Study Abroad

TDS for Study Abroad, formerly known as StudioAbroad, is web-based software designed to save time and money by automating processes and making it easy to ensure that applicants, staff, administrators, and parents receive the important information they need.

With TDS for Study Abroad you can maintain your own website, keep your program brochures online and up-to-date, accept applications online, organize data, and mitigate the risks associated with international travel and living. TDS for Study Abroad has the user-friendly features needed to facilitate your online process-management goals. With various pricing options, it’s easy to find a package that will fit your institution’s needs.



Accept applications online

  • Receive online recommendations
  • Maintain email and application activity logs
  • Create thorough and shareable reports to collaborate with faculty and staff across campus
  • Customize applications with program and applicant
    specific requirements
  • Receive instant confirmation when applicants receive and read important information
  • Use assessments to test comprehension-
    specific requirements

Enhance the applicant experience

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  • Utilize a checkbox system so applicants clearly see what is
    required of them
  • Send automatic email reminders to applicants who have not completed their application requirements
  • Communicate with applicants through TDS email & SMS - all tracked and retained in their records
  • Build a searchable catalog for applications for different programs, internships, scholarships, etc.
  • Applicants can upload scanned copies of their documents for easy access by applicants and administrators

Save time and streamline
your workload

  • Go paperless. Searching a database is much easier than searching through paper files
  • Update applications in batches instead of individually
  • Review comprehensive audit logs of application activity with automatic date, time, and user stamps
  • Integrate with your Student Information System to ensure up-to-date applicant information and reduce data entry
  • Enroll your travelers in insurance plans like CISI, HTH, and iSOS and send required information directly from your database
  • Provide administrative access to applicant and program information with a robust permissions system

Create campus-wide risk-
management utilities

  • Track all student, staff, and faculty travel – domestically
    and abroad
  • Send SMS text messages to individuals or groups
  • Utilize the software’s Locator Search to instantly find any traveler in your system
  • Build registrations to track student and faculty side trips while they are abroad
  • Collect online incident reports

Manage all program information

  • Build a digital program catalog that is easily updated and
    publicly searchable
  • Create itemized budget sheets
  • Create shareable reports and queries to collaborate with faculty and staff across campus
  • Maintain and update provider program information quickly and easily using the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory

Easily maintain, update, and
edit your entire website

  • Create and maintain all website content through a WYSIWYG web editor; no HTML knowledge required
  • Deploy photo journals, photo contests, online videos,
    and more
  • Allow applicants to schedule appointments online
  • Post announcements that automatically disappear
    once expired
OverviewBenefits for ClientsBenefits for ProvidersParticipating Providers

Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory


Thousands of schools and hundreds of program providers host countless study abroad programs in every part of the world. Program information is extensive, changes constantly, and requires a huge effort to keep current. The Study Abroad Directory is a free service that Terra Dotta offers to the International Education Community. Through the Study Abroad Directory, program providers and institutions can minimize the efforts required to provide accurate program information to potential study abroad applicants.


The Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory is a central repository where any program provider can publish their program information for free! This is a public website where any student or institution can search for study abroad information. Every educational institution using Terra Dotta software for Study Abroad can download program information directly from the Study Abroad Directory into their program catalog.

Benefits of the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory for study abroad clients:

With the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory, you no longer have to input or update information about hundreds of provider programs. Terra Dotta clients can browse the Study Abroad Directory and subscribe to the desired provider programs. After subscribing, you can choose which aspects of the program information to download into your program catalog. When the provider updates the program information, you are notified and can then download the new information. This method is quick, easy, and ensures that your institution's information about provider programs is current and accurate.


Are you a current Study Abroad client looking for instructions about downloading provider program information from the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory?


Consult the Knowledgebase on theTerra Dotta Support website for detailed information about linking to the Study Abroad Directory from your Terra Dotta software for Study Abroad website..

Benefits of the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory for providers:

The Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory is a publicly searchable website where any provider can post their program information for FREE! By publishing program information in the Study Abroad Directory, a provider will not only establish relationships with institutions using Terra Dotta Software for Study Abroad, but also with all other institutions that use the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory as a resource to find accurate information. When program information is updated in the Study Abroad Directory, all Terra Dotta Study Abroad clients subscribed to that program are immediately notified and able to download the new information. With the Study Abroad Directory, providers can increase participation by making their program information more accessible and save time by updating program information in one central location.


Are you a provider that's interested in publishing your program information on the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory?


Click here for more information.

Participating Providers:

If you are a Terra Dotta client looking for programs from a provider that is not on the list, ask that provider to contact Terra Dotta about publishing their programs on the Terra Dotta Study Abroad Directory. Every provider is welcome to publish their information. It's free for them and makes your life easy!
  • Abbey Road Programs
  • Academic Programs International (API)
  • Academic Studies Abroad
  • AHA International
  • AIFS Study Abroad
  • Alliance for Global Education
  • America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. (AMIDEAST)
  • American Councils
  • American InterContinental University (AIU)
  • American University in Cairo
  • American University of Beirut
  • AmeriSpan Study Abroad
  • Antioch Education Abroad, Antioch University
  • Arcadia
  • Associated Colleges of the Midwest (ACM)
  • Athena Study Abroad
  • Augsburg College Center for Global Education
  • Barcelona Study Abroad Experience
  • Bard College
  • BCA Study Abroad
  • The Beijing Center for Chinese Students
  • Beyond Sports Study Abroad
  • Boston University International Programs
  • BridgeAbroad
  • Broadreach College
  • CAPA International Education
  • CBL International
  • CBL International
  • Center for Ecological Living and Learning
  • Center for European Studies: Maastricht University
  • Center for Global Education at Augsburg College
  • Center for Global Education
  • Center for International Studies (CIS)
  • Center for Sustainability Ltd.
  • Central College Abroad
  • CEPA - Cultural & Educational Programs Abroad
  • CET Academic Programs
  • CIEE
  • CIMBA: Consortium Institute for Management and Business Analysis
  • College Consortium for International Studies (CCIS)
  • College Year in Athens
  • CPI Spanish Immersion
  • Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA)
  • Danish Institute for Study Abroad
  • Dante Alighieri Siena
  • Dream Careers Inc.
  • Eastern European Study Abroad
  • Education Abroad Network - Study Australia / Study New Zealand / Study Asia
  • EF Education First
  • EiAbroad
  • El Nomad Immersion Programs
  • Experiential Learning International (ELI)
  • Florida State University
  • George Mason University
  • Global LEAD
  • Global Learning Semesters
  • Global Student Experience
  • Global Summit Education
  • GlobalEd Programs
  • The GREEN Program
  • Gonzaga University
  • Hebrew University of Jerusalem
  • Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs (HECUA)
  • IFE - French Field Study & Internship Programs
  • Inspire Learning - Intern and Study Ireland
  • Institute for American Universities
  • Institute for Study Abroad, Butler University (IFSA Butler)
  • Institute for the International Education of Students Abroad (IES)
  • International Partnership for Service-Learning and Leadership (IPSL)
  • International Programs
  • International Student Exchange Programs (ISEP)
  • International Studies Abroad (ISA)
  • International Sustainable Development Studies Institute (ISDSI)
  • Kaya Responsible Travel
  • Keele University
  • Kentucky Institute for International Studies (KIIS)
  • Knowledge Exchange Institute (KEI)
  • Language Studies Indonesia
  • Lexia Study Abroad
  • Living Routes
  • Loyola University Chicago
  • Mente Argentina
  • Middlebury College
  • NRCSA Consortium
  • Panrimo
  • ProWorld
  • Queen Mary, University of London
  • Ramapo College
  • Saint John’s University
  • School for Field Studies
  • School of Russian and Asian Studies
  • SEA Semester
  • Semester at Sea
  • Seminars International
  • Siena School for Liberal Arts
  • SIT Study Abroad/World Learning
  • Sol Education Abroad
  • Spanish Studies Abroad (CC-CS)
  • St. John’s University
  • Studio Art Centers International (SACI)
  • Study Abroad in Europe
  • Study Abroad Italy
  • Swedish Program
  • Syracuse University Abroad
  • Temple University
  • UC San Diego Global Seminars
  • UCLA - Travel Study Programs
  • The Umbra Institute
  • University of Bristol
  • University of California, Davis Summer Abroad
  • University of Manchester
  • University of Minnesota Learning Abroad Center
  • University of New South Wales
  • University of Queensland
  • University of Sydney
  • University of the Sunshine Coast
  • University of Wisconsin, Platteville ISAP
  • University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC)
  • World Education Group
  • World Endeavors
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Terra Dotta Software has allowed us to maintain our high quality, in-person student advising while increasing our student participation by streamlining our application processes. Our outbound numbers increased 39% and our inbound exchange numbers increased an overwhelming 69% in our first year using TDS all of which is easily managed by our existing staff resources.

– Jeff J. Simpson
Director, The Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Office
Oklahoma State University
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
Auburn University
We began using Terra Dotta 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
Drexel University
We would simply not be able to do our job without Terra Dotta software. 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
International Center
University of Florida
What Terra Dotta software 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. TDS 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
Managing nearly $400,000 in scholarships through TDS applications has seen our number of scholarship applications double. Students love the online application process and so do we!

– Jeff J. Simpson
Director, The Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Office
Oklahoma State University
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
Sr. Director, International Education and Enrollment Management
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
Elon University
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 Terra Dotta software. 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
Assistant Director
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
The reduction in paper waste in our office is more than we could have imagined. It is shocking to realize that seeing mountains of program and scholarship applications sitting on our desks is no longer the norm.

– Jeff J. Simpson
Director, The Study Abroad and National Student Exchange Office
Oklahoma State University
Terra Dotta software is far superior to any other choice for running a study abroad office.

– Ben Peacock
Technology Manager
CET Academic Programs
I remember life before Terra Dotta software, 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
Dartmouth College


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