Company overview

PREP, based in Austin, Texas, is a premier education service provider for international students. We are an innovator and a leader specialized in the K-12 study abroad market. Our unique approach to integrate homestay management, scholastic placement, academic counseling, outdoor adventure, and community service helps develop international students to become the next generation of leaders with the character and capacity to impact the world. 


PREP continues to grow everyday thanks to the confidence our students and parents have in us. 

-Ed Wu, Founder & CEO


PREP provides professional and trustworthy education services to international students so that they can grow in wisdom and stature to become the next generation of leaders with the character and capacity to impact the world. 


PREP team loves our students, and we work tirelessly to help them navigate through the most formative years in a foreign country.


Change lives together, one student at a time

PRep team

We are extremely grateful that we have a team of professionals with a passion for education and love of our children who work tirelessly to provide industry-leading services to our students.

Ed Wu

Founder & CEO

Ed has 20+ years of professional management experience including Sales Manager at Procter & Gamble China and Marketing Director at Dell, responsible for the global eCommerce optimization of His professional expertise is in digital analytics and he served as a board member of the Digital Analytics Association.

Ed holds a B.A. from Peking University in China and an MBA from the Ross Business School at the University of Michigan.

Ed resides in Austin with his wife and they have a daughter and a son – as well as the many children through PREP. 

Priscilla Zhong


Priscilla joined PREP in 2015 and has been fundamental in establishing a close relationship with our students and parents. She oversees students’ academic and extra-curricular development and serves as the warm-hearted, loving A-Yi in PREP.

Priscilla graduated from Peking University with a degree in Finance and earned an MBA from the Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania. Her professional expertise is in pricing analysis and strategy. She had significant leadership roles at both P&G China and Dell Global. 

Zhaohui Zhang

Education Counselor

Mrs. Zhang joined PREP in 2023 and has focused on students’ holistic health. She conducts thorough evaluation of students’ mental health status as well as career interests and provides the parents, students and the PREP team with knowledge and insights that are critical for the development of the students. 

Mrs. Zhang graduated from China University of Petroleum with a BS, and Tongji University with a MBA. She is a certified counselor in Emotion Focused Therapy, Career Interests and Marriage Relationship with many years’ experiences in these areas. 

Heidi Zhang

Education Counselor

Heidi wears many hats at PREP.  She evaluates the English fluency and fit of student applicants. She designs and leads the PREP outdoor and community service projects. She also oversees visual designs of PREP publication materials on marketing platforms.

Heidi graduated from the University of Texas at Austin, with a Master’s degree in Education. 

Leanne Chen

Education Counselor

Leanne had been an ESL teacher in a public middle school in China for ten years and worked in an international education company in California as an education consultant. Her qualification includes experience in ESL/TEFL lesson plans and curriculum development, classroom management, educational consulting service for international students. 

Leanne came to Christ in 2010 and has served in the church, youth group, and YMCA in China since then. She currently lives in Austin, Texas with her husband. 


Maggie Qiu

Education Counselor

Maggie graduated from Gordon College in Boston, MA with a Master of Art in Leadership. She also had a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics and a minor in Psychology from Gorton. 

Prior to PREP, Maggie had an internship at Covenant Christian Academy and volunteered at InterVarsity. 

Maggie has rich experience in cross-cultural education, mentoring, mental health, tutoring, and leadership development. 

Why us

There are many agents in the USA to serve international students in different capacities. We are not the oldest, nor the biggest. We are here to create a unique and premier education experience and offer parents and students a service that they can trust. In our definition, such experience and service should meet the following criteria:


A Family experience

When your son or daughter joins PREP, they are joining a family, not just a program. A program provides basic structure, but a family provides love, protection, and guidance that an adolescent teenager needs so much during the critical years of transitioning from a youth to an adult.

All of our host families are faithful families, who join us for the same mission to love and teach our students. As parents, you can be assured that your son or daughter is in good hands.


A true American experience

It’s obvious that you wanted your child to have a truly American experience when you sent him off. Somehow, they ended up with a school full of Chinese students and still speak English with a heavy Chinese accent after graduating from high school if they graduate.

That’s not OK with us. At PREP, we want your child to have a truly American experience both in school and outside of school. All of our partner schools commit not to have more than 10% of the international student population at each grade. Outside of school, our students live with American families, eat American food, and immerse them in American culture. Isn’t this what you want your child to have?



An Adventure experience

Life is a journey and when your child joins PREP, they are joining an exciting adventure. They will be challenged to set a goal for themselves, and they will be held accountable. They will be asked to step out of their comfort zone and go to explore the unknown. They will be led to the wilderness where they can forget about their electronics and rediscover the beauty of creation and nature. They will join our mission and service trips when they can serve others in need and practice compassion and love.

When your child graduates out of PREP, they will be a confident, responsible, and mature young man and woman. They are ready to go where God leads them to and live a life with purpose and joy.

company history

PREP started in 2014 when Ed saw this new wave of young students flooding into the United States, he realized this is not only a business opportunity but also a ministry opportunity. “Parachute kids” can get into jail if left all by themselves alone or can grow into next-generation leaders of China with the right support, love, and care.

Since then, PREP has been at the far front of the study abroad industry especially in the K-12 space. We are proud of being the innovator of establishing a homestay model and we are very grateful for all of our partners who choose to work closely with us.



In 2020, Ed joined Austin Chinese-American Network and became the board member responsible for the youth program. Since then, PREP students have become an integral part of local youth and they have embarked on many adventures together. 



We pressed on in the second year of pandemic and saw many of our students making great progress. We graduated a larger class and sent 12 students to colleges. We also did No Fear Camp in New Mexico with mostly American students. 



Due to the pandemic, we had to chancel our winter camp and No Fear Camp. Most of our students stayed with their host families throughout the summer. Our students contributed so much to the community through the online concert, miles for life, face shield project, etc. We had our largest graduation class ever and sent 10 students to colleges. 


do the right things

This year we focused on “Do Right Things”, in words and in deeds. 

Ed visited Chattanooga Christian School and by the fall, we had our first student outside of Austin Texas.

PREP moved No Fear Camp to Colorado and Wyoming. 

Bowen and Tom graduated and went to Indiana University and Vanderbilt University respectively.


Do little things

Continue the theme of “Do hard things”, this year we want to focus on “Little Things” that matter. We believe if we do little things that matter, great things happen. If we do little things consistently, our lives will be transformed! 

PREP started No Fear Camp in California, a two-week adventure experience for Chinese students.

Abby, David, and Tony graduated and sent to UT Austin, Rice, and Purdue respectively.


do hard things

There is growing pain…there is trials and tribulations…there is accusation and threat…we had it all! But going through all of those, we were constantly reminded that God is still in control and without Him, we can’t do anything. This was the year we did hard things and our students and parents also embraced the idea.

PREP had our first graduate student, Alan who went to the University of California, Irvine. 



We had more schools to partner with and doubled our student enrollment. We hired more team members. Most importantly, all of our students are placed in strong and faithful families.

PREP started the Winter Camp program, a two-week experience for visiting Chinese students.



With more students coming, we continue to experiment with the best way to serve them. Priscilla joined us as the full-time PREP “mom”.



Out of nowhere, we had the first two students and then another three. We hosted the first two students at our own home to understand what it takes to provide for them.



This was when Ed saw the changes in the industry and he had the dream of becoming the premier education service provider to the young Chinese students and their families and share good news with them in that process.



We were saved at the University of Michigan, the first day after my graduation ceremony. Our lives were turned around and the seed of PREP was planted.



Ed and Priscilla came to the US.

PREP is a non-denominational Christian business, called to share the love of Christ with international students. 

We are broadly evangelical, and we accept WEA (World Evangelical Alliance) statement of faith.

Statement of faith

We believe
…in the Holy Scriptures as originally given by God, divinely inspired, infallible, entirely trustworthy; and the supreme authority in all matters of faith and conduct…

One God, eternally existent in three persons, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit…

Our Lord Jesus Christ, God manifest in the flesh, His virgin birth, His sinless human life, His divine miracles, His vicarious and atoning death, His bodily resurrection, His ascension, His mediatorial work, and His Personal return in power and glory…

The Salvation of lost and sinful man through the shed blood of the Lord Jesus Christ by faith apart from works, and regeneration by the Holy Spirit…

The Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling the believer is enabled to live a holy life, to witness and work for the Lord Jesus Christ…

The Unity of the Spirit of all true believers, the Church, the Body of Christ…

The Resurrection of both the saved and the lost; that they are saved unto the resurrection of life, they that are lost unto the resurrection of damnation.

As a Christian business, PREP partners with a wide range of Christian schools, churches and families who accept the above statement of faith. We encourage our partners to focus on Jesus Christ when working with our students so that they can have the basic but solid understanding of Salvation and Christian living.

“in essentials, unity; in non-essentials, liberty; in all things, charity.”


PREP Education International LLC and SIT Education International LLC are two companies owned by Mr. Wu, both doing business as “Premier Education Partners”, or PREP.