International Study and Language Travel

STS' History

Already in the 1950s, Lars Magnusson realized, that the need for education in foreign languages rapidly increased in the society. In 1958, he was the first person in the world to arrange a language trip for young people who wanted to improve their knowledge in German. The journey went by train from Gothenburg in Sweden to Salzburg and Mattsee in Austria and the success was a fact. The following year, 600 young students traveled to England, and soon thousands of students abroad traveled with STS every year. Lars was a pioneer and STS was the world’s first language school company.

Today, STS is one of the world’s leading companies in the industry, with offices in 15 countries and a global network of collaborators. The company is to this day family-owned and Lars and his wife and co-founder Ethel often visit the headquarters in Gothenburg.

Milestones in STS' history


We sent our first student to Austria. The following year we also offered Hastings as a destination, which is still a popular destination among our students.


The establishment of international offices began during the early 1960s. In 1964 we opened new offices in Norway and Denmark.


We introduced a new concept: our High School program in the USA.


We opened our first office in Asia, in Japan.


The US President, Ronald Reagan, created The Youth Exchange Initiative, which contributes to international understanding through student exchange. Throughout the years, STS students have had the opportunity to meet several US Presidents.


We introduce college and university educations under the name IBS International Business School.


STS Foundation started – a non-profit organisation for the STS programmes in the USA.


We opened our first Chinese office in Beijing.


We opened our fourth office in the USA and started STS Intensive language studies in Cambridge.


We opened our first own school in Malta.


All of our UK centers were accredited by the British Council.


IBS International Business School changed its name to STS Study Abroad and all our products were gathered under the tagline “Start Your Journey”. With this tagline, we want to encourage all young people to take the step – to go on the journey of their lives to become the best versions of themselves.



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We are always looking for new, serious partner agents all around the world. Send us your interest application today!

Frequently asked questions

  • Why should I choose STS as a partner?

    Because STS is an industry leading organization with almost 60 years experience in language- and high school programs. With this experience comes a high level of quality in everything we do. 

  • What is characterizing STS as a partner?

    As an STS partner, you will always receive personalized service from one of our highly dedicated team members. We have also developed systems for simplifying all our processes, meaning that you can spend less time on administration and more time on providing the best service possible to your current and future customers.

  • What is STS High School?

    STS High School is a program sending students from all over the world on an exchange year abroad. During the year, the student will enroll a public or private high school program and live with a carefully selected host family. 

  • I am interested in adding services to my current STS partnership. How do I do that?

    Due to our high customer satisfaction, many of our partner agents wish to extend our collaboration to include both our language schools- and high school programs. To do so, send us an email and we will come back to you with our terms and conditions.