About Us

We believe in dreaming big. It’s how our company was born, and it’s what we hope to give all the students who travel with us: confidence and big ideas for the future, based on what we can learn from our journey today.

Rafael Hoyle

Rafael Hoyle

SVP and Managing Director, International Studies Abroad

Rafael Hoyle leads International Studies Abroad (ISA), a division of WorldStrides, offering life-changing global programs for individual college and university students. Under his leadership, ISA has earned a reputation as a student-first organization with educational opportunities across the globe.

Rafael first joined ISA as an instructor and resident director in Guanajuato in the summer of 1995, while researching contemporary Mexican history, narrative, and culture. After completing his doctoral work, he devoted himself to the organization full-time with leadership in numerous roles. Rafael’s experiences living in Mexico City and traveling around the world strongly influence his commitment to education abroad. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s in Spanish from the University of Arizona, and earned his Ph.D. in Hispanic Literature and Linguistics at the University of Texas at Austin.