IES Abroad

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IES Abroad offers 120+ programs worldwide for college students. We are a highly charged force of study abroad enthusiasts. Every day we have the privilege of witnessing how study abroad changes our students' lives. We also believe that every student should have the opportunity to go abroad--especially in a fun, safe, and superior academic and cultural environment.

From our headquarters in Chicago to our 35 locations and the staff on-site, we all work toward the common goal of providing mind-bending, life-changing, opinion-altering study abroad opportunities.

We're not ashamed to admit we're a little bit obsessed with study abroad.

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Programs from IES Abroad

  • Barcelona IES Abroad
    Spain
    There are a wide variety of courses available, primarily taught in English by our world-class faculty. When you arrive, you...
    43 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • Explore downtown London while you study abroad
    England
    The goal of our over 35-year-old program is to help you explore contemporary London, both physically and culturally. Gain a...
    41 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • The IES Terrace in Granada
    Spain
    Our curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer. The program offers two unique program...
    40 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study in Madrid with IES Abroad!
    Spain
    Our program is designed for students who want to experience the vitality of Spain and the large urban university environment...
    36 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study in France with IES Abroad
    France
    The IES Abroad Nantes Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through...
    30 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • IES EU Center Study Abroad classroom
    Germany
    Taught in English, the IES Abroad European Union Program gives you the chance to study Politics, Economics, Business, and...
    28 reviews
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  • France
    Imagine practicing your French as you order a pain au chocolat at your neighborhood bakery. Meeting local students as you...
    26 reviews
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  • Study Abroad in Vienna with IES Abroad
    Austria
    Open to students at all language levels, our program brings more than 60 years of experience to a variety of unique courses...
    26 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • IES Abroad study program in Sydney, Australia
    Australia
    Our study abroad program in Sydney offers you the opportunity to directly enroll in the prestigious Macquarie University,...
    24 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • studying in Rome with IES Abroad
    Italy
    No matter what your level of Italian language proficiency, this program is for you. Students enroll in an Italian language...
    23 reviews
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  • Study with IES Abroad
    Ireland
    You won't need the luck of the Irish to have an unforgettable study abroad experience in Dublin. By directly enrolling at...
    23 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study Business International Affairs Paris IES Abroad
    France
    Paris is also known as the fashion capital of the world, hosting designers such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-...
    23 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Chile
    The IES Abroad Santiago Program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying...
    22 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • students smiling european union
    Multiple Countries
    IES Abroad consists of a passionate team of international educators who have been facilitating programs since 1950. To date...
    22 reviews
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  • Study abroad in Salamanca, Spain with IES Abroad
    Spain
    The program allows you to be involed in the academic and social life of the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), the oldest...
    18 reviews
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Program Reviews

  • Lisa
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Iowa City, IA
    University of Iowa
    10/10
    Studying with IES Abroad
    04/15/2016

    I had wanted to study abroad since my freshman year of college, but upon visiting the study abroad office on my campus, I became overwhelmed and did not go back until the first semester of my junior year. I had the option of graduating a semester early, but instead of taking that option, I decided to take that semester to study abroad. In order for it to be "worth it,"* I decided I needed a program that offered an internship. As an English major studying creative writing, it was hard to find a program that fit my requirements, but in the end, I found IES. Not only did IES offer a program specifically for writers, the program was in Dublin, one of UNESCO's cities of literature, and it offered an internship dealing with written works, which is what I wanted to do. The internship I ended up getting was working as a literary assistant for a theatre production company. I was astounded by IES' ability to obtain an internship that was both intriguing and relevant to what I wanted to do after college. In addition to the internship, we were also placed in high-quality apartments that came furnished with almost everything we could need. The staff at our centre was incredibly friendly and helpful, and by the time we left Dublin, they had become friends. IES also created a perfect balance between school work and free time. We didn't have Friday classes, and we were given a midterm break, but the classes were still engaging, and the teachers held high expectations for us so that it was impossible to leave Dublin without knowing quite a lot more about Irish history and culture. Apart from IES, Dublin was the perfect size. It was possible to walk almost anywhere within the city, and a day trip to the a seaside town was always only a short train ride away. Overall, it was hard to leave both the city and the people, but I will always take Dublin with me.

    *I know now that it would have been impossible for my experience to not be worth it.

    How could this program be improved?

    One thing I would have liked would to be able to meet more Irish peers. This program was a group of Americans studying and living together, so it was hard to become friends with locals. However, IES does offer a direct enrollment program, but this was not one of them.

    Photos:
    On the Rocks in Dalkey
    O'Connell Bridge
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  • Ah
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Brooklyn Park, Minnesota
    University of Minnesota
    8/10
    Reminder & Check
    04/13/2016

    All host families are different and all my friends had different experiences with their host family. I originally thought I would be spending a lot of time with my host family, such as going out with them on their daily errands or learning Japanese culture from them. Instead, my experience was very mundane. They spent the majority of their time watching television, going over assignments with their children and preparing for dinner. It was a bit difficult to communicate with them because my Japanese level was not as high and elaborating on topics was very difficult on both ends. But, before you think about seriously applying to IES Abroad for Nanzan University, you should check if their Japanese courses are align with yours. For example, Nanzan University of second year Japanese does not start off with GENKI 2, it starts off with GENKI 2 chapter 15.

    I was glad I chose IES, because they took us to various locations that were popular in Japan. Fushimi Inari, which is a shrine in Kyoto, was probably one of the best ones in my opinion. Also, just be prepared to have a jam-packed schedule whenever you go on your trips. You do have a short breaks in between activities to rest, but at most we got around 2 hours to rest, which is not a lot when you are always on the go.

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  • Matthew
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Novato, California
    Santa Clara University
    10/10
    Argentina: A Hidden Gem
    04/13/2016

    When I studied abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina, I went out of my comfort zone and got the most out of the experience. I learned about the culture in Argentina and how people there are so passionate that it brought out a side of me that no other experience can. I learned so much about how Argentina operates on a daily basis. I was able to see many differences in lifestyle and norms in society that made me appreciate what I have in the U.S. and what I grew to love in Argentina. I developed so much more as a person where I could express myself in a different setting through the Spanish language and understand life in Argentina. I learned the most from my host parents who taught me how to get around the city and to travel to places in and out of Argentina that would be worth seeing.

    One of my best memories I have is going to Iguazu Falls to see one of the seven natural wonders of the world. I went to the falls with a small group for a weekend trip towards the beginning of my program when it was still warm there, but not overly humid and tropical. I spent one full day in the Iguazu Falls Park with my group of friends and that was enough. We went up to the top of the falls at La Garganta del Diablo and went below the falls and explored other parts of the park on the Argentina side. The falls separate Brazil and Argentina and it was amazing to see it all. One reason why one day was enough for me was because of the coati animals that live in the park. The coatis are kind of like raccoons, except they have really sharp claws and can open backpacks and steal food. There are many signs in the park warning you that they can scratch or bite you. When we first saw them, we were so excited to see them and got as many pictures as we could. But towards the end of the day there, as we were on our last hike down a trail, we were tired of them after they swarmed us when we were having lunch. We shooed them away and wanted to get out of the park. With all that happened, from taking in the spectacular views to fighting off the coatis, it was well worth the trip especially bonding with my friends there in the park and on our 20-hour bus ride there and 20 hours back.

    How could this program be improved?

    The only thing I would say to improve the program is the level of organization for planned events. I learned to understand that Argentines are not punctual people and they are more relaxed, so I got used to it. In a way, it was fun to have events not run on time and change my normal to their normal of running late and not being in a hurry. Although this may seem as a waste of time (and in some cases it definitely was) I learned to appreciate the culture and not hold people so closely to a strict time schedule for events that should happen when they are planned.

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  • Darby
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Rochester, NY
    University of Rochester
    10/10
    Salamanca Fall 2015
    04/13/2016

    My semester abroad was four of the most rewarding months of my life- I made new friends, improved my Spanish and became a more cultured and open-minded person. While abroad, I took classes both through my program and at a local university (Universidad Pontificia de Salamanca). As part of a full immersion program, I can attest to the fact that there is no better way to learn a language than to be put into situations where you have to use it. The amount of confidence that I have when speaking has increased so much from my time in Spain. Our program offered a great support system and any questions or concerns we had were dealt with immediately. I'm so glad I decided to go outside my comfort zone and study abroad- I wouldn't trade my experience for anything!

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish we were given more info about how to travel to and from Salamanca, given that Salamanca is a smaller city, traveling, if you weren't using the right services could be hectic.

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  • Paulina
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Boston
    Babson College
    10/10
    Study Abroad - Paris BIA
    04/13/2016

    I spent my last semester studying abroad in Paris. I had an amazing time and so I'm extremely grateful with the IES Paris BIA program coordinators and staff for making this such an unforgettable experience! From day 1 of orientation to the last day of classes, the IES Paris BIA staff was always very friendly and welcoming, they would always go out of their way to make sure were happy and never passed an opportunity to share with us special events occurring around the city so that we could go and explore them.

    To that point, the IES Paris program had a variety of different field trips within the city, but also to other regions in France. These were one of my favorite things about the program as they allowed us to get to know our peers, but also to get immersed in our host country's culture.

    The classes were also an opportunity for us to learn more about France as they were all tailored to provide us with unique insights about the Parisian lifestyle. I was a little worried about the course credits not transferring properly, but the IES staff was very helpful in explaining how this worked in order to avoid such issues.

    As for my housing situation, I can only speak for staying with a homestay as that was the option I went for. I had a wonderful experience, and truly recommend doing this when studying abroad. IES did such a great job matching students to host families that everyone felt very comfortable with their living situation.

    Overall a very well organized program, offering a unique way of experiencing Paris, and something I will never forget!

    How could this program be improved?

    The program only recruited students from American universities and so there seemed to be a lack of diversity in the students that participated the program.

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