Before we switched to Terra Dotta software to handle our incoming J-1 Exchange Visitors, we experienced needless delays in processing, confusion over process and time crunches. After our move to a paperless system, our member schools consider our services timely, accessible, responsive, flexible and professional. Terra Dotta helped us get to where we want to be.
– Douglas Upton
Assistant Director, GEO Center
Colleges of the Fenway
With TDS, we were able to create a simple, linear application with defined roles for all individuals involved, and the incoming students now have a single place to go to get all the information they need. The efficiency of this process in our office has increased exponentially.
– Abbie Naglosky
Study Abroad Coordinator, Abroad & Exchange Programs
We began using Terra Dotta's software for Study Abroad over 5 years ago. It was our desire to spend more time focusing on finding new pathways for our students to go abroad, rather than spending our time filing papers. The results have been dramatic with a 4 fold increase in students going abroad and an explosion of new programs. The tipping point came last year when we acquired the full license and now that we have it, we anticipate being able to serve even more students as our ability to fully utilize and leverage the software increases.
– Daniela Ascarelli
Drexel Study Abroad
We would simply not be able to do our job without StudioAbroad. UF went live in 2006, so our office has a lot of experience with this product and we could not be more pleased with it. TDS has come a long way with constant improvements based on client suggestions. With over 2000 students going abroad each year at UF, we rely on a database that not only hooks up with our student record system, but provides accurate reports for all kinds of purposes. We find the staff at TD responsive and helpful in any situation where we need them, especially during implementation. Our 100% recommendation for this product is without any hesitation.
– Susanne Hill
University of Florida
Things we really like about StudioAbroad:
• Paperless files
• Online applications
• Ability to upload PDFs in batch format to a group of students’ applications
• Creating instant Excel reports
• Batch emailing
• The history log
• Student enter their own information into the system
• Easy access from anywhere
– Erin McKercher
Study Abroad Data and Systems Coordinator
University of Oregon
What StudioAbroad has meant to UC Merced students is 24/7 access to our application process, the ability to submit documents electronically, and the opportunity for students to easily schedule appointments. StudioAbroad has simplified and streamlined much of our application process, reduced the paper intake particularly with electronic signature documents, improved communication tracking, and put more information into the hands of our students to advise themselves.”
– Craig Harmelin
International Affairs & Programs Abroad
University of California, Merced
TDS has made it possible to handle the increasing number of study abroad students at Texas Tech. I can’t imagine working in an office that didn’t have it. The automated reminder system takes the hassle out of keeping students up-to-date on their requirements. And with the increased emphasis on study abroad, I am frequently called on to provide numbers of SA students to various entities on campus. TDS makes it so easy to find students in a variety of categories.
– Elizabeth McDaniel
Study Abroad Office of International Affairs
Texas Tech University
TDS has transformed the way we do business in our office. We have moved to a near-paperless environment, which has brought tremendous cost savings. The auto-reminders to students have saved our staff time and resources. We have the ability and capacity to manage hundreds of affiliate programs through the Directory feature. And we can easily share information with our international on-site staff/directors as well as program partners.
– Donna Anderson
Senior International Officer
I write dozens of letters of recommendation for students to study abroad each year. Tailoring these letters to the specifications of each study abroad program can be time-consuming and laborious. Terra Dotta has made this process much more efficient and user-friendly. I also appreciate its convenience and interface, which helps me manage multiple letters in various stages until I can submit one that best matches my students to their respective study abroad programs.”
– T. Kenn Gaither, Ph.D.
Associate Dean/Associate Professor
Our Study Abroad Office was in dire need of a comprehensive database solution. After evaluating our options, including developing our own system, we eagerly signed on to implement StudioAbroad. Our faculty-led program directors can directly access important information about all of their program participants, easily create reports, contact students, monitor their applicants’ progress, and recommend acceptance or denial of any application. Our deans, directors, and academic advising colleagues can directly access relevant information about students from their academic unit who study abroad.
– Dan Hart
Study Abroad Office
Arizona State University
TDS is known as a leader for offering a paperless information and tracking system specifically for international offices. Colorado State has really had the time to develop the software to its fullest potential. It is exciting to see what the CSU team has done to utilize the product. TDS makes the office work much more refined and tracking international travelers easy!
– Laura Thornes
Director, Study Abroad
Office of International Programs
Colorado State University
When my previous institution purchased Terra Dotta's StudioAbroad in 2007 I had no idea of the functionality that we were purchasing, nor the fact that the software would continue to evolve providing ever greater functionality. Compared to the Access database that we had been using, StudioAbroad was like driving a Lamborghini Diablo! It was overwhelming at first, but slowly we came to recognize and appreciate all that Terra Dotta Software gave us the power to do. Now I couldn't imagine sending students abroad without it - in fact I'm in the process of implementing Terra Dotta Software at my new Institution!
– Candace Chenoweth
Center for Global Education
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater
StudioAbroad is far superior to any other choice for running a study abroad office.
– Ben Peacock
CET Academic Programs
I remember life before StudioAbroad, and now I can’t imagine life without it.
– Carrie Wojenski
Director of Global Affairs
Sacred Heart University
We’ve been using TDS at Dartmouth for several years. TDS has surpassed our initial expectations and keeps getting better. We continually identify new ways to use the software to better serve our students and faculty. With a small staff and a high level of student interest in study abroad, TDS is an essential tool for our office.
– John Tansey
Executive Director, Off-Campus Programs