The Education Abroad Network

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About The Education Abroad Network

Year Founded: 1995

Winner of the GoAbroad.com 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 - 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 - Sydney - University of New South Wales

Australia : Sydney

Study abroad in Australia at the University of New South Wales (UNSW), the countrys leading international university. The University has over 65,000 students, 6,500 of which...

Education Abroad Network - Chiang Mai University

Thailand : Chiang Mai

The Education Abroad Network offers students the opportunity to study in Thailand at Chiang Mai University. Chiang Mai is a 700-year-old city caught between two worlds. Thai...

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 - 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 environment with...

Education Abroad Network - Shanghai - Fudan University

China : Shanghai

Study at Fudan University, the leading university in Shanghai. Founded in 1905, it is now one of the top universities in China and is a leader in cultivating talent for the...

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 -Newcastle- University of Newcastle

Australia : Newcastle

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

Education Abroad Network - Sydney - University of Sydney

Australia : Sydney

Discover Australia through various Australian and Pacific Rim studies, including Aboriginal studies, Australian history, government and literature. The University of Sydney...

Education Abroad Network - Brisbane - University of Queensland

Australia : Brisbane

University of Queensland is an internationally recognized premier research institution that is one of the oldest and largest university, and the State's leading center of...

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 - Study Abroad in Thailand and Cambodia

-Multi-Country Locations : Cambodia, Thailand

The Education Abroad Network South East Asia Comparative Semester offers endless opportunities for growth and adventure in two of the most exciting and diverse countries

Education Abroad Network - Wellington and Palmerston North - Massey University

New Zealand : Palmerston North, Wellington

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 - Melbourne - University of Melbourne

Australia : Melbourne

The Education Abroad Network program offers international students the chance to enroll at the University of Melbourne, a large research-intensive and comprehensive institution...

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 - Cairns and Townsville - James Cook University

Australia : Cairns, Townsville

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

Education Abroad Network - The Southeast Asian Studies Summer School

Thailand : Chiang Mai

Spend a summer in Chiang Mai, the cultural capital of Thailand known for its temples, enduring traditions, jungle-covered mountains, hill-tribe villages, and elephants. This...

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 led by an expert in tourism and recreation management in Australia, and is provided in partnership with The University of New South Wales. The ninety-hour...

Education Abroad Network - Wollongong - University of Wollongong

Australia : Wollongong

Experience laid back lifestyle of the Aussies through a study program offered by TEAN. Based in Gwynneville, the University of Wollongong offers a comprehensive academic

Education Abroad Network - Melbourne - RMIT University

Australia : Melbourne

Study at RMIT University, the most popular university in Victoria with 45,000 enrollees. 7,000 of these enrollees are international students, making RMIT the most culturally...

Education Abroad Network - Sydney - Macquarie University

Australia : Sydney

The Education Abroad Network provides participants in its Study Australia program the option to tour the Great Barrier Reef and Tropical North Queensland before enrolling...

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 - Gold Coast - Bond University Summer Program

Australia : Gold Coast

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

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

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

The Education Abroad Network Energy Tomorrow: An Engineering and Management Perspective program is a six-week course for engineering students that explores energy and sustainability,...

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 offers several types of study abroad internship placements for students and individuals interested in gaining valuable work experience in Australia....

Education Abroad Network - Christchurch - Lincoln University

New Zealand : Christchurch

The Education Abroad Network offers students the opportunity to study in New Zealand at Lincoln University. Only 12 miles from Christchurch, the largest city on the South...

Education Abroad Network - Thailand and Vietnam

-Multi-Country Locations : Thailand, Vietnam

Take an incredible study trip to Southeast Asia. Enroll in the South East Asia Comparative Studies Semester facilitated by The Education Abroad Network. Program location

Education Abroad Network - Beijing - Tsinghua University

China : Beijing

Tsinghua University is located in the northwestern suburbs of Beijing. The site was formerly a royal garden of the Qing Dynasty. One of the great universities of China,

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

-Multi-Country Locations : Australia, New Zealand

Successfully complete your Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, or PhD in New Zealand or Australia through the assistance of The Education Abroad Network (TEAN). They do not...

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

Australia : Sydney

Students take courses at the University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), which is conveniently located near the major public routes and the city center. They will be within easy...

Education Abroad Network - Perth - University of Notre Dame

Australia : Perth

Study at the University of Notre Dame, an institution that was intentionally kept small so they can provide individual, personalized attention to students. They focus on

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

The Education Abroad Network Study Australia program offers students the opportunity to enroll at Deakin University, one of Australia's top-ranked research universities,

Education Abroad Network - Summer in Singapore

Singapore : Singapore City

Live in Singapore and spend the summer exploring the skyscrapers of the central business district, one of the many ethnic neighborhoods, or the beautiful beaches of Sentosa....

Education Abroad Network - Singapore Managment University

Singapore : Singapore City

Spend a semester in Singapore at the Singapore Management University where students have the opportunity to experience the country's diverse and vibrant culture while enrolling...

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 - 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, an institution constantly ranked among the top three universities in China. The Fudan International Summer School,...

Education Abroad Network - China Internship Program

China : Beijing, Shanghai

The Education Abroad Network China Internship Program gives students and recent college graduates the opportunity to work with some of Asia's leading organizations and ensures...

Education Abroad Network - International Business: Australia and Southeast Asia

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

The Education Abroad Network International Business: Australia and Southeast Asia program is a course coordinated through The University of New South Wales' Australian School...

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 - International Sports Program

Australia : Blue Mountains, Cairns and 1 other city , Sydney Show less

This program is organized in conjunction with Michigan State University Office of Study Abroad. The International Sports Program offers a unique educational opportunity

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

Study at Murdoch University through Education Abroad Network. The University offers a vibrant and cosmopolitan campus culture. Murdoch University has approximately 1,500...

Education Abroad Network - Melbourne - Monash University

Australia : Melbourne

The Education Abroad Network offers students the opportunity to travel throughout Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji before heading to their host campus, Monash University....

Alumni Interviews

Staff Interviews

  • 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!