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HISTORY of SWS

Signature World Services is an international People serving People organization.

Our mission: providing quality educational opportunities through its world wide student and adult exchange programs. Our devotion is to higher education through personal and corporate commitments to the students, faculty, and universities we serve both here and abroad.

We have been an active participant in international student exchange since 1993 under our parent company Signature Services Corporation which was founded in 1929 during the days of the Great Depression. We remain a privately held company based in Dallas, Texas with several subsidiaries. Since the early years of our company, the principal business of our parent company has been the hospitality industry. Today we serve many Fortune 500 companies, public and private schools, hotels, health care facilities, youth camps, conference centers, and adult retreat centers.

In the early 1990s, as our business grew nationally, the parent company developed a program for international students to work and travel in the United States. Several years later Signature World Services was founded and became a US Department of State Student Exchange Sponsor, one of only 26 organizations with this designation at that time. In order to secure and maintain this prestigious, and highly coveted, position with the US State Department we agreed to provide international programs for our US students to study and travel abroad.

Today SWS is truly a global organization with a highly trained and dedicated staff of professionals who have a passion for serving people, a love for the international community, and a lifetime commitment to higher education. All of our staff has traveled abroad, many have studied abroad, and some have lived abroad.

Our parent company made a singular promise to their customers years ago. Today that promise is made to our students, faculty, and administrators: You will see that our improvements today are greater than yesterdays and our efforts tomorrow will exceed today's.

We will make your dream of study abroad a reality with SWS. Come join us!