Our Story

“I founded BEA institute after I studied abroad in the Balkans. While overseas I had a life changing experience that touched my heart and opened my mind. I fell in love with the people and their fight for freedom, equality, peace and the opportunity to grow.  I have seen firsthand the determination of South Africans as they fight against poverty, the anguish of Kosovars as they seek peace with Serbia, and the heart filled friendliness of the Irish people after the troubles. These experiences inspired me to create BEA Institute to make these eye opening trips, like I had, attainable for every student”

Benjamin Doherty, CEO


We want to change the world by fostering “Global Citizens” with the leadership, communication skills and personal network required to solve world peace.


BEA aims to change the world by fostering “Global Citizens” through developing leadership, communication skills, and an international personal network for young leaders around the world. BEA nurtures student leadership abilities by providing access to world-renowned university professors in post-conflict and relevant geographical locations. BEA motivates students to become lifelong learners to unleash their potential to become presidents, CEO’s and national relevant change-makers in their respective country.

  • Worldwide Network

    Students from all over the world will get together to discuss relevant issues and exchange cultural values. We believe this cultural exchange between students is a critical step in solving many arising problems around the world.

  • Affordable

    We want students to be able to afford the program. As a result, we are working closely with local businesses, NGOs and other sponsors to support our students

  • It’s All About Experience

    We believe in order to survive and compete in the global job market, experience is everything. We will make sure that students will have the best possible experience in the Bridge Education Abroad Program.

  • Rise to the Top

    The programs that we offer are uniquely designed for students who are interested in the study of Leadership, International Relations, Political Science and economic development within a wide variety of cultures.

BEA Institute Core Values

Honesty, Trust and Transparency 

We care about our reputation and doing the right thing. We promise we will always give you accurate and transparent information that every person in the company can put their name behind.

Treat our Students with Fairness and Respect

If you aren’t happy, we aren’t happy. We believe in treating our students like our own personal guests. If we can do it, we will. To promote trust, we promise to respond to your inquiries within 48 business hours.

Diligent, Detail-oriented, Hard Work

We work hard for you. We go above and beyond to pay attention to every detail, no matter how small to make sure your learning experience is maximized. We believe the secret to going from good to great is all in the details.

Personal Development

We believe in continual personal growth. We promise to help you reach your potential. BEA goes beyond just a summer program, it is a catalyst to helping you realize what you are truly capable of achieving.


To inspire you must be inspiring. We promise you will find our company’s mission, goals and people performing at the best of our abilities to inspire and motivate you.

What Our Students Think

Megan Toher

“The BEA program to Kosovo was a life changing experience that allowed me to meet people from all over the world and see how cultural differences effect how we see global problems. It was an excellent mix of cultural , education and social actives. I would happily attend another program.”

Megan ToherUniversity College Cork, Ireland
Ahmed Medien

“Bridge Education Abroad Kosovo Summer School 2013 was a unique opportunity for me to visit Kosovo and learn about the history and the culture of the country from the people and on the ground. BEA Kosovo did a great job at organizing the different events and lectures during the days of the program. I thought the lectures were helpful and well targeted to my field of interests. I also enjoyed the company of other participants and the trips thru Kosovo as well.”

Ahmed MedienMediterranean School of Business, Tunisia
Emil Gejrot

“The BEA Institute in Kosovo was definitely a highlight of summer 2013. Our group of students from all over the world was well taken care of by the dedicated staff of Bridge Education Abroad and the Kosovo Centre of Diplomacy, who made sure that we all felt welcome. Furthermore, the program helped me gain valuable first-hand insight into peace- and democracy-building in one of the world’s youngest states. I am sure that this experience will be of immense benefit to my future studies.”

Emil GejrotSweden

“I recommend BEA Kosovo as an opportunity not only to learn about Kosovo but also learn from other participants and know about their countries: Making new friends and bridging the gap between cultures. The lecturers and course directors are friendly, approachable and care about you. The ingredients are in the right place to make this event enriching and successful experience for each participant”

Elizabeth AniemenaNigeria