ASAPI’s mission is to provide support, development, and community to everyone who affects and contributes to the quality of the study abroad experience.

ASAPI began as an informal group of study abroad professionals who gathered in 2013 to advocate for inclusive visa standards for study abroad students.

ASAPI has been recognized by the Irish Department of Education and Skills with a seat on its High Level Group on International Education, as well as the Forum on Education Abroad (with which it has a reciprocal membership). ASAPI has forged productive working relationships with key Irish agencies and government departments, and the Embassy of the United States of America in Dublin.

ASAPI is a founding member of EUASA – The European Association of Study Abroad, an umbrella group representing the interests of study abroad at a European level.

ASAPI has provided informational seminars and training on topics such as mental health, Title IX in study abroad, and has plans for training in other subjects and best practices specifically as they relate to study abroad in Ireland

After becoming a registered company in 2017, ASAPI is formalizing its membership structure in order to ensure a self-sustaining program of advocacy, information on US and Irish legislation and compliance standards, training, professional development, and continual improvement of standards for the entire study abroad community.

Application for Membership


Full members must be a College/University/Institute of Higher Education/Consortium acting as an association of the previous groups headquartered in the United States, validly established there and duly accredited by one of the following agencies:

  • Middle States Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools;
  • New England Association of Schools and Colleges;
  • North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools;
  • Northwest Association of Secondary and Higher Schools;
  • Southern Association of Colleges and Schools;
  • Western Association of Schools and Colleges;

Associate Members are any program/organization not duly accredited by the agencies listed above, but accepting students via colleges, universities and institutes of higher education accredited by the above agencies.

Benefits of Organizational Membership

  • Five named staff members included per organizational membership
  • Advance notice/invitations for all events and training
  • Voting rights (one per organization) at general meetings (e.g. electing officers)
  • Free job listings at

Annual Fee for Full and Associate Members

  • Fewer than 100 students annually – EUR150
  • 100 or more students annually – EUR250


Available to programs and organizations headquartered in Ireland not meeting any of the criteria for Full or Associate Membership, as well as individuals.

Benefits of Affiliate/Individual Membership

  • Two named staff members included per affiliate organization
  • Advance notice/invitations for all events and training
  • Non-voting
  • One at-large position on ASAPI’s committee will be reserved to represent affiliate members (if no affiliate members are nominated, the space will be open to nominations of full or associate members).

Annual Fee for Affiliate Members

  • Organizations – EUR50
  • Individuals – EUR25


Access to events and training on a specific date

  • Individuals – EUR15

Once membership has been approved, you will be contacted for payment information and details of named individuals to be included in organizational membership. The membership year runs from January 1 to December 31.