Opening the world through education since 1965.

Since 1965, EF Education First’s mission has been opening the world through education. That’s why, every day since, we’ve raised our hand to help millions of people see new places, experience new cultures, and learn new things about the world and themselves.

As the world leader in international education, we’re proud to work with global partners as well as top colleges and universities to create life-changing international experiences that bring learning to life.

Through our gap experiences, global internships, study abroad programming, and more, EF has curated a suite of culturally immersive, international education opportunities for college students and their educators.

Develop custom, 1–12-week faculty-directed programs abroad.

Integrate international experiences into existing home-campus coursework.

Offer credit and coursework abroad to first year students.

Prepare students for college or the workforce through a gap year program.

About EF Education First

For nearly 60 years, EF has facilitated experiential learning programs focused on our four areas of specialization: language, travel, cultural exchange, and academics. With 51,500 team members globally and a presence in over 120 countries, we are the world leader in international education.
What we offer

Custom, faculty-directed study abroad programs

Individual and cohort-based student programs

International experiences for first-semester students

Our partners

The Olympic Games, Paralympic Games, and Special Olympics Games

World Animal Protection

Hult International Business School

The Nobel Prize Museum

The Forum on Education Abroad

The United Nations

The University of Cambridge

Our values

We believe that all students should have access to international travel experiences.

We believe in prioritizing the academic impact of study abroad programs within cultural contexts.

We believe that study abroad planning should be as easy as possible for faculty and administrators so they can stay focused on what matters most: their students.

Connect with EF Education First today.

Mark Beirn


An experienced global researcher and administrator, Mark Beirn brings a critical approach to risk management, factoring structural racism and identity-based violence into his rubric for supporting equitable global mobility.

Specialization Areas:

– Global Risk Management
– Education Abroad
– Diversity, Equity, Inclusion in International Education
– Health and Safety
– Curriculum Development


Stephen Appiah-Padi​


Stephen Appiah-Padi is an international educator with several years of teaching and administrative experience in both 4 and 2-year HEIs. An experienced global education practitioner-scholar, with a demonstrated history of success in the field.

Dr. Appiah-Padi has a Ph.D. from the University of Alberta, Edmonton, Canada in Educational Policy & Administration with a specialization in International/Intercultural Education.

At Northwestern College, he provided oversight in the administration of education abroad and international student services. In Lansing, Michigan, he first oversaw diversity and intercultural education at Lansing Community College, and later created the Center for International and Intercultural Education (CIIE) which merged intercultural engagement and international education programs of the institution, and he became its first director. Additionally, Dr. Appiah-Padi taught a course, “Diversity in the American Workplace”, to undergraduate management students of the College. In his current position, he provides leadership and vision in advancing strategic internationalization initiatives, including international partnerships and study abroad programs at Bucknell University.

Dr Appiah-Padi has created and facilitated several workshops for faculty and staff development in higher education and in business organizations. He has presented at several national and international conferences. In NAFSA, among several volunteer leadership positions, he has served as Dean of the Fundamentals of Intercultural Communication Workshop, the Leadership Development Committee member, Chair of the Africa Special Interest Group, and a Fellow of the Global Fellowship Program for mentoring emerging leaders of internationalization in African HEIs. He currently serves as a member of the NAFSA Board of Directors.

Specialization Areas:

– Education Abroad
– International education leadership development
– Intercultural education and engagement
– International partnerships and linkages

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Rosa Almoguera


Dr. Rosa Almoguera has worked as an international educator for over twenty years. She was trained as a Hispanic Philologist at the Universidad Complutense, in Madrid, and did her M.A. at the University of Pennsylvania. Her Ph.D., from Universidad Complutense included a field study and edition of written balladry “Romancero”. During many years Rosa combined teaching and her role as a senior administrator at the Fundación Ortega-Marañón in Toledo, Spain. At the Foundation, Rosa directed and, in many cases created, programs for the University of Minnesota, Notre Dame, Princeton, Ohio State, Arcadia, and the University of Chicago. She has also been a visiting professor at the University of Minnesota, University of Portland, and Interamericana de Puerto Rico.

Beginning in 2016, Rosa works as an international education consultant for both public and private European and US higher education institutions. Rosa has been successful in developing new partnerships and programs, as well as helping improve already existing ones.

Rosa is a member of Forum and NAFSA and has presented with higher education professionals on innovative academic and research programming, STEM in study abroad and Nationalism in Europe. Rosa is currently completing the final Professional Certification from the Forum on Education Abroad.

Specialization Areas:

– Student services
– Education abroad programming
– Institutional partnerships
– Education and training