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Study Abroad Panel


Study Abroad sector within WYSE Travel Confederation represents a diverse range of youth travel programmes with a strong academic component and emphasis on participants’ learning. This includes abroad programmes like educational tours, experiential learning, language studies, secondary and tertiary education, skill-based and vocational training, volunteering, and other education-focused experiences.

The sector provides support to organizations producing and/or selling such programmes, and facilitates their success and growth through WYSE Travel Confederation Four Pillars:

  • Trading: We offer vibrant and varied networking environment through expanding and diversifying our member base, creating benchmark industry events, and supporting customized trading connections
  • Research: We provide our members with the data to guide strategic decisions, and we arm the sector with advocacy tools by driving focused research
  • Education: We produce learning opportunities and foster best practices through delivering sector-relevant educational content at our events, webinars and peer-to-peer discussion platforms.
  • Advocacy: We support and protect the sector through research-based PR campaigns. We help define sector’s future by involving our members in higher-level discussions about its development. We ensure sector’s wider outreach by representing it within the global players and industry thought leaders.

Trading: meet new business partners at our events

ITB Berlin: Join WYSE Travel Confederation at the world’s leading travel trade show

Date: 7 to 10 March, 2018
Location: Hall 4.1, booth 100 – Messe, Berlin, Germany.

ITB Berlin is the largest gathering of the global tourism industry; attracting over 10,000 exhibitors and 100,000 trade visitors over a 5-day period.  WYSE Travel Confederation has a stand of over 200m2 in Hall 4.1 where we provide our members with the opportunity to co-exhibit with us.

WEA – WYSE Exchange Australia  

Date: 8 to 10 May, 2018
Location: Sydney

WYSE Exchange Australia brings together Australian businesses involved in the youth, student, adventure and backpacker travel sector for three days of trading, education and socialising. Now in its second edition the event has established itself as a unique platform to meet new trading partners and help grow Australia’s inbound youth travel industry. WYSE Exchange Australia is a bi-annual event of WYSE Travel Confederation.

WYSTC – World Youth & Student Travel Conference

Date: 18-21 September, 2018
Location: Edinburgh

The World Youth and Student Travel Conference (WYSTC) is the leading trade event for the global youth, student and educational travel industry, with 45 face to face business appointments, more than 100 buyers and 30 educational sessions.

Research: stay up to date on the latest trends

WYSE Travel Confederation undertakes a wide variety of research. Below you can find a sample of our accommodation reports which are free of charge to our members. For all our available reports please click here.


Exchange students: Travellers of the world

Jesús Escrivá Muñoz
Liaison Officer, Erasmus Student Network

Online webinar

Language travel and social media

Tiffany Harrison
Outreach Manager, GoAbroad.com

Online webinar


San Diego Declaration

The San Diego Declaration provides the basis for WYSE Travel Confederation’s work with international organisations, governments, sector stakeholders and other NGOs in furthering the cause of global youth travel. The Declaration is a tool to highlight the economic, social and cultural importance of youth travel to governments worldwide.

The Sector Panellists

Manel Bassols


Director | CETT – Àgora BCN

Barry Rawlings

Managing Director | Edutours Africa

John Cedergardh

Vice President | STS Education

Andrew Procter

Director | African Impact