Who is AIST?

Founded by Tanya Ferguson in 2009, AIST (Australian International Student Tours) focuses on creating boutique customised study tours and long term study programs for International Students.

Tanya’s passion for international education was born when she was studying as an international student in Sri Lanka. Since then, Tanya has forged a 20-year career working in international education in Australia, Japan and England.

Tanya’s qualifications include a Diploma of Education – Secondary (1989), Bachelor of Education Studies – TESOL (1999) and a Masters of Applied Linguistics (2000), for which Tanya received the Dean’s Commendation for Outstanding Achievement some of Tanya’s career highlights include teaching English to non-English speaking Indigenous students in Far North Queensland, working with Japanese teachers of English in Fukuoka (Japan), winning a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the ‘Queensland International Education Awards’ for developing a collaborative international program between universities and schools.

All of the staff members at Australian International Student Tours are experienced education professionals who hold current blue cards. All of our tours and appointments adhere strictly to Australian and Queensland guidelines regarding international students within the private schools and government schools sectors.