About Us

AEO Tour offers the best student recruitment tours in Southeast Asia for US Universities.

We know that while representing your university or college abroad can be exhausting, expensive, and overwhelming.  AEO Tour has been the solution for over 300 universities and colleges over the past 35 years. We provide fully customizable tours in excellent markets, pack the schedule with more school visits and public exhibitions than any other tour, and we consistently keep our costs 30-50% lower than other tours. 

Bob Allan  |  aeotour@yahoo.com
For over 35 years, Bob Allan has led the AEO Tour. With 50 years’ experience in international education, Bob is definitely the most experienced tour leader there is. Bob has a world-renowned reputation and has built AEO Tour from the ground up with his wife Jenny. Bob has led over 300 universities and colleges on recruitment trips and remains a trusted leader in international recruitment. Bob had his start in international education in Vietnam. While serving with the 101st Airborne Division, he volunteered to teach English and ran the Michigan State English test in Hue, Vietnam.

Ben Wilkey  |   ben@aeotour.com
Ben got his start in international education in 2010, where he was a TaLK scholar in South Korea. He loved it so much that he extended his stay from one semester to a year and a half. Upon returning from Korea, he graduated from Utah State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Global Communications and later received a Master’s degree in Educational Administration with an emphasis in International Education. He has worked in Study Abroad, International Sponsored Programs, and as an International Recruiter for Utah State University from 2013-2019. Ben attended the AEO Tour as a recruiter for the first time in 2015. He loved it so much that he attended every fall and spring since and eventually worked his way into Bob’s heart. Ben has been with AEO since the beginning of 2019. 

Please compare the AEO Tour and what we offer with any other tour. Once you compare, you will see why AEO Tour has had 333 universities and colleges attend our tours – and many of them consistently for years. We are proud to offer the most effective and affordable student recruitment tours in all of Asia. Please feel free to contact our participants and then you will understand why they return year after year. If you are strictly interested in increasing their international student enrollment., the AEO Tour is for you.

Does your tour offer its own exhibitions besides fairs at schools?

Yes, the AEO Tour is one of the few tours that offers its own public exhibitions at prestigious hotels – in addition to school visits in most cities. These exhibitions are very important, for while we can have fairs at two to eight schools in each city, there are literally hundreds of excellent schools which we cannot visit. The fairs are organized so students from these hundreds of schools can meet the college representatives at these public forums.

Do the exhibitions maintain diversity among participating colleges?

The AEO Tour does not look for large numbers of participating institutions, but keeps the tour small to ensure success for our participants. You will find that exhibitions with the AEO Tour are much more effective than the large multi-school fairs with hundreds of universities and colleges. The AEO Tour offers maximum exposure to students but minimum competition from other colleges which makes for much greater success in recruitment. If you are tired of being lost among huge numbers of colleges at exhibitions and finding your numbers declining because of this competition, then look into the AEO Tour.

Will my college be lost among all those other colleges?

The AEO Tour ranges from 14-30 universities and colleges. Only the AEO Tour maintains diversity. AEO strictly limits the number of colleges from each state and diversity is also maintained in types of institutions allowed on each tour. These strict diversity requirements ensure more successful recruiting for each participating college. 

Does your tour offer its own exhibitions besides fairs at schools?

Yes, the AEO Tour is one of the few tours that offers its own public exhibitions at prestigious hotels – in addition to school visits in most cities. These exhibitions are very important, for while we can have fairs at two to eight schools in each city, there are literally hundreds of excellent schools which we cannot visit. The fairs are organized so students from these hundreds of schools can meet the college representatives at these public forums.

What does a typical day on the AEO Tour look like?

A typical day on the AEO Tour is very busy, but very effective and fun. We typically depart around 7am and visit 2-4 schools for college fairs. Since we try to schedule as many visits as possible each day, we do not have time to stop for lunch. We strongly recommend taking advantage of the large breakfast buffets each morning in the hotel. Some schools that we visit do offer lunch and refreshments, but it is not a guarantee. After the school visits, we usually arrive back at the hotel around 4-5pm. If we have an exhibition in the evening, it will be in the same hotel that we are staying in. Otherwise, the nights are usually free and most of the participants either enjoy the lounge in the hotel or go explore the city. 

How are the school visits structured and what should I be prepared for?

School visits on the AEO Tour are typically fast and furious. We usually have multiple school visits a day and we need to adhere to the schedule in order to be on time for all of the visits. Visits are usually 30 minutes to 1 hour in length and are mostly college fair style, with each university/college having a table to display their tablecloth and marketing materials. Sometimes there is time for each university to share a quick 1-minute presentation, but most of the visits are what you would expect at a typical college fair. Since the AEO Tour has been in business for 35 years, our reputation with the high schools is excellent and most high schools bring out all of their students when we visit. 

Is the AEO Tour a good fit for my institution, if we have never recruited in Southeast Asia before?

The AEO Tour is a perfect fit for your institution, because it will give you access to many of the top high schools in Southeast Asia as well as provide you with networking opportunities with some of the best and most experienced recruiters in the world. No other tour in Asia can provide you with as many school visits, counselor connections, or access to well-qualified and interested students. 

What if I have never been to any of the countries before?

If you have never been to the countries or cities before, there is no need to panic. The AEO Tour is the absolute best way to introduce you and your institution to SE Asia. Most of the participants on the tour have been with us for years and are like a family. We are a very inclusive group and you will feel right at home from day one. Activities are planned in each city after work and you will not only work hard, but also have an amazing time. 

What is exactly covered with ground transportation?

When you fly into the country for your first stop, it is your responsibility to get from the airport to the hotel. The same applies when you leave the tour – it is your responsibility to get from the hotel to the airport. Once you join the AEO Tour, all of the ground transportation is included. Most of the countries on the tour use Grab (like Uber), so we would recommend downloading the app before you arrive. Grab makes getting around very easy and it is also very affordable. 

Why is the AEO Tour so much lower in cost compared to other tours?

We are sure you have noticed that a full tour with AEO Tour (inclusive of inter-Asia flights and hotels) is much lower than other tour companies’ options for school visits only. We stay in the top hotels, visit more schools, have longer tours, and have larger turnouts at our exhibitions. A staple of AEO Tour is that we make international recruitment easy, affordable, and enjoyable. We don’t have a fancy office or lots of overhead, so we are able to make the tours as effective and affordable for you as possible. 

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Experience for yourself what over 300 universities and colleges have realized. Most of our participants come year after year and some for the last 30 years.

The Best International Student Recruitment Tour in Asia.

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If you are interested in increasing your international student recruitment numbers, maximize your budget, and have a great time, AEO Tour is for you!