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Global Student Experience
668 North Coast Highway
Suite #1153
Laguna Beach, CA, 92651

(949) 756-2443

Global Student Experience is a dedicated team of study abroad enthusiasts, devoted to spreading the benefits of international education to U.S. college and university students.  As such, GSE offers high quality, all-inclusive study abroad programs in Argentina, Australia, England, France, Italy, Mexico, and Spain for U.S. and Canadian undergraduate students.  GSE's home office is located in Irvine in beautiful Orange County, California and is open from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST, Mondays through Fridays (excluding holidays).

Studying abroad was the best decision each of the GSE staff members ever made. It opened our eyes to the world and proved to be an unprecedented cultural awakening. We immersed ourselves in foreign languages, strengthened our independence, made life-long friends, and earned credits toward college graduation. We were able to witness a different way of life and gain a better understanding of our global community.  Each GSE advisor has personally grappled with the questions that you are currently asking yourselves: “Should I study abroad?  Where do I want to travel?  Can I still graduate on time?  What if I don’t speak a foreign language?  What do I want to accomplish while I’m abroad?”  GSE advisors are here to help you answer any questions that arise and find a study abroad program best catered to your academic goals and personal needs.

Our founders’ time abroad left them with a strong desire to share the study abroad experience with others and ultimately inspired the creation of Global Student Experience. GSE has been able to offer students an unforgettable academic journey on a grand scale. Though it has been a lot of work, the overwhelmingly positive feedback we receive from GSE alumni serves as our inspiration, encouraging us to continue expanding and improving our program offerings with each new semester.

At GSE, we understand the infinite benefits and challenges of studying abroad.  We’ve set out to provide first-rate study abroad programs that incorporate superior student advising and support. In addition to housing and Onsite Program Directors, we’ve added a variety of extra benefits ranging from cell phones to cultural excursions to opportunities for language immersion in a homestay or conversation exchange. We know that quality and value are important factors when choosing a study abroad program. For this reason, we have created programs that are both comprehensive and affordable, putting the world within reach of students who are intent on pursuing an international education.

GSE program advisors and directors work around the clock to ensure that every GSE student receives the most memorable study abroad experience possible, while minimizing the stress of planning.  GSE is committed to providing the highest level of customer service before, during, and after your study abroad experience.  GSE’s full-time staff is dedicated to serving the needs of our students, as well as their parents/guardians and home university administrators.


Before you leave for your program GSE advisors will provide you with guidance on what program location and courses will be a best match for you!  You will receive extensive pre-departure information about your destination, even advice on what to bring!  Studying abroad with GSE is a painless experience, as program advisors will arrange all aspects of your program before your departure including your housing, your enrollment in your host university, and much, much more.  Program advisors will provide you with advice on all sorts of aspects of your study abroad experience, including financial aid, transferring your credit, and applying for a visa or passport. 


Once you arrive in your destination city, you will meet your GSE Onsite Program Director eager to introduce you to your new home!  Every GSE program is coordinated by an Onsite Program Director who is passionate about introducing students to a new city and culture.  GSE Onsite Program Directors reside in the host city year-round and provide 24-hour assistance with the host university, housing, and general city information. 

GSE student service and support will continue upon your return to the U.S.  GSE’s Program Advisors ( will work with you and your home university to transfer your credits and ensure that your home university receives your official transcript from your host university.  GSE also offers advice on dealing with the “reverse culture-shock” that returning study abroad participants sometimes experience.  GSE even offers alumni photo contests, conference information and other resources for re-entry adjustment, and opportunities to encourage friends to study abroad.

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