IES Abroad

Program Provider

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

Jenna
Female
Falls Church, VA
University of Virginia

IES Barcelona, la mejor experiencia de mi vida

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10

IES provided the best experience I could ask for in a study abroad program. I participated in the IES Barcelona: Liberal Arts and Business program during the fall semester of 2016. Before I left, IES was very communicative with all the necessary information about things to do before departure. It all feels very overwhelming at first, but IES explained all the steps, including housing, Visas, and more in a clear and immensely helpful way. They offered a wide variety of classes so I was able to take some in my field as well as others that fascinated me. I can say with certainty that the quality of the education IES provides is amazing. As a foreign affairs major, this was the absolute best opportunity for me to learn about the world in an immersive and engaging setting. The faculty were incredible and always there to help or talk to. The classes were probably more challenging than most study abroad classes, but I learned so much, and it definitely was not too much work because I traveled or explored Barcelona every weekend! I stayed in an apartment with four roommates. I did not get a language immersive experience as I would have had in a homestay, but I enjoyed being independent and the freedom it allowed. Also, I have heard there is a discrepancy in the quality of the apartments, so while mine was decent, others were much better and others were much worse. For the city specifically, Barcelona is the best! There are endless amounts of things to do, the weather is gorgeous, and it is a central travel hub so getting around Europe is so easy. I miss it so much and this experience will be one that I will never ever forget. 10/10 would recommend Barcelona and IES!

Monica
Female
21 years old
Ithaca, NY
Ithaca College

My Time in Dublin

Overall
10

Studying abroad was one of the greatest experiences I have had so far in my life. Studying abroad and travelling by myself to a new country really taught me about responsibility and independence, much more so than moving to another state for college did. I also solo traveled to other countries during my study abroad experience for the first time and I learned a lot about myself, became more comfortable with myself, and gained a lot more confidence. The classes I took as a part of the IES Dublin Writer's Program were also incredible. I loved getting more insight into Irish history and culture through classes, whether it be through literature or discussions about the Irish professional culture. Many of my classmates and friends, as well, during my stay in Ireland are still some of my closest friends to this day and we continue to stay in touch despite attending different colleges around the US. I also made many Irish friends outside of the program through travel, my internship, and religious services, many of whom I am still in contact with and am still close with today.

How can this program be improved?
These are very small critiques, but the beds in our student apartments were very uncomfortable and the laundry at the apartments broke down a few times. Also the walk to IES from the apartments was a bit far, around 40 to 45 minutes. I personally didn't mind the walk, but at times it would have been nice for it to be shorter.
Emily
Female
20 years old
New Hampshire
Saint Anselm College

Abroad in Freiburg

Overall
10

I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about this program and this city. I felt right at home in Freiburg while taking intriguing and challenging courses and still getting ample opportunities to travel. I was forced to use German about 80% of the time, which really improved my language skills. I lived with an amazing host family on the outskirts of the city and I felt that was a great living atmosphere. I highly recommend the IES Abroad Freiburg Language and Area Studies program to anyone interested in furthering their German language skills in an adorable little city!

How can this program be improved?
Coordinating the academic schedule among classes a little better would be helpful-- I felt incredibly swamped with school work during the last two weeks.

Program Listings

Barcelona
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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

54 reviews
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Granada
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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

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

47 reviews
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London
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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

46 reviews
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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

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

40 reviews
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Rome
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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

34 reviews
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Paris
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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

32 reviews
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Paris
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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

30 reviews
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Vienna
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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

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

29 reviews
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Dublin
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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

25 reviews
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Santiago
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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

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Salamanca
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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

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

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