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Every member of our organization is fully committed to providing the best possible international immersion experience for our travelers.

About Us

The Austral Group was founded and is managed by MBA graduates who are passionate about helping our clients integrate academic content with international travel. We focus on providing a meaningful and impactful educational experience in Latin America with itineraries that are customized to meet specific educational needs and to enhance your program's curriculum.

The entire Austral Group team shares the fundamental belief that international immersions should not represent a one-off experience for students;  rather, we believe that the international study tour is an opportunity for a hands-on, experiential learning experience in how to conduct business in emerging markets, learning directly from the executives and leaders who are shaping the business environment in Latin America.

Our Story

The Austral Group was formed over late nights and long weekends in founder Shaun Sheffield's dining room in 2004 in Santiago, Chile.  The Austral Group business plan was initially developed as a project for a Venture Creation entrepreneurship course in the University of Chile's Executive MBA program, where Shaun was studying.

The Austral GRoupIn 2005, 3 dedicated employees designed and organized a handful of MBA travel programs to South America.  Since then, the Austral Group has grown into a team of 40 talented and diverse individuals located in Santiago, Buenos Aires, São Paulo, Lima, Bogotá and San Diego organizing travel for over 2,500 students a year to 6 countries in Latin America.

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  • Without question the best international trip we have ever done. Better than China, better than India, better than Dubai; we visited top level executives and owners of some of Chile’s biggest industries. A perfect combination of insightful educational lectures, first rate business visits and exciting cultural activities. The Austral staff was friendly, efficient and always accessible.

    icoGonzalo Freixes, Anderson School of Management University of California, Los Angeles

  • The Yale School of Management has partnered with the Austral Group for three years for our 2 week trips to Chile. I have found the Austral Group to be highly efficient and reliable. Their knowledge of Chile and their high-level contacts have been a huge asset to our program. Their attention to detail and ability to understand our needs is unparalleled. They have made my job much easier, and I have complete confidence in their ability to deliver a top-notch trip.

    icoKristen Hammar Yale School of Management

  • I was thrilled with the success of the Brazil Faculty program. I would like to commend you and your office for your excellent customer service and support in planning and executing the itinerary. We are indeed fortunate to be partnering with Austral in Latin America as your company does a great job. I'm looking forward to working with you again on another faculty program in the future!

    icoLiz Walker, Graduate School of Business Stanford University

  • When people ask me for a recommendation for study abroad in South America, the Austral Group will be the first (and only) name on our list. You have done a terrific job organizing everything for our trip.

    icoJoan Hubbard, Department of Management University of North Texas

  • Thank you again for your professionalism and expertise. You are amazing travel partners, and we sincerely appreciate everything you did to make our trip so successful.

    icoTerese Waldron, Erivan K. Haub School of Business Saint Joseph's University

  • From the first conversation I realized that Austral Group would be able to provide all the knowledge, insight, and competency necessary to make the trip work smoothly. The program and substance you created was flawlessly executed, and was exactly what we envisioned it to be. What I was most impressed by was the access you were able to help us attain, whether it be high ranking government officials [or] the most important business leaders. Without question, these meetings and presentations were of such a high quality and caliber that there is no possibility we would have been able to arrange them on our own without your connections and local gravitas.

    icoZachary S. O’Dell, Juris Doctor & Master of Laws Candidate Northwestern University School of Law

  • Having just returned from a fantastic week in Rio de Janeiro with our Professional MBA students, I am finding once again that South America is an exciting destination full of incredible learning opportunities for our students. Brazil in particular is vibrant and growing, and our students were very interested in the economic effects of the upcoming World Cup, Olympics, and recent major offshore oil discovery. Having also visited Argentina, Chile, and Peru with our students, we continue to see our students stretch themselves in an unfamiliar environment and, at the same time, learn a great deal about markets not so very far from their own country. We partnered with Austral once again, having worked with them on two previous trips to Peru with great success. From the contract process to the logistics to the quality of their ground teams to their very impressive business contacts, they make something that is very difficult look easy. In particular, the business visit arranged through Austral are always top notch, with excellent speakers across industries. As a company, they understand what it is we are trying to accomplish by taking our students overseas and work closely with our faculty to ensure learning outcomes are achieved. I continue to wish Austral covered the world, because working with them is an absolutely pleasure.

    icoAmanda Pollock, University of Denver University of Denver

  • It was a fantastic trip. I enjoyed working with you. I appreciate you being on top of things, your flexibility and that you kept me in the loop. We will definitely do business with Austral again. Too bad Austral does not do Asia or Europe!

    icoBelina Makonen, Michael G. Foster School of Business University of Washington

  • This trip was nothing sort of an "epic" experience for me. A wise man once told me there are 2 kinds of people: "Tourists" who take home souvenirs, and "travelers" who take home stories. We are most definitely "travelers" with plenty of stories to share. Thanks for making this journey such a memorable experience for us all.

    icoBill, MBA Student University of Florida MBA Program

  • Many companies can build an itinerary, but the Austral Group genuinely cared about providing a memorable academic program.

    icoBridget Frattalone, College of Business Administration San Diego State University

  • Flawless execution of logistics. The level of service that we received from Austral Group was exceptional: the trip leaders and the students were thrilled by the experience.

    icoCarlos Hubert, Student Trip Leader, Graduate School of Business Stanford University

  • Perhaps the most striking revelation for me was the level and scope of contacts that Austral has. We met with CFOs, CEOs, high level diplomats and the U.S. Ambassador. As soon as I returned to Boston I started plans for another trip to be led by the Austral Group.

    icoChristopher Robertson, College of Business Administration Northeastern University

  • It is quite easy to find someone that can organize a regular tourist type visit to a particular country, but it is quite difficult to find an organization that can organize an academically oriented experience. Our experience with the Austral Group was very professional, thorough and effective in delivering the kind of experience that we intended for our graduate students.

    icoDavid Hopkins, Daniels College of Business University of Denver

  • The Austral Group made our trip to Chile an amazing experience. They truly made our visit to Chile the trip of a lifetime.

    icoDavid Kaitlin, MBA Student Mercer University MBA Program

  • The visit exceeded the expectations of both the staff and the students, thanks in no small part to your efforts. Your knowledge, professionalism, attention to details, and concern for the students was truly extraordinary. We have already decided to take our next MSRE class to Santiago during the same time period next year!

    icoDavid Ling, McGurn Professor & Director, MSRE Program University of Florida

  • The Austral Group has clearly developed the contacts and comprehensive understanding of Latin America to provide an informative and dynamic perspective on business and education in the region.

    icoDennis Sheehan, Smeal College of Business Penn State University

  • The mix of industries, site-visits, and cultural opportunities were near perfect. I am looking forward to working with you again.

    icoDeWayne Searcy, College of Business Auburn University

  • I learned more during this week-long program than I have in many of my 3-month long classes. The program is great because it provides real-life contact with executives, entrepreneurs and the culture of another country.

    icoEmil Czechowski, MBA Student UCLA Anderson MBA Program

  • Trip was excellent overall. Program was outstanding. I most definitely would be very pleased to work with Austral again. You are first on my list for Latin America, and will recommend you very strongly to others.

    icoGene Salorio, School of Business University of Connecticut

  • The real highlights of the trip were the corporate visits and the excellent service and attention. Many of the students described the trip as the "experience of a lifetime". We had high expectations for the Austral Group and the trip. I can now say that these expectations were not only met, but exceeded.

    icoGina Miller, Stetson School of Business and Economics Mercer University

  • From the outset the Austral team listened carefully to our needs and worked tirelessly to ensure that all of our objectives were met. The highlight was the live cases the Austral Group arranged for the students to apply their MBA learning to real life business challenges and to impact on a strategic level.

    icoIlze Zandvoort Ashridge Business School

  • We’ve worked with many travel agencies throughout the world conducting these types of tours, and the philosophy behind the Austral Group is among the best. What sets the Austral Group apart was their focus on the academic experience. I highly recommend the Austral Group to any business program that wishes to delve into the economic environment in Latin America.

    icoKevin Rockmann, School of Management George Mason University

  • Austral arranged meetings with C-level executives within major companies. The exposure provided to our students was truly remarkable. We will continue to hire Austral to manage our educational trips in South America; no other group can meet the level of service and expertise provided by their trained professionals.

    icoKristina Cook, Eller College of Management University of Arizona

  • I congratulate you on a well-planned program with excellent custom-made content and seamless implementation. I look forward to returning to your beautiful and fascinating country.

    icoMassoud Saghafi, College of Business Administration San Diego State University

  • The Austral Group did an absolutely outstanding job of meeting our needs and making our experience truly exceptional. What impressed me most was their willingness to customize the trip and the friendliness and competence of their staff. Our students raved about every aspect of the trip and how it was managed. Without a doubt, we will call upon the Austral Group again for our next trip to South America.

    icoMichael Crum, College of Business Iowa State University

  • Because of their superb reputation and extensive contacts in Peru Austral Group was able to identify not one, but two, clients willing to work with us for our intended consulting projects after our own contact failed us at the last minute. 10 days before the trip, The Austral Group literally saved us. Austral Group’s plans in Peru were terrific, especially the hotel they arranged for us. They organized a day for us at a local university interacting with their business faculty and students. In addition, they organized meetings which gave us key insights on how Peru worked vis-à-vis the U.S. The culinary tour including a ceviche-and-Pisco Sour-making contest was great fun! They also helped to organize some cultural events and pointed our more adventurous students to local surfing lessons. All in all, the course and the trip were a great success, and we couldn’t have done any of it without the Austral Group.

    icoMichael Curley, George Washington University George Washington University

  • We had speakers who were enthusiastic and responsive. This would not have happened if we had the typical tour commonly set up by travel agencies. Having been a veteran of many past tours, I felt this was definitely the best. I can’t recommend them more highly!

    icoMichael Tansey, Helzberg School of Management Rockhurst University

  • Thank you for working so close with me and my staff to customize the experience while keeping costs within very reasonable limits. Your patience, professionalism and always positive spirit added significantly to the value of the experience.

    icoPaul Hensel, College of Business Administration University of New Orleans

  • Your team's attention to detail was extraordinary. Having traveled to many different destinations with our students over the years, I can honestly say that the efforts and ability of the Austral Group resulted in a high quality international experience in all aspects.

    icoPeter Caliguari, Silberman College of Business Fairleigh Dickinson University

  • My travel experience with the Austral Group has not only provided me with real experience applicable to my studies and my personal growth as a leader in business, but has also introduced me to people who I consider lifelong friends. Thank you to the Austral Group for making my time in South America one of the most memorable trips of my life!

    icoRaveen Kullar, MBA Student Wilfrid Laurier University MBA Program

  • The Austral Group has set a high standard for quality of service and hospitality for us. I can’t thank Austral Group enough for their services.

    icoRavi Shukla, Martin J. Whitman School of Management Syracuse University

  • We were impressed with The Austral Group’s extensive expertise in all of the locations we visited and ability to design and deliver on the itinerary.

    icoRick Lopez, Kellogg School of Management Northwestern University

  • The Austral Group's knowledge of the South American market in general and Brazil in particular was evidenced repeatedly. The Austral Group designed a custom-made itinerary to address our objectives, and our group gained tremendous insight into the business and cultural environment of Brazil. I recommend the Austral Group unconditionally to any group considering traveling to Latin America.

    icoScott Newbert, School of Business Villanova University

  • I have had three years of great experiences working with Austral in Brazil. I started with a rough idea for a class on innovation and sustainability in Brazil, and Austral helped me find engaging site visits relevant to my class. I felt like I got the support from the entire organization – there was a whole team working with me to create an excellent program. Each year we have reviewed every detail in the program, and have found ways to make it even better. I also appreciate that when students have had medical emergencies Austral has helped us navigate and find great care. All in all, a quality organization. I can't wait to start planning next year's class!

    icoSteve Spruth, Senior Lecturer Strategic Management and Organization Department, Carlson School of Management University of Minnesota

  • It was a joy working with Austral; they understood the experience I wanted for my students and they made it happen.

    icoTerri Rittenburg, College of Business University of Wyoming

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Enrique Foster Norte 196
Las Condes
Santiago, Chile
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