Welcome to Professionals Abroad

Based in Washington, DC, Professionals Abroad is a division of Academic Travel Abroad (ATA). ATA is a travel company with over 60 years of rich history in partnering with many of the country’s top educational institutions, including The Smithsonian Institution, The National Geographic Society, The American Museum of Natural History, and The Brookings Institution; as well as alumni associations and other cultural organizations.

Professionals Abroad began offering professional research opportunities to members of national associations in the fall of 2010, when Director Dawn Davis brought her 20+ years of experience in professional delegation planning to ATA. Through these delegations, doctors, lawyers, educators, social scientists, environmentalists, and others gain valuable perspective about their own profession through counterpart meetings where they can share common challenges and connect on a one-to-one level. All Professionals Abroad programs include briefings with government representatives and content specialists, as well as visits in the field with practitioners at their facilities.