Last Updated on January 14th, 2014
Welcome to Abroad101, and our online network that brings together universities, students, parents, study abroad program providers, and affiliates (referred to herein as the "Abroad101 Network" or the "Site"). Abroad101 is a service provided by Study Abroad 101, LLC, doing business as Abroad101 ("Abroad101", "we" or "us"). More details about Abroad101 can be found below, under "How You Can Contact Us."
Users of the Site
There are several different types of users of (and contributors to) the Site:
Information Collected by Universities, Program Providers, or other Third Party Sites
If you are a Student, please be aware that we are not responsible for what Universities or Program Providers do with personal information about you that you provide to them, that they had prior to your registration on the Site, or that is available or accessible to them on or through the Site. If you have questions regarding the practices and policies of a University or Program Provider with respect to your personal information, we recommend that you contact the University or Program Provider directly, and review their privacy statements to better understand their procedures for collecting, disclosing, and using your personal information.
Personally Identifiable Information We Collect
We receive and store any information you enter on the Site, or that you give us in any other way. This includes information that can identify you ("personal information"), including your first and last name, telephone number, postal and email addresses, photos, username, and password. If you are a Student, personal information we collect may also include the school you attend(ed), your major, year of graduation, when/where you may want to study abroad, your responses to University or Abroad101 questionnaires or evaluations, as well as any personal information you choose to include in any of your reviews, feedback, comments, posts, pictures, or other data you submit to the Site.
We may also ask Students for other information from time to time, which you may choose to provide or not to provide at your sole discretion, such as information regarding your personal experiences, interests and preferences, your views on study abroad and travel-related topics, your opinion regarding various features of our Site and the types of information that interest you. To the extent that you choose to include your personal information in your responses to these requests, we will receive and store such information.
You can choose not to provide personal information to us, but in general, some information about you is required in order for you to enjoy the benefits of being a registered member. For example, only registered members are able to post reviews, participate in discussion forums, save information about programs in your Planning Bar, receive members-only newsletters and other content, and enter surveys, contests, or sweepstakes. In addition, some information is also required for you to ask us a question or initiate other transactions on our site.
If you are a University or Program Provider, you will have the opportunity to provide contact information for other people (including, without limitation, Students) through our Site. You agree that you must obtain the consent of those people prior to providing us with their personal information.
We may also periodically obtain personal information about you from business partners and other independent third party sources (like Facebook) and add it to other information about you. For example, if you register for Abroad101 by using the “Login with Facebook” button, then certain personal information that you have provided to Facebook will be shared with us.
How We Use Personally Identifiable Information Collected
- To enable you (and other users) to access and utilize the various tools, features and functionality of the Site, such as searching, leaving and reviewing feedback, making forum posts, uploading documents, etc.
- For administering sweepstakes, contests, surveys, questionnaires, evaluations, polling activities and other similar events and activities that you choose to participate in, and for other purposes specifically communicated to you when we collect the information.
- To communicate with you with regard to your use of the Site and its services, or to advise you of Site changes or other events or occurrences which may affect your access to or use of the Site.
- To provide Universities and Program Providers who are members of the Abroad101 Network with information and statistics concerning users of the Site.
- To respond to your questions and comments.
- To measure interest in and improve our service and our Site.
- To otherwise customize your experience with Abroad101.
- Visible to Your University Network: Information with this classification is visible only to users with a valid email address that shares your particular University’s ".edu" extension (making them members of your "University Network"), as well as their parents by invitation and subject to verification. For example, all email addresses provided by Harvard College take the form email@example.com; Harvard’s extension is "Harvard.edu". Please be aware that this classification does not block affiliates of your University who have a valid University-provided email address; for example, faculty.
- Visible to Your Administrator Only: Information with this classification is visible only the administrator of the University that shares your particular University’s ".edu" extension.
- Visible to All Registered Users: Information with this classification is visible to any registered Student, parent, or University administrator.
- Visible to Everyone: Information with this classification is visible to anyone who visits the Site.
With your permission, we may use your e-mail address and other contact information to send you articles, profiles, travel news and other study abroad related information, as well as to notify you of special promotions or additional products and services offered by us or our business partners and advertisers that may be of interest to you. With your permission, we may also share your personal information with our business partners and other third parties to enable them to contact you regarding special promotions, products and services they offer which may be of interest to you.
We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our Site. These companies may use information we provide them about your activity on the Site and other Web sites (but not including your name, address, email or telephone number) or information you provide them yourself (by clicking on their advertisement, or with respect to Program Providers, by clicking on “Request Info”, “Request Application”, or “Add Program” in relation to their programs, or by placing a particular program in your Planning Bar) in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. Remember that when you provide your personal information to third parties (like advertising companies), the information that you share will be governed by their privacy policies – so read them carefully before providing any third party with your personal information. We may also serve ads to you ourselves when you visit the Site, in which case we may use the same types of information that we provide to third party advertising companies for that purpose.
We employ other companies and individuals to perform functions on our behalf, such as hosting our web servers, analyzing data, providing marketing assistance, processing credit card payments, and providing customer service. These other companies will have access to your personal information as necessary to perform their functions, but they are required to maintain the confidentiality of your information and are prohibited from using your personal information except to provide services to Abroad101.
If you are a Student, we may share your information (including your personal information) with your University, or with Program Providers that you have expressed an interest in. This may involve, among other things, send you emails or other communications concerning products or services which might be available to you; or, in the case of Universities, emails or other communications containing questionnaires, evaluations, or otherwise soliciting information or feedback from you. You can tell when a third party is involved in these communications because their name will appear (either with ours, or separately). Please note that we do not control the privacy practices of Universities or Program Providers. As a Student, you may also choose to access certain third party Web sites and services through our site (such as Facebook). When you do so, you are sharing information with those sites, and the information you share will be governed by their privacy policies.
You should note that all content that you post in public areas of the Site will be visible to everyone, even people who are not officially registered with the Site. Please use your discretion in determining what content you post. We will not be responsible for any content or information that you post in public areas of the Site. All users should be aware that when they voluntarily display or distribute personal information (such as their e-mail address) to others (whether in forums, messages, by posting feedback, responding to feedback or otherwise), that information can be collected and used by others. This may result in unsolicited messages from third parties, for which Abroad101 is not responsible.
Finally, if you provide any information to parties who operate web sites that are linked to or from our Site, different rules may apply to the collection, use or disclosure of your personal information by such other party. We are not responsible for any such party's use of your personal information. We encourage you to review these sites' privacy policies before revealing any sensitive or personal information to them.
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Opting Out of Receiving Communications
If you are a Student, you will have the option to opt out of receiving certain types of communications from us and/or our business partners and advertisers. If you do not wish to receive any such communications, you may opt-out by clicking on the “opt out” link (or similarly labeled link) at the bottom of the particular communication. We reserve the right to send you communications regarding the Site and our services, or to advise you of Site changes or other events or occurrences which may affect your access to or use of the Site (such as service announcements, administrative notices and the like) without offering you the opportunity to opt out of them.
Internet Protocol (IP) Addresses and Aggregated User Data
We automatically collect some information about your computer when you visit the Site. For example, among other things, we collect session data, including your IP address, web browser software, and referring Web site (if any). We may also collect information about your online activity, such as content viewed and pages visited. Our goals in collecting this automatic information are to help us understand the interests of our users, analyze trends, administer the Site, and to customize your user experience.
We may share aggregate information about out Site and our users with third parties (including Universities, Program Providers, advertisers, media, and actual or potential partners or investors) for informational, marketing, and promotional purposes, and so that they too may understand our user base, their preferences, and Site usage patterns, but only on a collective, aggregated basis and in a manner which does not reveal any personally identifiable information about any individual user.
Cookies and log files
You may be able to use your computer’s control panel or your browser’s settings to disable cookies; but doing so may affect your ease in using the Site. We have no access to or control over any cookies that may be used by linked or other third party sites.
Abroad101 is a general audience site and does not offer services directed to children. For that reason, we do not knowingly collect or solicit personally identifiable information from or about children under 14. Should an individual whom we know to be a child under 14 send personal information to us, we will delete or destroy such information as soon as reasonably possible.
Visiting Our Site from outside the United States
The account containing your registration information and profile is password protected, so only you (or third parties you provide your password to) can access your account. All personally identifiable information we collect about you is stored in limited-access servers. This Site has technical, administrative and physical security measures and safeguards in place to protect against the loss, misuse and alteration of the information under our control. While we are committed to placing reasonable and appropriate safeguards to protecting your information against foreseeable risks, no computer system or information can ever be fully protected against every possible hazard, and we cannot guarantee that unauthorized third parties will not be able to circumvent those safeguards or use your personal information for improper purposes.
How You Can Contact Us
Study Abroad 101, LLC
228 Park Ave S #32004
New York, NY 10003