Beyond Abroad Team

Get to know the faces behind Beyond Abroad! Altogether, we are a multinational team of around 15 people with vast experience and skills in international relations, international networking, sales, marketing, content creation, administration and customer service. Besides the above mentioned, all our team members are former exchange students themselves.

MANAGEMENT

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HARRI SUOMINEN

PRESIDENT, CO-FOUNDER –harri[at]beyondabroad.org

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TUOMAS KAUPPINEN

COB, CO-FOUNDER tuomas[at]beyondabroad.org

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JOONAS SALO

MANAGING DIRECTOR –Joonas[at]beyondabroad.org

HANNES BORGWARDT

CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER -hannes[at]beyondabroad.org

Michelle Frank

STRATEGY MANAGER -michelle[at]beyondabroad.org

SALES & MARKETING

Emma

MARKETING AND COMMUNICATIONS MANAGER - EMMA[AT]ASIAEXCHANGE.ORG

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Cindy

ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST - cindy[at]beyondabroad.org

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CHRISTOPHER

ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST - info[at]beyondabroad.org

PAUL

ENGAGEMENT SPECIALIST - paul[at]beyondabroad.org

HENRIK

PARTNERSHIPS SPECIALIST - HENRIK[AT]ASIAEXCHANGE.ORG

MARK

CONTENT WRITING SPECIALIST – MARK[AT]ASIAEXCHANGE.ORG

THOMAS

JUNIOR WEB & GRAPHIC DESIGNER – THOMAS[AT]ASIAEXCHANGE.ORG

ADMINISTRATION & STUDENT SUPPORT SERVICES

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LINTANG

ADMISSION COORDINATOR - lintang[at]beyondabroad.org

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CA

invoicing specialist - ca[at]beyondabroad.org

KATHLEEN

ADMINISTRATIVE OPERATIONS MANAGER -KATHLEEN[AT]ASIAEXCHANGE.ORG

MAY ANN

GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST – MAYANN[AT]ASIAEXCHANGE.ORG

JERIC

Invoicing Specialist – kathrina[at]asiaexchange.org

DONNA

GENERAL ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST – DONNA[AT]ASIAEXCHANGE.ORG

OUR STORY

CREATING LIFE-CHANGING EXPERIENCES FOR STUDENTS WORLDWIDE

Beyond Abroad was established in 2020 in Finland by Harri Suominen and Tuomas Kauppinen, founders of Asia Exchange and Edunation. Both of them studied abroad in Asia in the mid-2000s, and the experience left a deep impression on both of them – so deep that they wanted to help others do the same.

After establishing several businesses in the education sector focussing on Asia and sending more than 10 000 students abroad, they decided to leave their comfort zone and to expand their operations to a global scale. Beyond Abroad was born.

Today, Beyond Abroad offers the chance to study abroad in Europe, Asia, North America and South America.

Throughout their journey and due to a remarkably simple and fast application procedure, we helped young people from all over the world to study abroad and enjoy life-changing experiences.

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THE BEST OPTION FOR STUDYING ABROAD IN A DREAM DESTINATION

Many students are interested in studying abroad, but not everyone can find a right option through their home institution. Others are simply are simply unlucky and miss the early application deadline and tight placement quotas. Normally, a student would need to wait for the next intake to get another chance.

But first, they would have to find a suitable university abroad, contact the university, find out about courses offerings, and then finally apply. The whole process can end up with countless of hours of work, dozens of emails sent back and forth and piles of documents to fill out.

Moreover, the student would also need to take care of travel arrangements, such as finding accommodation and applying for a student visa. What is worse, there’s still no certainty that it will all work out for the best.

Beyond Abroad takes a different approach: We offer easy and affordable ways to study abroad in the destination of your dreams. We act as an intermediary between our students, their home institutions, and their future host universities. We guide them through the application process, communicate with the foreign university and make sure that they have a convenient and worry-free experience.

We provide all the information needed, help with course selections, travel arrangements and generally make the most out of the semester abroad. We are proud to have the best customer service in the industry that is obsessed with our students, helping and taking care of them at any time of the day.

But we do more than that, we take as much as possible off the shoulders of any involved institution as well.

WIDE RANGE OF COURSES IN ENGLISH FROM 65+ FIELDS

All the courses and programs offered on our website are part of the official curriculum of our partner universities. The courses consist of lectures, workshops, visits to local businesses as well as charity organizations that we sponsor. Students from all backgrounds can apply with Beyond Abroad. While not every student may be able to find courses perfectly matching their study fields, there’s still the possibility to take interesting elective courses or minors to complement your major.

MORE THAN 10 000 STUDENTS FROM OVER 900 UNIVERSITIES AND OVER 100 COUNTRIES

Since 2007, a lot has happened. New destination countries, new universities, and new programs have joined the portfolio of Asia Exchange and Beyond Abroad. We are proud to send roughly 1000 students abroad each year. It is in our DNA that studying abroad is one of the best decisions anyone can make. You will grow as a person and you will open countless doors and career opportunities later on. The experience of foreign cultures and international friendships brought about by studying abroad can help to create a more tolerant, harmonious world for everyone.

HERE’S WHAT SOME FORMER STUDENTS HAVE SAID