A few words about us

We are a leading customized programs provider in Europe. We facilitate high impact cultural learning programs and our work is guided by our values of linguistic and cultural diversity, respect for people and the environment, an appreciation for Arts and Culture, community engagement, and inclusion

ESA combines intercultural learning, academic inquiry and curricular goals with our expert on-site knowledge and logistic resources to create unique, customized programs in Europe. Since 2008, we’ve supported high-quality customized programs for colleges and universities from around the world.

What we offer

Why people choose us

ESA is a small business delivering a high quality service. We customize the program to your requests and offer an outstanding experience at an affordable cost, all with the flexibility that you need to make your program exactly how you want it.

ESA proudly partners with these institutions, among others:


Our Staff


Lynn Wallace

ESA Founder

“Immersing oneself in a new culture can be life changing both personally and professionally.”

Fluent in four languages, this mom of three leads two families: her genealogical one and her professional one. Lynn founded ESA in 2008 following her passion for study abroad and cross cultural exchange. Having lived in Latin America and Europe, the Texas-born founder of ESA believes in travel with a purpose. Lynn loves gardening and trusts in more inclusive and sustainable programs. Based in Portland, Oregon, Lynn has played all roles for the company and she’s currently in charge of all the company’s administrative tasks, program development, and overseeing her permanent and seasonal staff as well as ESA partners and their professors.


Miriam Elia

Sevilla Resident Director & Customized Programs Manager

“Magic never comes from your comfort zone.”

Born and bred in Sevilla (Spain), Miriam studied Translation and Interpreting and did her master’s degree in International Relations. Her first study abroad experience came when she was 16 and since then, she’s worked and studied abroad in Germany, the UK, Ireland and the US. She’s a passionate world traveler who’s visited more than 15 countries and enjoys interacting with locals, trying new flavors and walking around to discover new unexplored places. Miriam joined the ESA team in 2015 and since then, she’s been working from the ESA office in Sevilla and with onsite programs, guiding and traveling with groups, and managing social media.


Maria Gil Poisa

Barcelona Resident Director & Customized Programs Manager

“There is not one single way to do, think, or believe, and no culture is better than others.”

Maria double majored in Visual Arts and Communications and English Philology. Originally from Galicia (Spain), she’s traveled extensively both in Europe and the US and studied abroad in Finland and Turkey. With a Ph.D in Hispanic Studies, she's been a professor in the US from 2010 to 2018 when she joined the ESA family. Maria loves reading, international food and film combo, and being up to date with the current international affairs. From ESA Barcelona, Maria has developed new programs, coordinated onsite groups and visited partners and providers across the US and Europe.

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