An educational and intentional approach to program design

Leading students on an EF College Study program is more than just an incredible travel experience. When learners participate in our intentionally designed programs that leverage our Global Learning Model, they develop global competencies before, during, and after their in-country immersion—deepening learning and accelerating personal development.

Our approach to program design, developed in consultation with leading industry experts using best practices, is grounded in learning outcomes and includes academic resources, curated experiences, and assessments. Explore our approach and talk with a Program Consultant about how our programs can integrate with your learning goals.

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Download our first annual EF College Study Educational Impact Report and learn about the application of this educational philosophy and academic approach, built to enable growth in our travelers and the learning communities that surround them. We measure our impact in both quantifiable and qualitative terms—because in addition to seeing tangible impact, we believe the stories in-between matter as well.

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Building Global Competencies for a brighter future

When learners participate in our intentionally designed programs, they develop global competencies including confidence, curiosity, global knowledge, empathy, adaptability, relatability, and self-awareness. Development of these skills is the end goal we build our program structures around.

The development of these skills has been shown to accelerate success in all aspects of learner’s lives—promoting career growth, global citizenship, life readiness, and more.

The learner journey

On an EF College Study program, you learn more about the world, yourself, and yourself in the world. The learner's study abroad journey begins by challenging assumptions and launching the experience with an open mind in order to gain global perspective, foster interpersonal relationships, and ultimately gain skills to navigate and make an impact in our ever-evolving world.

Blending cultural and educational experiences with academic resources

Experiential learning in the form of study abroad is naturally a powerful engine for growth. But at EF College Study, we always strive for more—which is why our program design layers in additional educational and cultural elements, alongside academic resources, to round out and accelerate learning before, during, and after immersion (with a way to measure it all, too).


Prior to traveling, learners are given access to a variety of resources to help prepare them for their experience in-country, including goal sheets, journal prompts, webinars, and pre-travel discussion topics. We also deliver course planning resources for educators and an optional assessment to benchmark global competencies.

Learn more about the pre-immersion experience →


While on the ground, learners and educators have access to reflection prompts, discussion guides, journaling exercises, and more.

Additionally, each program includes intentionally designed guided learning, community engagement, and independent exploration components, which are all informed by subject matter experts.

Learn more about the in-country experience →


After returning home, learners' journeys continue with access to assignments that tie the in-country experience to their academic, personal, and professional development, along with micro-credentialing. If groups opted in to the pre-immersion assessment, students will take a post-immersion assessment to measure the growth of skill development while abroad and demonstrate evidence of learning.

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Academically-enriched travel programs

Our intentional program design, crafted alongside subject matter experts, translates across a variety of program types to meet your unique needs. All itineraries balance culture with education and include guided learning, community engagement, and independent exploration components.

Our team of experts

Our team of experts and educators are dedicated to developing and evaluating our programs to ensure that all learners who travel on an EF College Study program have access to the most powerful experiences and tools in the industry.

Laura Palma | VP, Program Development (She/her/hers)
Laura works with EF partners in international offices to oversee EF College Study’s program development and brings significant experience in program design and management, previously leading educational programming, events and strategic partnerships for our Educational Tours division. As a trained educator, Laura is passionate about connecting faculty and students to impactful global opportunities.

Working closely with academic affairs, international partners and our EF College Study team, Laura ensures our programming continues to evolve and reflect innovative, relevant, and intentionally curated learning experiences and destinations.

Courtney Grady | Academic Affairs Project Manager (She/her/hers)
Courtney manages the innovative, user-centered projects within our Academic Affairs department. These projects include our EF Global Learning Toolkit, Global Competencies Assessment, connecting with partner institutions’ Career Services to recruit students who have built necessary workplace global competencies through study abroad, and managing learning events that drive an EF curriculum to further develop our international faculty leaders on their campuses.

She’s worked on cross-functional teams within EF including people-centered projects with our Recruitment & Employee Development team as well as tech-based projects with EF Engineering. She studied abroad in Seville, Spain and is passionate about making these study abroad experiences accessible as well as guiding students to articulate their global experience to future employers.

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