IES Abroad
95% Rating
(1031 Reviews)

IES Abroad

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.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Morgan
Female
25 years old
United States
Bowdoin College

Supportive, fun and all around great experience

10/10

IES Madrid is a great program that I highly recommend! It is in an incredible location and I loved being in Madrid and getting to know the city. My host mom was incredible and the staff really wants each student to feel comfortable. My classes were challenging and ranged from analyzing Spanish film to going to the Prado museum twice a week to study paintings. I thoroughly enjoyed this program and all of the different academic options as well as the program trips. The staff is incredibly kind and patient and I made some great friends!

How can this program be improved?

I would make the option to take classes at the Spanish University a bit more clear and accessible! I ended up not taking one ( and took other great classes) but I felt it was a bit challenging to find one that fit my schedule at the larger Spanish University.

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Jessica
Female
21 years old
Kansas City, MO
Indiana University- Bloomington

Best Decision of my Life!

10/10

My study abroad experience was made 10x better because of the people I met through IES and the excursions we went on through the program. Christchurch is a cute city and soon felt like home. It is rebuilding from the 2011 earthquake still but it's adding quirky and fun additions, and it has perfectly cozy coffeeshops for studying. It's also perfectly located to easily reach the best destinations in New Zealand over the weekends. IES, and Eunice our program director, made the experience even better. The first week, you're exploring and instantly making incredible connections with people. You also have occasional meetings to reflect so that the semester has a meaningful impact on you. And the semester break fieldtrip to the Cook Islands... do it! IES has us do activities that you wouldn't think of doing or wouldn't know how to book on your own, and it's just all so fun! I have absolutely no regrets on choosing IES Christchurch and it was the most amazing experience of my life.

How can this program be improved?

If they organized a reunion... I'm already missing my other IES people like crazy!

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William
Male
21 years old
Claremont, CA
Pomona College

Sueños de Salamanca

9/10

Salamanca was a fantastic experience, and I can’t wait to go back and visit again. I am really grateful to the IES program for giving me a strong basis for exploring Spain and Spanish culture. The homestay was one of the best experiences-living with a local family, being immersed in the culture almost 24/7 helped me adjust quickly and start experiencing Spanish culture less as a tourist and more as a temporary resident.
I do have a couple regrets though. In taking classes at the University of Salamanca, I met a lot of Spanish friends, and got to know them and Spanish people my age better, but I wish I had spent more time with them. I think that one of the best ways for me to improve my Spanish is to spend it surrounded by native speakers, and my friends were always enthusiastic to spend time with a foreigner. Of course, I did enjoy my classes at the IES center, but there I wasn’t as immersed in Spanish culture as I wanted-my classmates were fellow Americans, and the classes were presented in an American style. Although we did have Spanish teachers, and the American style was to help us adjust, I would have preferred taking more classes at the Spanish university.

Program Listings

Spain

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There are a wide variety of courses available, primarily taught in English by our world-class faculty. When you arrive, you a...

Spain

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Our curriculum takes full advantage of Andalusia and all southern Spain has to offer. The program offers two unique program o...

Spain

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Our program is designed for students who want to experience the vitality of Spain and the large urban university environment...

England

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The goal of our over 35-year-old program is to help you explore contemporary London, both physically and culturally. Gain a d...

Germany

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Taught in English, the IES Abroad European Union Program gives you the chance to study Politics, Economics, Business, and Int...

France

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The IES Abroad Nantes Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through langu...

Italy

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No matter what your level of Italian language proficiency, this program is for you. Students enroll in an Italian language co...

France

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Imagine practicing your French as you order a pain au chocolat at your neighborhood bakery. Meeting local students as you exp...

France

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Paris is also known as the fashion capital of the world, hosting designers such as Chanel, Christian Dior, Yves Saint-Laurent...

Austria

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Open to students at all language levels, our program brings more than 60 years of experience to a variety of unique courses t...

Australia

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Our study abroad program in Sydney offers you the opportunity to directly enroll in the prestigious Macquarie University, Uni...

Spain

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The program allows you to be involed in the academic and social life of the Universidad de Salamanca (USAL), the oldest unive...

Ireland

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You won’t need the luck of the Irish to have an unforgettable study abroad experience in Dublin. By directly enrolling at Dub...

Chile

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The IES Abroad Santiago Program allows you to fully immerse yourself in the daily life and culture of Chile while studying th...

North America

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IES Abroad consists of a passionate team of international educators who have been facilitating programs since 1950. To date,...