Who we are
Officially established on February 1st 2018 out of Janesville, Wisconsin by Joshua D. James (CEO), Alexandra Macovei (CFO), Marius N. Vavura (CMO&CTO), and Zissu C. Carabas (Investor).
The American Study Abroad Program, LLC (ASAP) was conceptualized in early 2017 with the ponderance surrounding how to improve the enrollment process and experience as a foreign student; especially using the Post 9/11 GI Bill.
After throwing the idea around, Joshua and his team then realized through their combined experiences, they can help others navigate the dreaded waters of finding an appropriate university in Europe that will provide a quality education at a fraction of the rate compared to USA.
When talking about affordability, we are not just discussing tuition; rather, we are discussing overall costs of studying, including living, rent, and transportation, so you can know well in advance how much you can live on and plan from this once (maybe twice?) in a lifetime experience.
You will have peace of mind knowing that the American Study Abroad Program, LLC has first-hand experience and the means to provide you customized world class service.
Join us so you can travel the world and study ASAP.
Message from the Founder:
Thank you for your interest with the American Study Abroad Program, LLC.
Our goal is to provide an avenue for aspiring American Students and Veterans (using their GI Bill overseas) to receive a quality education at a fraction of the cost compared to USA while broadening their worldly experience.
I am not a typical student as I am much older than most. I stand here in my mid-30’s with a lifetime of experience working with people from all over the world and in this case, pursuing my higher education after I began my career.
After graduating in 2003 from George S. Parker High School in Janesville, Wisconsin, I joined the U.S. Army as a Military Intelligence professional and served five active years overseas. After the Army I was a defense contractor supporting Department of Defense (DoD) for eight years with five of them overseas.
After experiencing career stagnation due to an increased market supply of trained personnel and the lack of a bachelor’s or master’s degree, I decided to take a career pause for my professional development. I attempted three (THREE “3”) times over a five-year period to pursue my academic goals overseas:
- The first time, I had no idea what I was doing and completely missed the application period for the university.
- The second time, I started off early and I submitted my application with my documents early; however, there was poor communication with the University. I arrived in the country prior to the start of the semester just to find out that I was not accepted due to a missing document that was not expressly requested according to their regulations and laws.
- The third time, as they say, was a charm. I was finally accepted; although I was successful, there were many issues after I arrived. The issues ranged from financial to cultural. It isn’t easy to go it alone.
Thankfully I had a lifetime of experience operating and traveling in unfamiliar and foreign lands; otherwise, I believe I would have had an impossible experience.
Currently, I am studying business administration using the Post 9/11 GI Bill for my bachelor's at the Bucharest University of Economics, formally known as Academia de Studii Economice (ASE), in Romania for only $2,250/yr.
My Post 9/11 GI Bill Bennefits reimburse my tuition and pays me $1,681/mo for housing allowance. Trust me, it is not much money in the United States, but I can live well here on that amount and still have money to travel and explore Europe; especially since the median salary in Romania is 600EUR/month.
Now I bring my international knowledge and experience to help others achieve their academic, personal, and professional goals.
WE ARE HERE TO MAKE YOUR EXPERIENCE EASY, FULLFILLING, AND SUCCESSFUL.
Joshua D. James