ISAP #9: Revolutionizing Study Abroad Housing, Blackberries, and Millennials Rising with Brett Newman of Study Abroad Apartments

This week I'm sharing an interview with Brett Newman, Co-founder and COO of Study Abroad Apartments. I'm a big fan of Brett's and his Co-founder Ryan. After getting to know them over the past year and learning more about their company, their vision, and just getting to talk all thing study abroad and entrepreneurship I know I had to have them on the show. Brett and Ryan are revolutionizing how students find housing while abroad and creating transparency in an element of the experience that has traditionally been shrouded in mystery. 





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  • The scam that inspired Brett and Ryan to create Study Abroad Apartments

  • What motivated Brett to study abroad in the first place

  • How Study Abroad Apartments knows what “good” housing is

  • How the housing experience impacts the overall study abroad experience

  • Why students are going to Study Abroad Apartments for advice on where/when/and with whom to study abroad

  • What has surprised the SAA team about the professional world of international education

  • Are millennials really what we think they are?

  • My “Aleppo moment” when Brett talks about the next big thing in study abroad

  • What’s it like to start a company in IE

ISAP #8: The 3 Myths of Working in International Education

This week we're diving into the realities and myths of working in international education. I receive emails every day from people trying to break into the field asking what it's really like to work in this field. Emerging professionals have a lot of ideas on what a career in the space really looks like - some are spot on but some are way off. 

In this episode you'll learn: 

  • Why it's important to know what the IE world is all about before you dive head first into a career
  • The three main myths most people believe about working in international education
  • The big differences between participating in programs abroad and administering those same programs
  • The types of organizations and positions the lend themselves to the "sexy" side of international education
  • Can you really get a job in study abroad without a master's degree?
  • And more! 

ISAP #7: Meaningful City Hopping in Study Abroad, Advising Mistakes, and Travel Celebrities with Andy Steves

I'm back from Tanzania and an epic summit to the Roof of Africa (Mount Kilimanjaro). In classic study abroad fashion, I'm still processing the experience (which was the hardest thing I've ever done). Can't wait to share more about it soon! 

I'm so excited to bring you this week's episode of the podcast with my friend Andy Steves! Andy is the founder of Weekend Student Adventures, author of Andy Steves' Europe: City Hopping on a Budget, and an innovative voice in the world of international education. 





  • How Andy got his start in travel before even being born
  • What it’s like growing up in a travel-centric family
  • The most impactful travel moments in Andy’s life
  • The role Andy took on during his study abroad program 
  • Why he created a company in the student travel industry
  • How WSA integrates fun with meaningful travel experiences
  • How the IE professionals have responded to Andy and the WSA mission
  • The impact the “Steves” brand has had on Andy’s career
  • How Andy wrote his first book
  • The value of city hopping during study abroad
  • The mistakes professionals are making when advising study abroad students
  • The characteristics Andy looks for in new team members
NAFSA HOUSTON 2012 - Brooke, Rick, and Andy

NAFSA HOUSTON 2012 - Brooke, Rick, and Andy


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