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.

IES Abroad

Most Recent Program Reviews

Lindsay
Female
20 years old
Atlanta, GA
Emory University

A presto, Milano

Overall 9

I'd never realized my eyes were closed until I opened them to the world of study abroad, in Milan. With the support of the wonderful IES staff, I embarked on an incredible adventure, l'esperienza di una vita ("experience of a lifetime"). There were three housing options, but I chose to live in an Italian dorm. In this way, I soon became a part of two unique and welcoming communities, that of my dorm and that of IES. I could practice Italian every day with the new friends I made, learn about life at other Italian universities, and learn about Italian cultural differences from people of different regions. At IES, I had my formal academic classes and heard about all the events, activities, and hidden gems of Milan that we should discover. Of these, for example, I attended a concert at the famous Teatro alla Scala (free tickets from IES!), visited museums on the first Sunday of every month (free in Milan!), and attended the wildly popular Artigiano in Fiera, a massive market with goods from around the world. Milan has so much to offer, and it is truly an amazing city where it's easy to explore via metro, on foot, or even on bike! I recommend taking advantage of all opportunities available- whether that be hopping on a train from Milano Centrale to Torino for a day, practicing Italian with one of the IES Italian community assistants, or taking a stroll around the city and finding a Roman ruin. I felt I learned more in a semester than I had in a lifetime, simply by absorbing these new things around me. I highly recommend studying in Milan; with IES as your guide, you too can discover la bellezza ("beauty") di Milano, just open your eyes and take it all in...

How can this program be improved?

The program should be more clear about what academic opportunities there are- for example, I thought I would be able to get a Computer Science or Biology course at a nearby university (these are my majors), but ended up having a semester without taking credits for either of them (which was very stressful at first, as I was very worried about being behind at my home university).

Kalista
Female
20 years old
London, England
Le Moyne College

London Life

Overall 10

Deciding to study abroad was one of the hardest decisions to make. I'm so glad I did it though. One of the best things I loved was that the IES Center was in the heart of London and my dorm room was right next to platform 9 3/4! I think that is what made it an even better experience. I was able to walk to big ben and trafalgar square in between classes. I was taking communication courses at the school and thought they were not super difficult which was great because I could focus more on traveling and less on stress! One thing I learned from this trip was that there is so much beauty out there, and I learned so much about myself. I learned how to travel and go unplugged from the internet and still find happiness. I didn't even care about my phone at that point. It was a twenty minute walk from my dorm to class everyday, and I loved it. Most students took the double decker bus, but I walked. I put headphones in and would walk miles everyday. I did this because I knew I wouldn't remember the bus seats, but I would remember all the great things on the streets I would see. Overall, I was very very pleased with IES. I even went on five field trips.... including going inside 10 Downing Street!

How can this program be improved?

The housing company that IES goes through were a little rude, but they would have parties and fun activities for us to do which made up for it.

Nick
Male
20 years old
Oxford, Ohio
Miami University

IES Abroad Granada

Overall 9

I had a fantastic time during my study abroad trip to Granada with IES Abroad. I am very happy with my overall experience and there is not much that I would change about it. My Spanish wildly improved after living there for an entire semester and I made great friends who I was heartbroken to leave. I had many great experiences both traveling around Spain and in Granada, and I wouldn't trade them for anything. My classes were interesting and informative and I was able to greatly refine the focus of my major during my time studying there. I would definitely recommend IES Abroad, with its great teachers and directors, to anyone looking to have a great experience abroad.

How can this program be improved?

I don't have much to improve. It was a great experience.

Program Listings

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 options that are designed...
53 reviews
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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 are grouped into language...
52 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 deeper knowledge of Britis...
46 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 of the Universidad Complu...
44 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 International Relations like...
43 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 language and area studies cour...
39 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 course and choose from a va...
32 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 explore the city’s 20 unique...
31 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, and many more. Enjoy al...
29 reviews
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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, University of New South Wale...
29 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 taught by faculty from top...
28 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 the Spanish language and La...
25 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 Dublin City University (DCU)...
24 reviews
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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 university in Spain and one of...
23 reviews
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IES Abroad consists of a passionate team of international educators who have been facilitating programs since 1950. To date, they have established ove...
22 reviews
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