What Makes Us Different

Few organizations combine the competency of an educational travel company with that of an international education (study abroad) provider. This unique pairing of skills, talents, and resources makes Academic Travel Abroad a company with great depth and breadth. It allows us to delve deeper, to go behind-the-scenes, to access the authentic and shun the touristic.


There are five key reasons many prestigious organizations have chosen us in the past:

The breadth and depth of our experience

We have been in business for over 60 years, and are passionate about educational travel! We have a deep bench of experienced education abroad and travel professionals, as well as a global reach, which includes knowledgeable specialists and academics in various fields and around the world.

Our focus on innovation, customization, and themes

Few, if any, of our peers have our unique ability to bring specific program themes and subjects alive through travel, nor do they utilize the business model which permits the level of customization that ATA offers.

The stability of our leadership

Chase Poffenberger and Kate Simpson bought Academic Travel Abroad after working with ATA for nearly a quarter century. ATA’s CFO has over 30 years of experience working in the travel industry, and most senior managers have at least a decade of experience themselves. The longevity of our key personnel creates an unbeatable level of stability and trust.

Our expert crisis management and survival skills

We know that change is constant and risk is inevitable in our business. Therefore, we spend considerable resources protecting ourselves, our clients, our travelers and our students against risk whenever possible. We manage foreign currency carefully to protect our prices, carry the highest level of insurance in our industry, and safeguard our stability through the on-going diversification of our portfolio.

Our longevity and sterling reputation

We have formed and maintained relationships with clients, colleagues and competitors for decades. We value trust, honesty and a spirit of partnership and collaboration that acknowledges and respects the needs of both parties.