Who Is Professionals Abroad?
We connect professionals across the globe.
We work with local and national professional associations to design and operate delegations around the world. Our delegations allow professionals to interact with and learn from their international counterparts.
We are a division of Academic Travel Abroad.
We are based in Washington, DC, but through our work, we travel everywhere.
Who Is Academic Travel Abroad?
Professionals Abroad is a division of Academic Travel Abroad, an educational travel provider for some of this country’s most prestigious organizations. Riding the post-war wave of interest in travel to Europe, ATA launched operations in 1950 by assisting universities and cultural institutions in the creation of group travel programs for their members. Today, ATA is a leader in cultural and educational group travel and serves partners such as The New York Times, Smithsonian Institution, American Institute of Architects, and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Who? Professionals from many fields—medicine, law, education, arts and humanities, and business and economic development.
What? Visits to facilities. Roundtable discussions. One-on-one exchanges with international counterparts.
When? Typically 5- to 7-days, at a time that works for your group.
Where? Destinations across the globe, from China to Costa Rica and Israel to Iceland. We help you select a destination that provides the right opportunities for your group.
Why? New professional insight. Fresh perspective on your field. Renewed inspiration for your profession. Future collaborations with new partners. Continued connection between participants.
To provide professional associations with unmatched educational travel opportunities that will develop and grow their membership.
To increase understanding within professions by providing opportunities to discuss shared challenges and opportunities with professional counterparts globally.
To open doors that will help professionals gain a deep appreciation for the culture and people of the host country.
To support organizations as they establish lasting professional ties with international counterparts.
How We Got Here
Cuba sees continued interest, with 14 unique associations visiting this one destination alone in 2017.
Elder Law Attorneys visits the Netherlands to experience Hogeweyk, the ground-breaking and renowned elderly care facility. We also serve new associations with focuses in tax, pharmaceuticals, speech-language-hearing education, and hospitality.
Cuba continues to attract healthcare professionals who are interested in the island’s universal healthcare delivery structure. And we also add Ireland and Iceland to our destination list.
We organize an international conference in India for over 300 members of International Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediators. We also expand to Poland, and to Finland for education professionals like those of the National Association of Secondary School Principals.
More destinations! Vietnam, Cambodia, Myanmar, and Turkey.
For the first time, graduate students attend a delegation. And delegations for law professionals expand—intellectual property law, family law, entertainment law, and a few state bar groups.
New destinations: India, South Africa, and China.
New fields: human resources, law, education, and medicine.
New associations: Society of Human Resource Managers and The American Bar Association.
The doors to Cuba open! Under our new OFAC license, we send over 200 professionals to Cuba, 75 of whom are in the field of public health.
Academic Travel Abroad launches the Professionals Abroad division.