of May - August in Gold Coast, Australia. With courses from Humanities &...

Education Abroad Network - Melbourne - University of Melbourne

Australia : Melbourne

As the second most populous city in Australia with 3.5 million people, Melbourne is regarded as one of the world's most livable cities. As Australia's cultural, culinary,...

Education Abroad Network - The Southeast Asian Studies Summer School

Thailand : Chiang Mai

Spend a summer in Chiang Mai, the cultural heart of Thailand famous for its temples, enduring traditions, jungle-covered mountains complete with hill-tribe villages and elephants....

Education Abroad Network - Cairns and Townsville - James Cook University

Australia : Cairns, Townsville

At James Cook University you will enjoy a unique natural environment while taking classes toward your degree at your home institution. JCU's main campuses are located in

Education Abroad Network - University of Canterbury

New Zealand : Christchurch

New Zealand's second oldest university, the University of Canterbury is located in Christchurch, the largest city in the South Island. The university's modern, well-equipped...

Education Abroad Network - Wollongong - University of Wollongong

Australia : Wollongong

The University of Wollongong, established in 1951, is now a medium-sized university by Australian standards. More than 13,000 students, including 2,400 international students...

Education Abroad Network - Beijing - University of International Business and Economics

China : Beijing

The University of International Business and Economics (UIBE) is considered one of China's most international universities with more than 1,800 international students in

Education Abroad Network - Internships in Australia

Australia : Brisbane, Melbourne and 2 other cities , Perth, Sydney Show less

The Education Abroad Network currently offers several types of study abroad internship placements for students and individuals interested in gaining valuable work experience...

Education Abroad Network - Energy Tomorrow: An Engineering and Management Perspective

Australia : Alice Springs, Cairns and 2 other cities , Darwin, Sydney Show less

This six-week course for engineering students explores energy and sustainability, with a focus on new developments in energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies....

Education Abroad Network - Christchurch - Lincoln University

New Zealand : Christchurch

Only 12 miles from Christchurch, the largest city on the South Island of New Zealand, Lincoln University's beautiful campus is also near the small rural town of Lincoln.

Education Abroad Network - Thailand and Vietnam

-Multi-Country Locations : Thailand, Vietnam

For students who wish to explore more of Southeast Asia, the South East Asia Comparative Studies Semester hosted by Chiang Mai University in Chiang Mai, allows you to explore...

Education Abroad Network - Beijing - Tsinghua University

China : Beijing

Tsinghua University, located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing, was established in 1911 on the site of a former royal garden of the Qing Dynasty. The cultivated landscape,...

Education Abroad Network - Undergraduate and Graduate Degrees in Australia and New Zealand

-Multi-Country Locations : Australia, New Zealand

The Education Abroad Network (TEAN) will assist you in finding the right program in Australia or New Zealand where you can earn your Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or...

Education Abroad Network - Tourism and Recreation Management: Sustaining the Attraction of Australia

Australia : Alice Springs, Ayers Rock and 5 other cities , Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Gold Coast, Sydney Show less

This six-week course is lead by an expert in tourism and recreation management in Australia, in partnership with The University of New South Wales. The ninety-hour program...

Education Abroad Network - Perth - University of Notre Dame

Australia : Perth

The University of Notre Dame has intentionally remained a small university in order to allow personalized, individual attention for students to insure their studies are a...

Education Abroad Network - Melbourne - RMIT University

Australia : Melbourne

Victoria's most popular university, RMIT University, has a total enrollment of 45,000 students, 7,000 of which are international students, making RMIT Australia's most international...

Education Abroad Network - Brisbane - Queensland University of Technology

Australia : Brisbane

With enrollment around 40,000, QUT is one of Australia's largest universities. Queensland University of Technology has over 5,000 international students representing over...

Education Abroad Network - Melbourne - Deakin University

Australia : Geelong, Melbourne

Located in Victoria, the smallest mainland state in Australia, Deakin University is one of the top-ranked research universities in Australia. Deakin was named 'University...

TEAN: Korea University International Summer Campus

South Korea : Seoul

Spend the summer in Seoul, capital of South Korea and one of the world's most exciting cities. Study at Korea University with The Education Abroad Network and choose from...

Education Abroad Network - Auckland - AUT University

New Zealand : Auckland

Travel to New Zealand on The Education Abroad Network study program at AUT University. Apart from a wide range of course choices, the program offers a glimpse into Polynesian...

Education Abroad Network - Seoul - Korea University

South Korea : Seoul

Benefit from the experience of studying at one of Asia's top universities and taking classes alongside both Korean students and fellow international students. Live on campus...

TEAN: Shanghai Summer School

China : Shanghai

Study abroad for the Summer in Shanghai at Fudan University, constantly ranked in the top three universities in China. The Fudan International Summer School in partnership...

Education Abroad Network - China Internship Program

China : Beijing, Shanghai

The China Internship Program gives students and recent college graduates an opportunity to work with some of Asia's leading organizations and ensures they will receive training...

Education Abroad Network - International Business: Australia and Southeast Asia

Australia : Cairns, Canberra and 3 other cities , Darwin, Kakadu, Sydney Show less

This course is coordinated through The University of New South Wales's Australian School of Business within the Faculty of Banking and Finance. This school provides extensive...

Education Abroad Network - Sydney - University of Notre Dame

Australia : Sydney

Partake in an intellectually-enriching international learning program through The Education Abroad Network. Students get the chance to study at the The University of Notre...

Education Abroad Network - Sydney - University of Technology Sydney (UTS)

Australia : Sydney

The University of Technology, Sydney (UTS) is located near the city center and major public transport routes. The city provides easy access to the spectacular harbor and

Education Abroad Network - Perth - University of Western Australia

Australia : Perth

The University of Western Australia (UWA) is Western Australia's oldest university and has acquired an international reputation for academic excellence and achievement. The...

Education Abroad Network - Perth - Murdoch University

Australia : Perth

With approximately 1,500 international students from more than 50 different countries, Murdoch University is a vibrant and cosmopolitan institution that is benefiting from...

Education Abroad Network - Melbourne - Monash University

Australia : Melbourne

Monash University, established in 1961, is now Australia's largest university. With enrollment over 45,000 students including at least 10,000 international students from...


Staff Interviews

  • Hannah DeMilta - Outreach Manager

    Hannah DeMilta - Outreach Manager

    Hannah is the Outreach Manager at The Education Abroad Network, and a program alum who studied abroad at Bond University on the Gold Coast of Australia. Her study abroad experience inspired her move back to Sydney after graduation where she has spent the last four years working in digital marketing. Hannah moved to Chicago in 2014 to work from TEAN HQ. She loves brunching, crafting, Laksa, travel, and meeting new people.

    Feeding kangaroos in Sydney, Australia
    Hannah with her new kangaroo friend!

    You studied abroad with TEAN at Bond University on the Gold Coast of Australia, how did this experience serve as a catalyst for your move to Sydney a few years later to work in digital marketing? 

    Honestly, the thought of living abroad had never even crossed my mind until I studied abroad. While I was at Bond University with TEAN, I also completed an internship with their International Admissions Office. My supervisor Kelsey (who would later work for TEAN too) was an American who studied abroad and then moved to Australia. Meeting her helped plant the idea (perhaps on a subconscious level) that I could make that move too. It wasn’t until I returned that I realized what an impact that experience had on me and that I wanted to return to Australia.

    How did you land your first job in Sydney and make that move back to Australia after graduation?

    I knew after studying abroad, that moving back was an option. I spent most of my senior year doing the research and networking online to make it happen. I was offering to virtually intern for free for Australian companies, wrote for a Sydney based PR blog and emailed lots of strangers introducing myself as much as I could. I followed Australian companies, and their employees that I wanted to work for on Twitter. It eventually was responding to a tweet from my then colleague Phil, which turned into an interview and then job offer for a digital agency in Sydney. 

    Enjoying on a jumpy castle Stonehenge

    Hannah on jumpy castle Stonehenge.

    You recently moved to Chicago to work at TEAN’s headquarters, what was the cultural experience like transitioning back to a role in the U.S.? 

    Overall yes, I’ve had some reserve culture shock. Mostly silly moments, like being shocked at portion sizes all over again. In terms of my work, I do think there are some notable differences in the work culture between Australia and the US, but I didn’t necessarily experience the full effect with this move. In Australia I had been working for a Silicon Valley funded start-up with a focus on the US market. Now I’m working for TEAN, a very global company with employees across Australia (and Asia-Pacific). So yes, not your typical professional transition between countries.

    What does a typical day look like as Outreach Manager for The Education Abroad Network?

    It’s different everyday. There is a lot of variety in my work; it’s everything from working with our TEAN ambassadors and developing our content plan on social media, to following up with fair leads and making sure our website is updated. I also have days where I’ll be traveling for study abroad fairs, and speaking directly to students.

    Your background is in PR and deaf culture, how do you bring your knowledge in these two areas to your work as Outreach Manager?

    While I’ve never worked in traditional public relations (media relations). My PR degree has been a great foundation for my career so far. Content creation, curation, and communication are a big part of my role. My minor was in deaf culture, and while it hasn’t helped me directly in my professional life, I’m still happy I completed those studies. I really enjoyed learning about the Deaf community.

    Hugging a giant mango monument

    Hannah sharing some love with a giant mango!

    As the manager of TEAN’s social media, what do you do to connect with potential participants and alumni across your channels?

    We are active on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and also have a TEAN blog. We also have a YouTube channel that we maintain, but we aren’t adding new content on a regular (weekly) basis. Our focus is on these channels I mentioned for now. I pretty strongly believe in picking a few channels and doing them well, rather than trying to be everywhere. User-generated content is an obvious but important part of our content plan. We are in a great position to curate and share what are students are already creating. This speaks to potential, current and past students. In can be both inspirational and relatable!

    If you had to hop on a plane tomorrow, which of TEAN’s programs would you choose to visit and why? 

    I’d head to Seoul to visit Korea University. It’s a place I haven’t been yet, and the newest partnership for TEAN. I’ve loved everything I’ve read about it.

    What’s the most fulfilling part of your role as Outreach Manager for The Education Abroad Network?

    Getting likes on my Instagram photos…. KIDDING! Helping students go abroad is the best part of my job. I know from my own experience what an impact that study abroad experience can have!

    Hannah in a traditional Japanese dress.

    Hannah at a traditional Japanese Ryokan.

  • Cameron Shepherd - Assistant Program Manager

    Cameron Shepherd joined the TEAN crew as an Assistant Program Manager in the spring of 2013. For fun, Cameron likes to pretend like he’s a graphic designer, spend way too much time "Instagramming" photos of his dog (aka. his best friend), and take any and every excuse to travel. His favorite places in the world include Queenstown, New Zealand and Seoul, South Korea. As the Assistant Program Manager, Cameron helps to support TEAN’s marketing teams, from Asia to New Zealand. He loves advising students to help them find the perfect program fit, and creating exciting design and print materials!

    The Education Abroad Network Alumni and Staff at the University of Dayton Study Abroad Fair
    Photo op at the University of Dayton Study Abroad Fair with TEAN alum Matt and Kaylie. Kaylie has since joined the TEAN team in Chicago as a full time staff member!

    You grew up in the Midwest (Indiana to be exact), what triggered you to venture abroad to Italy while in high school?

    I was a big old nerd. Not only did I elect to take Latin as my foreign language, I was very active in my high school’s Latin Club or “Junior Classical League” (for those in the know).  When the opportunity arose to tour Italy with my Latin teacher and a group of my peers, I begged and pleaded until my parents let me go. I haven’t stopped exploring since!

    What advice would you give to other young men from the Midwest as to why they should study abroad? 

    Get out of there! Not in a “leave and never come back” kind of way, but there is a lot of world to see and if you don’t prioritize it now, when will you? These things only get tougher with age and increased responsibility. Nothing will challenge you more or open your eyes wider than experiencing the world from the other side of the globe.

    The Hongi, a Maori traditional greeting in New Zealand.

    Experiencing a traditional Maori greeting (the Hongi) in New Zealand.

    You’ve traveled through much of Europe and Asia, which spot has been most impactful, and where would you most like to visit next?

    It’s impossible to name the “most impactful” spot, but the short list would include the following. Italy, for opening my eyes to the world, South Korea, for teaching me what it means to take a risk, and New Zealand, for showing me another place I’d like to call home. Next on my wish list are Australia, South Africa, and the Scandinavian countries.

    You help manage the applications for students interested in studying abroad in New Zealand, China, and South Korea. What advice would you give to prospective applicants to these programs?

    For any student planning to study abroad, I think it’s really important to be honest with yourself. What do you want to accomplish? What are your academic and personal goals? What is going to challenge you the most? I am very lucky to be able to work on such different programs. Students who choose to study abroad in New Zealand, China, and South Korea are usually quite adventurous and ready to take on a variety of challenges. This makes my job pretty fun.

    You're also involved in marketing and design for TEAN outside of your role as Assistant Program Manager, what does a typical day look like for you?

    Every day is different, and I wouldn’t have it any other way. On any given day I could be found advising students over the phone, designing marketing materials, processing applications, traveling to a campus event, or helping to plan an orientation.

    TEAN staff members during the TEAN NZ Auckland orientation.

    Taking a break with TEAN fellow staff members Alice and Rachel during the TEAN NZ Auckland Orientation

    You were involved in music during your time at Ball State University, and even worked as a performer for a number of years after graduation. Do you apply your artistic talents to your role at TEAN in any way?

    I very rarely break into song and dance, but I definitely get to expend some of my creative energy here. We’re a pretty creative brunch, and we spend a lot of time collaborating on projects. I’m also lucky enough to do some in-house graphic design work, so I get to spend a fair amount of time being artistic that way.

    You spent more than a year working in South Korea, how did you bring your cultural knowledge to the formation of TEAN’s new South Korea programming?

    When the partnership between TEAN and Korea University was announced I was thrilled.  I’ve been super lucky to work alongside the Director staff at TEAN to assist in developing program details and inclusions. I now have the pleasure of talking about one of my favorite places in the world with students on a regular basis, which is a dream. Working on a new program, no matter how familiar you might be with the destination, has challenges, but it’s been an exciting one.

    A city view of Seoul, South Korea.

    Taking in Seoul from above after a long hike. 

    What’s the most fulfilling part of your role as Assistant Program Manager at TEAN?

    Student interaction, without a doubt. From where I sit, there is nothing more spectacular than the developing a relationship with a student and seeing them go through the whole study abroad process (from application to return and everything in between). Witnessing the profound and meaningful change students undergo during this experience is priceless.  If I’m lucky, I even get to meet them in country at the start of their semester or catch up with them upon their return to the States.

  • Julie Tuman - Regional Director

    Julie fell into internationalization through a fortuitous chain of events – from following her best friend to Germany, to shrugging her soon-to-graduate shoulders and deciding to go to China, to gently “stalking” a local study abroad provider to gain entry into the field. Little did she know that these events would lead to an exceedingly rewarding career in the field of international education. Most recently, Julie joined the TEAN campus relations team, traveling throughout the mid-Atlantic and South chatting up anyone and everyone who’s interested.

    The Education Abroad Network Staff members in Sydney, Australia
    Julie with colleagues Lindsey and Jay in Sydney.

    You studied abroad in Germany while in college at Appalachian State University, why did you choose Germany as a Chinese history major?

    I wish I could say that I chose Germany with some academically critical, highly interesting reason. However, the simple fact of the matter is that my best friend was studying German and she wanted to go on a faculty-led program over the summer, and told me she wanted me to go with her. So, I went. At that point in my life, it was the only way I would have gone abroad, was the perfect first step for me, and led to spending years abroad, traveling all over the place, and getting into this field.

    You have an extensive background in Chinese, and even taught in China for two years, how do you apply this experience and knowledge to your role at The Education Abroad Network?

    I think there are a lot of challenges getting students to China – a lot of fear about what it will really be like, and some preconceived notions from the media, parents, friends, etc. about why one shouldn’t go to China. I loved my time in China – it was the most eye-opening set of experiences I have ever had, and I grew so much as a result. I can honestly say that I am who I am as a result of my time abroad. I bring that experience into so many conversations I have with students and their parents.

    The focus of your Master’s degree from UMass Amherst was Chinese, and you also spent time in Taiwan, what part of the world would you most like to visit next?

    Good question! The next three on my list are Greece, Morocco, and Vietnam – depending on the day, weather, my mood, and what I feel like eating, the order changes, but it is definitely those three.

    A person in a BBQ dinner.

    Julie at a BBQ dinner.

    What sets TEAN’s study and intern abroad programs apart from other programs?

    So much. We are a highly detail oriented, hands-on organization, with an emphasis on staff training and on-the-ground experience. I’d been with TEAN for only two weeks when they sent me to Australia for a two-week site visit. We are personalized and have a lot of contact with our students. When I meet alumni on campus, they still remember everyone from TEAN by name. It’s also important to note that we are regional experts and have chosen to remain true to our roots in the Asia Pacific. As a result, we have comprehensive knowledge and expertise in the locations where we offer programs. Oh man, I know I’m biased… but I could go on and on about what makes our programs fabulous!

    What does a typical day look like as a Regional Director for The Education Abroad Network?

    Oh-so-glamorous, of course! During recruitment season, it’s a hot Holiday Inn Express breakfast, followed by a drive to some university campus; meetings, events, and lots of excited conversations pursue; usually there’s a boxed lunch with a sandwich, piece of fruit, chips, and cookies somewhere in there; then back to the car for a drive to the next city – fingers crossed that it isn’t rush-hour and the two to three hour drive doesn’t turn into five-plus hour drive; to the hotel, to get to work, emailing everyone from that day, following up on emails that have come through, and general housekeeping; dinner likely occurs, and then sleep. Wake up and repeat.

    Throughout your long tenure in international education, what’s one roadblock you see study abroad students face? How is TEAN working to address this?

    I think fear is the greatest road block for students – fear of the cost, fear of leaving home, fear of going to a new place, fear of making a mistake, fear of getting behind academically, and so on. As I mentioned, TEAN is a hands-on organization so when students call, the phone is answered by a person, rather than an automated answering machine with menu options. So many of those fears that I mentioned are addressed through a conversation with our team. We work diligently to educate students and their parents on the realities of studying abroad, from costs, to academics, to support onsite and tips on cultural integration.

    What’s the most fulfilling part of your role as Regional Director for The Education Abroad Network?

    That moment, when a student realizes they are actually going abroad in the coming semester – the pieces all fall into place and elation follows. So amazing!

    Friends in Melbourne, Australia.

    Julie with colleagues Jay and Lindsey in Melbourne.

  • Kate Hilby - Program Manager

    Kate Hilby - TEAN Program Manager

    Kate Hilby is a Program Manager for The Education Abroad Network, working with students who are studying abroad in New Zealand. She discovered her passion for travel and international education while studying abroad with TEAN at Deakin University in Melbourne, Australia. When she returned, Kate was a TEAN ambassador at the University of Iowa. After graduation, she returned to Melbourne where she worked for a university on the Marketing and Student Recruitment team before returning to the U.S. and joining TEAN.

    You’re an alumna of TEAN’s Deakin University program in Melbourne, Australia. How did your experience abroad affect your decision to move back to Melbourne and work in Marketing and Student Recruitment for a year?


Study abroad students at 12 Apostles in Australia.

    Kate at the 12 apostles with friend Caitlin.

    I absolutely fell in love with Melbourne during my semester abroad – great shopping, food, sport, people, coffee, and nightlife – what’s not to love? I knew at the end of my semester that I didn’t get enough of Melbourne while I was there and had to move back after graduation. Going abroad with TEAN made it easy to seamlessly transition into life in Melbourne right after arriving, which made it much easier to move back after graduation.

    You served as a TEAN Ambassador upon your return, what did you do on the University of Iowa campus to increase awareness of TEAN’s programming?

    I had such a great experience with TEAN that I wanted other students to know about it and encourage them to participate as well. I would visit sorority and fraternities during their chapter meetings, host information sessions, table for hours at Old Capitol Mall on campus chatting with students that came past, present in lecture halls with 300 plus students and help with the study abroad fair. 


Study abroad students canyoning

    Kate canyoning with a TEAN group.

    What does your role as the Program Manager for TEAN’s programs look like on a day-to-day basis?

    Everyday tends to be a bit a different, but in general I work with our New Zealand and Short Course programs. I work directly with students advising them on destinations abroad, course selections, housing, flights as well as preparing their applications.

    What sets The Education Abroad Network’s programs apart from other study and intern abroad programs?

    Besides the fact that we specialize in the Asia Pacific, and we know this region back to front, I think what also really sets TEAN apart is the focus on each individual student. For example, Team NZ has three people on it and each of us gets to know each student well, and we’re able to advise them on the best program fit for what they’re looking for. We see them all the way through the process from the moment they apply (and sometimes even before), to meeting them in Fiji for their pre-semester excursion, and then New Zealand for the TEAN orientation.


Study abroad students at One Tree Hill in New Zealand.

    Kate at One Tree Hill with TEAN students.

    Another thing that sets TEAN apart is that staff travel and experience abroad is a priority. We all have been able to go on site visits and assist with orientations in-country, which gives us hands on experience with each location. It is really beneficial when working with students, as we’re able to talk from first hand experience of our programs. 

    What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to a student applying to one of TEAN’s programs in New Zealand?

    My biggest piece of advice for students going abroad is to make sure you’re actively engaging in your local environment. Whether it be going for coffee with a classmate, getting a job or joining a club on campus – it’ll make your experience so much more fulfilling if you have memories with not only your fellow TEAN participants, but with locals as well. Part of this is sticking around your host city – of course you’ll want to travel and see as much of the country as possible, but there is definitely something to be said for sticking around on the weekends and getting out and about with locals.


The Education Abroad Network Staff at the Thai Festival in Chicago, USA

    Kate attending the Thai festival in Chicago with other TEAN colleagues.

    If you could explore another one of TEAN’s destinations, which one would you choose and why?

    There are still quite a few locations within Australia and New Zealand I’d still really like to explore. Outside of those two countries, I would like to check out Thailand and release a lantern during the Buddhist celebration, Yi Peng.

    What is the best part of working for The Education Abroad Network?

    The best part of working at TEAN is hands down the people. Whether it is students, parents, advisors or colleagues, every day at TEAN I am able to interact with incredible people. I get to come to work in an upbeat and energetic environment with amazing colleagues who all share the common goal of helping students experience a semester or summer abroad.

  • Shannon Diegel - Assistant Program Manager

    Shannon Deigel - TEAN Assistant Program Manager

    Shannon is an Assistant Program Manager for The Education Abroad Network (TEAN). She works primarily on TEAN’s Southeast Asia and Summer programs. Shannon studied abroad while attending Loyola University Chicago, which influenced her to move to Bangkok, Thailand to teach English after graduation. Upon returning back to the U.S., she launched her career in international education, helping U.S. high school students study abroad. She is currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in International Education at the SIT Graduate Institute.

    You studied abroad with Semester at Sea while in college at Loyola University of Chicago. How did this experience affect your decision to teach English abroad in Thailand? 


Study abroad students looking at a map

    Shannon perusing a map!

    Studying on Semester at Sea taught me how to feel comfortable when pushed outside my comfort zone. Since we traveled to various locations and were in some ports for only a short period of time, we had to jump in and make the most of our time in country. While I was a little nervous to move to Thailand (I had a momentary breakdown on the flight over), I knew that I had the tools to adjust and make the most of an exciting adventure. 

    Part of your role includes working on short courses, which typically take place over the summer months. What draws students to this type of study abroad experience?

    There are many obstacles for some students studying abroad such as the cost of programs and the time commitment away from a student’s home campus. I love working on the short-course programs so I can help students maximize their time abroad with less-expensive options that don’t interfere with a students on-campus course load. TEAN has some amazing summer programs that ensure students make the most of their time abroad. 


Study abroad student at an event in Panama

    Shannon in Panama.

    You’re currently finishing up a Master’s in International Education from SIT, how are you applying your learning to your work at TEAN?

    Generally, my courses at SIT have showed me how international education is beneficial not only for an individual student studying abroad, but also for the host and home societies. Immersing yourself in another culture breaks down stereotypes and prejudices, as does hosting or befriending people from other backgrounds. Specifically, my work at SIT has taught me the importance of developing study abroad programs that ensure a student is well prepared for their experience so they feel a level of comfort that allows them to become an active part of their host community.

    What does a typical day look like as Assistant Program Manager for The Education Abroad Network? 

    Everyday is very different at TEAN. Since I work on the Short-Course and the Southeast Asia programs, I spend a lot of time helping to prepare students and assisting them with their applications. I also answer parent and student questions and coordinate logistics for our short programs. Helping to organize the study abroad fairs that TEAN attends can take up a lot of my time as well. This fall TEAN visited more than 120 partner schools! I also travel to help out at some study abroad fairs, and it great to meet students in person. Being able to meet students preparing to study abroad, or those that are currently studying abroad, is one of the best parts of my job.


Taking a picture while on a boat, traveling in Alaska

    Shannon getting some photography in while traveling to Alaska.

    Known for being the Asia-Pacific specialists, how does The Education Abroad Network manage to keep the programming so personalized to students? 

    I think that TEAN is able to keep the programming so personalized for students because everyone in the office is really familiar with our program destinations. All of us have travelled in the Asia Pacific, when we start working with TEAN we visit our programs abroad, and have additional opportunities to revisit our program locations. It gives us a great advantage to help better prepare students and help advise students on a program that would best fit their needs. 

    What’s the most important piece of advice you would give to a student headed to one of TEAN’s programs in Southeast Asia? 


The Education Abroad Network Staff with mascot dog

    Shannon with Cora, a proud TEAN fan!

    To narrow it down to just one piece of advice it so difficult! I would say engage one new person in conversation every day. It is easy to say that the language barrier might prevent this, but you would be surprised with how easy it is to communicate with a limited host-country language level. In engaging in these small conversations you can learn a lot and develop connections with the people in your community. It could be a conversation with your neighbor that is always sitting outside as you walk to class, your favorite Thai noodle stand owner, or a student on campus, which really impacts your experience. When you return home, it is these people that you will miss the most! 

    What’s the favorite part of working at the TEAN office in Chicago? 

    I love working at TEAN because helping students experience a part of the world that had such an impact on me personally, is awesome. It’s so cool to work for an organization that has a strong focus on the student’s experience and really believes in facilitating life-changing experiences for the students. Talking with the students and their parents make every day different and exciting. The TEAN staff based in Chicago also make coming to work everyday enjoyable. We have some traditions that contribute to an awesome office culture, such as making lunch together on Fridays. I am lucky to work at a place that has a great mission and great people!