When we say Education First,
we mean it

When learners study abroad, every moment is an opportunity for growth. With EF College Study, those moments venture into personal, academic, and professional development. With our programs, you’ll have the support of educators and travel experts, gain access to our new Global Competencies Assessment, and help students build critical skills for an increasingly connected world—all within a structured learning framework.

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Our academic leaders

Marissa Lombardi, Ed.D. | VP, Academic Affairs & Strategic Partnerships
Dr. Lombardi brings extensive higher education experience to her role as College Study’s senior academic leader. She oversees outcomes assessment, partners with faculty on curriculum integration, identifies new opportunities in international higher ed. and develops strategic partnerships.

Previously, she was Director of the Master of Science in Global Studies and International Relations program at Northeastern University and Faculty Scholar at their Center for Advancing Teaching and Learning through Research. She also served as dean of students at Lorenzo de’ Medici International Institute in Florence, Italy.
Colin Shaw, Ph.D. | VP, Program Design
Dr. Shaw’s logistics and operations expertise ensures alignment between our industry engagement experiences and the discipline-specific learning objectives of our faculty Group Leaders. In his role, Dr. Shaw ensures the quality of each component to provide our customers with an unparalleled experience while abroad.

Dr. Shaw holds M.S., M.Phil., and Ph.D. degrees from the University of Cambridge and lectured at universities in England, the U.S. and Canada. He is a published author in several academic journals and has backpacked through more than 40 countries.

Built on learning

Global experiential learning? Check.
Cultural immersion? Check.
Interdisciplinary growth? Triple check.

International educational experiences have been part of EF's DNA since our founding in 1965. Take a look at other divisions within EF that share our dedication to academic excellence.

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