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.

IES Abroad

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 35+-year-old program is to help you explore contemporary London, both physically and culturally. Gain a...
    38 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...
    34 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...
    33 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.
  • France
    This program combines rigorous study of the French language with a broad range of classes taught in French by accomplished...
    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.
  • 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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  • 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...
    22 reviews
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  • 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,...
    22 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 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...
    21 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-...
    19 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...
    18 reviews
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  • Chile
    The IES Abroad Santiago Program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying...
    17 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study Abroad with IES Abroad in Milan
    Italy
    No matter what level of Italian you speak, we invite you to study here and experience Milan's rich culture. You are placed...
    16 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.

Program Reviews

  • Lang
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    South Hadley, MA
    Mount Holyoke College
    10/10
    Fantastic 4 Months in Nanzan
    02/05/2016

    I improved my language abilities greatly during staying with host family and studying in Nanzan and passed N1 level in Japanese Language Proficiency Test. Field trips were great, and dinners provided were just beyond my expectation! The courses provided by Nanzan were satisfying that Japanese Traditional Art was offered, which I took Ikebana (The Flower Arrangement) and it was amazing! Language courses were pretty intensive but helpful if you truly want to improve your Japanese. Teachers were humorous,kind, and always love to help students when they have problems. IES staffs in Nagoya also helped me a lot. Host family was very friendly and I got a lot of care and love from them. Living with host family will be a good choice if you want to have more chances to practice spoken Japanese. Love 4 months with IES, Nanzan and Nagoya! Sincerely hope to stay for 1 year in Nagoya rather than 1 semester.

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  • Sarah
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Northfield, MN
    Saint Olaf College
    9/10
    Clueless
    02/05/2016

    I think we all go abroad with expectations, whether lofty or minimal, and I was no different. I was hoping to live with a family and I imaged us sharing breakfast at the family table and going for hikes on weekends. I had just learned who my voice teacher would be and I imagined rigorous lessons and excitement. I guess my most far fetched idea was that I imagined that thing they call "cultural immersion" to just happen; all I would have to do is be in Italy and BAM, I'd immediately be immersed in Italian culture.

    Well, let me say now that I was clueless. Going abroad taught me that although expectations can foster excitement and anticipation, they come nowhere close to ones actual experience. I didn't just eat breakfast and hike with my family; I learned how to make pasta and I went to my homestay brothers rugby games. My voices lesson pushed me to a new vocal level and showed me what it really takes to be successful in the performance field. Finally, through meeting incredible friends and traveling all over Italy, I was blessed by Italy's culture. But, as you can see from all of my experiences, it took me venturing out and embracing my circumstances, no matter how foreign they appeared to me, to exceed my own expectations. The most important thing (as cheesey as it sounds) is to get out there and make your experience happen. (example: You'll never get to marvel at the crystal blue waters of the Cinque Terre if you never buy the train ticket)

    The one thing I did not expect when I went abroad is that my life would change forever; no joke! Now that I'm back, I know that all cappuccinos are not treated equal and you should never pay 1 euro 40 for one, that wifi is important and you should check if restaurants who advertise it actually have it before you sit down, and that you only stir bechamel in a clock-wise motion or else you'll ruin it (per my homestay dad). Back in America, I see life though a different, more relaxed lense and that's all because I went abroad.

    How could this program be improved?

    My program could have been improved by warning students that they would be getting the FULL Italian experience, meaning relaxed deadlines and no rushing around for something a student may see as a priority.

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  • Gabrielle
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Texas
    Austin College
    10/10
    IES Abroad Tokyo - Learn and Immerse Yourself in Japanese Culture
    02/05/2016

    My study abroad through the IES program was an amazing experience. From the beginning, IES Chicago and Tokyo sent regular emails, regarding all predeparture information and tips. If you choose to do so, there is also an E-pal program through IES and the university you'll attend in Japan, which lets you get in touch with a Japanese student before arriving. This makes for an easier transition into school and friend-life once in Japan- and something I highly recommend! My home stay family was caring and supportive, which helped greatly with immersing myself within the culture and to develop language skills. Academics aren't exactly difficult, but some classes may take more time than others. Most importantly, choose a Japanese course that's a good fit for you, so you can learn the language well enough to have fun! No matter what you take in school- there is plenty of time to explore, go on IES sponsored trips, and participate in your own interests (nightlife, shopping, touring, etc.). But make sure to take time to immerse yourself in the culture individually as well, and go out there! IES does a great job guiding you, as well as giving you freedom.

    How could this program be improved?

    Give more detailed course descriptions before having to sign up for classes.

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  • Hayley
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Washington, DC.
    Pomona College
    8/10
    Paris French Studies
    02/05/2016

    Overall, IES was an amazing experience. The cliche saying 'study abroad changed my life,' is true.

    While I found the classes to be rather dull at times, the other aspects of the program compensated greatly. The planned program excursions and dinners were educational, fun, and a great way to meet the other students. I found the freedom to control our own schedules forced me to become more independent and rely on myself. I loved my outside university classes. Furthermore, my homestay was perfect. I loved living in a residential area with a real french family.

    I would strongly recommend this program to future students!

    How could this program be improved?

    The classes can be largely improved. Instruction was dull- and class topics were outdated.

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    View from my host family's balcony!
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  • Ali
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Tampa, FL
    University of Tampa
    9/10
    Living like a pop star
    02/04/2016

    A lot of people know about the French Riviera because they hear lavish stories about celebrities vacationing to St. Tropez or Monaco but imagine actually living like a princess in one of the most beautiful places in the world. My experience in the French Riviera has no comparison. I lived in Nice for two weeks and spent the duration of my program in Antibes. Both places are must-see places in the Riviera along with Monaco, Eze, Cannes, and St. Tropez. I was also able to travel all over and go to events like Oktoberfest with friends. IES made this an amazing experience because of the help and support they provided throughout the experience. My program was small (only 7 students and two staff) so we became like a family. I also made so many friends at SKEMA. The exchange program at SKEMA allows you to make friends from around the world. Some of my best friends were from Australia, Mexico, Chile, Colombia, and France. It was the best time of my life. I came to France knowing very little of the language or culture and feeling very insecure about my ability to communicate and navigate. I left France feeling confident speaking French and navigating the city as well as new cities. Seeing this growth within myself was probably one of the most rewarding things. Also, I came to France by myself. For anyone who isn't afraid to step out of their comfort zone, I would highly recommend going abroad alone. I guarantee you will open yourself up to so many opportunities to meet incredible people and create life long memories.

    How could this program be improved?

    I hope their housing improves for students as well as the excursions offered by the program.

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