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Worldstrides Acquires Study Abroad Travel Company

worldstridesStudent tour operator WorldStrides, considered the largest educational travel company in the United States, has acquired Austin, Texas based International Studies Abroad (ISA).  ISA specializes in undergraduate study abroad, service-learning and internships for university students, custom academic programs for universities, and gap year and service-learning programs for high school students.

ISA had been in business since 1987 with over 300 employees. The company boasts that they handle study abroad programs for more than more than 700 U.S. universities with programs operating at more than 100 international host universities in 30 countries throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, Africa, the Middle East and Australia/New Zealand.

“We are extremely excited that ISA has joined the WorldStrides family,” said Jim Hall, President and CEO of WorldStrides.  “ISA represents a transformational acquisition for WorldStrides which takes us into a new market segment and reinforces our position as a global leader in experiential education.”  He added, “With more than 1,000 global employees in 40 offices on six continents, WorldStrides continues to chart new territory in offering educational opportunities outside of the classroom.”

Gustavo Artaza, founder of ISA added, “We could not be more excited about joining the WorldStrides team.  Our university partners will benefit from the incredible resources that WorldStrides brings to ISA, and we are now ideally positioned to continue improving and expanding on the educational experiences we offer students.”

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