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Unrivaled Education Services and Faculty-Led Tours
With thousands happy students and 40 university visits annually, WSA helps students bridge cultural gaps in a number of ways. Our travel experts and local guides are ready to assist in local orientations, provide logistical support for regional and international field trips, and get involved in your orientation.
Each year, our team presents student workshops for over 40 universities and study abroad programs. Our school partners integrate cultural awareness workshops into orientation schedules to help students get off on the right foot. We discuss:
- Safety while studying abroad and traveling
- Ideas and inspiration to connect with their home culture and city
- Practical tips on avoiding tourist traps and how to save money while studying abroad
- Ways to get off the beaten path and out of students' American bubbles
If you would like to host a WSA representative at your campus or program, please get in touch with us here.
WSAEurope.com hosts numersou travel and study abroad resources that answer the questions we've heard from students semester after semester. We know you get the same questions over and over again--we do too, but they're often different. We would love to share our insider tips and information to your students via your online resources.
Read up on our resources here.
Where you're looking for guides to help with local orientations, or you're organizing a faculty-led excursion to a far-off destination, we likely have some professional, fun and knowledgeable local guides and resources for you! We have developed an extensive network across the most popular cities in Europe, and can provide itineraries, contacts, restaurants, accommodation, transportation and more.
Get in touch with us and let us know how we can help you here.
Travel is the best way to experience the world, and we've taken every possible step to ensure students' safety while exploring new and foreign cities with our local guides. We recognize that we're providing a tour service to students, but academic administrators are also stakeholders in their safety. We've found the perfect mixture of fun, history, learning and culture all done so in a safe environment. We're active in industry conferences and are vigilant in consistently evaluating and improving our safety protocol.
Safety Protocol: We've designed our trips with numerous layers of best practices. We refresh these safety protocols at our annual guide summit based on real life lessons and feedback received each season.
- Certified & Prepared: Our local guides know their home town like the back of their hand and speak the local language. They each have years of experience and in-depth training as certified guides to handle ensure safety.
- Guide's contact information provided and available at all hours, and WSA staff on-call 24/7 during tour
- Key local contacts provided: Includes US Consulate, English-speaking Hospital and Hostel.
- Travel Advisory web site monitored at http://travel.state.gov, study abroad information available at http://studentsabroad.state.gov/.
- All guides are CPR trained and certified
Corporate Risk Management: We're proud of our travel expertise and work hard to continue building the WSA brand. To ensure the highest quality tours and travel insight at our travel workshops, here's what we can guarantee:
- Fully licensed: Limited Liability Company Headquartered in Washington State, USA.
- Fully Insured with Bershire Hathaway Travel Protection Insurance
- Corporate Advisory Board: Includes veterans in the travel industry
- Experienced Staff: Team includes professionals who combined have decades of travel experience in Europe.
We work hard to earn great reviews. Here are a few from past programs that we've worked with:
"I'm a professor of a study abroad program for university students in Barcelona, Spain, and I had WSA's tour guide for Barcelona, Luke Watson, lead my program on a discussion of history and culture in Barcelona and Catalunya. What a cultural expert! Luke knows Barcelona and his discussion was both knowledgeable and engaging. As much as I valued his level of knowledge on the past and present of this diverse region of Spain, I was equally impressed with his local expertise. He knows the best ways to get away from the overly-touristy façade of Barcelona and experience the area like a local. From my own personal experience as an expat, I know first-hand that achieving that type of insight takes a lot of time and experience, and Luke (and WSA) seem to have it in spades. If this is what the rest of WSA’s tour guides are like (and I have a hunch that they are), then WSA will always have a place in my study abroad programs.”
"Last weekend, Stint Ireland took our summer group of international interns on a WSA trip to Prague. Adi was an amazing tour guide. He led us on a wonderful tour of the enchanting city of Prague. We were able to see all the main attractions in Prague but Adi's local know-how proved valuable and added depth to the tour as we got to see things like a paternoster elevator. The hostel where we stayed was in a great location but it's really the wonderful Adi that made the tour special. Thanks, Adi and WSA Europe!" (TripAdvisor)
"I took 50 singers, ages 12 through 19 to Rome for an International Choir Festival. We were in Rome for 5 days. WSA took care of our meals, sightseeing, and guided us through the metro, bus, and tram public transportation in Rome! Our guide Elena was energetic, helpful, informative, and catered to all of our needs. She kept us informed, educated, and motivated the group. Elena accommodated us and made sure that we were first and foremost prepared for our choir performances. The WSA team catered to all of our needs, and simplified some of the logistical challenges of traveling with a large group. One of the best ideas was having our sandwiches and ice cold waters delivered to us en route - a big thank you to Giorgio, who took care of our lunch meals. This saved us a lot of time. I appreciated the way WSA heard our needs and understood the challenge of maneuvering through Rome. They understood the needs of young people, when they need a break, great dining experiences, and the priority of the choir festival. THANK YOU - WSA!" (TripAdvisor)
- Leanna K, Seattle Children's Chorus
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Get in touch with us to learn more about WSA's safe travel resources, or to schedule your program's student workshop. (Availability is limited. WSA Workshops are a free service for our partner universities.)
This past weekend, I traveled to Budapest with WSA with a couple of friends from my university abroad, and I couldn't have asked for a better trip! After arriving at the hostel, we met Bogi, our tour guide for the weekend, who was instantly friendly and welcoming. Throughout the weekend, Bogi was an amazing guide! She showed us some great places for shopping and food, as well as the top sights around the city. You could tell she loved her job and never passed up an opportunity to share about her hometown and some of its history. She was so friendly and was sincerely interested in us as individuals and did everything she could do accommodate our priorities for the weekend (whether it was food, shopping, nightlife, sightseeing, etc.) I would highly recommend WSA's guided tours for any student studying abroad who wants to explore more than their university's city!Katrina Alford, Concordia University - Irvine ~ AIFS Richmond, Spring 2015
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