IES Abroad (Institute for the Int'l Education of Students)

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About IES Abroad (Institute for the Int'l Education of Students)

IES Abroad aims to provide topnotch study abroad programs for American students that deliver the highest quality education while promoting development of intercultural competence. We are committed to placing the interest of our students first, to the delivery of superior academic programs, and to providing excellent service to our students and educational partners around the globe. We believe transparency, best practices, and maintaining the integrity of our business principles are in the best interest of our students, our global academic partners, and our organization.

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IES Abroad Granada - Semester/Year Program

Spain : Granada

Many travelers who visit Granada insist it's the must-see city in all of Spain. With one of the clearest windows into Spain's unique historical symbiosis of Islam, Christianity,...

IES Abroad Madrid - Language Area Studies Semester/Year


The IES Abroad Madrid Program is designed for those who want to experience the vitality of Spain! Live in its capital city and through course enrollment at the Universidad...

IES Abroad - Nantes Semester/Year Program

France : Nantes

Parlez-vous français? Anyone with four semesters of university-level French is qualified to participate in the Nantes Semester or Year Long Program! With a wide range of...

IES Abroad London - Study London Semester/Year Program

England : London

Come supplement the value an undergraduate degree with a study abroad or international internship experience in London! Programs include: Economics, Health Practice, International...

IES Abroad Milan - Semester/Year Program

Italy : Milan

Ciao é benvenuti in Italia! Milan is a wonderful blend of classic architecture and Italian culture as well as a global center for finance, education, commerce, design, and...

IES Abroad Vienna - Music Semester/Year Program

Austria : Vienna

For more than 60 years, IES has been building quality study abroad programs. IES offers a unique opportunity to music students to study in Vienna and explore the performance...

IES Abroad Vienna - European Society & Culture Semester/Year Program

Austria : Vienna

Open to students at all language levels, the IES European Society & Culture in Vienna program puts students in the heart of a country that plays a major role on the world...

IES Abroad European Union - Semester Program

Germany : Freiburg

Taught in English, the IES Abroad European Union Program gives you the chance to study Politics, Economics, Business, and International Relations like you never have before....

IES Abroad Paris - Business & International Affairs

France : Paris

The IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs Program offers students the option to take English-taught courses with French and international students at Novancia,...

IES Abroad Christchurch - Semester/Year Program

New Zealand : Christchurch

Direct enroll and study for a semester or academic year at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand with IES Abroad. Students can take part in amazing outdoor activities...

IES Abroad Freiburg - Language Area Studies Semester/Year Program

Germany : Freiburg

Located in Freiburg, Germany, IES Abroads Language and Area Studies program offers students the chance to live in a city steeped with medieval history. Yet, the city is

IES Abroad Paris - French Studies Semester/Year Program

France : Paris

Come study abroad in one of the most beautiful and famous cities in the world! Spend one semester or an entire year living, studying, and traveling through Paris, France....

IES Abroad Santiago - Semester/Year Program

Chile : Santiago

Santiago is a modern metropolis, one that visitors will come to know for its lively neighborhoods and unique charm. A Spanish-immersion program, the IES Abroad Santiago Program...

IES Abroad Salamanca - Semester/Year Programs

Spain : Salamanca

Situated on the northwestern corner of the beautiful Castilian plain not far from the border of Portugal, Salamanca proudly identifies itself as the home of one of Europe's...

IES Abroad Rome - Semester/Year Program

Italy : Roma (Rome)

Gain valuable international experience by studying in Rome! The unique city is filled with over 1 million people going about their days in a modern society while commuting...

IES Barcelona: Liberal Arts & Business Semester/Year Program

Spain : Barcelona

Spend a semester or year living in the Mediterranean sunshine of Barcelona. Located on Spain's northeastern coast, Barcelona's international population and famous art scene...

IES Abroad Buenos Aires - Advanced Spanish Immersion

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Live and study in Buenos Aires with this IES program specially designed for those with advanced Spanish language skills! What better way to perfect the language than chatting...

IES Abroad Sydney - Semester/Year Program

Australia : Sydney

Take advantage of the chance to live and learn in Sydney, one of the most beautiful and livable cities in the world! Students can immerse themselves in the academic and student...

IES Abroad Beijing - Contemporary China & Chinese Language

China : Beijing

Our Contemporary China & Chinese Language program offers students an array of Chinese language courses, including upper level, topic-based Chinese language electives, and...

IES Abroad Amsterdam - Study Amsterdam Semester/Year Program

Netherlands : Amsterdam

Study abroad in the beautiful city of Amsterdam, Netherlands with IES, one of the oldest and most trusted programs in the business. With IES Abroad Amsterdam Semester and...

IES Abroad Madrid - Summer Program

Spain : Madrid

The seat of Spain's government, Madrid is also a cultural center and home to many famous museums. Participants can visits the Prado and the Reina Sofia, where Picasso's Guernica...

IES Abroad Dublin - Irish General Studies Semester/Year Program

Ireland : Dublin

Located in Dublin, Ireland IES Irish General Studies Semester/Year Program allows students to live and study in the famed capital of Ireland. Classes focus on tradition,

IES Abroad Barcelona- Language & Area Studies Summer Program

Spain : Barcelona

This program is designed for students who want to experience contemporary Spanish culture from the Catalonian perspective in a challenging academic environment. Language

IES Abroad Delhi - Semester/Year Program

India : Delhi

IES Abroad Study in Delhi program offers a challenging academic program that focuses on contemporary India while still embracing its cultural and historical context. Students...

IES Abroad Berlin - Language & Area Studies Semester/Year Program

Germany : Berlin

With IES Abroad Berlin, students can take their German language skills to the next level. IES offers students the opportunity to take classes at several different universities...

IES Abroad Santiago - Health Studies January Term

Chile : Santiago

Ideal for students considering careers in health-related fields, this program offers students the opportunity to learn about health care policy and delivery systems in the...

IES Abroad London and Oxford - Health Practice and Policy

England : London, Oxford

Interested in Health Practice and Policy? Well why not take advantage of an incredible opportunity that will take every student on a journey through Health Practice. Spend...

Advanced Spanish Studies Semester/Year Program in Barcelona

Spain : Barcelona

If you've had at least four semesters of college-level Spanish, this is your chance to directly enroll in a local university and speak, write, and understand Spanish to the...

IES Abroad London - Theater Studies Semester Program

England : London

Engage in London's rich historical and contemporary theatrical tradition through the IES Abroad London Theater Studies program! The core curriculum gives students the chance...

IES Abroad Siena - Semester/Year Program

Italy : Siena

Prepare to be charmed by Sienas medieval history and rich culture. Located on three hills in the heart of the enchanting Tuscan countryside, this ancient city's historical...

IES Abroad Nagoya - Direct Enrollment Semester/Year Program

Japan : Nagoya

Students with a desire to deeply experience Japanese culture will find their perfect study abroad experience in Nagoya. Students will be directly enrolled into the university...

IES Abroad Auckland - Semester/Year Program

New Zealand : Auckland

Study abroad in beautiful New Zealand with IES Abroads Auckland Direct Enrollment at the University of Auckland program. With programs running through the fall and spring...

IES Abroad Buenos Aires Latin American Societies and Culture

Argentina : Buenos Aires

Practice your Spanish language out of the classroom by living and learning in one of Latin Americas most exciting cities: Buenos Aires. Open to students of all language

IES Abroad Milan - Business Studies

Italy : Milan

Milan, Italy is the perfect location for business students to study abroad. Students interested in expanding their knowledge of European commerce will love this program in...

IES Abroad Arles - Summer Program

France : Arles

The IES Abroad Arles Summer program provides a unique opportunity to for students to immerse themselves in French language study. Students experience the culture of the Midi...

IES Abroad Tokyo - Language Intensive Semester/Year Program

Japan : Tokyo

Studying at Meikai University in Urayasu is the perfect opportunity for any student who wants to immerse themselves in Japanese culture. Students on this program will learn...

IES Abroad Beijing - Summer Program

China : Beijing

Students can study in Beijing this summer and improve their language skills through this intensive program. Offering an ideal environment for acquiring and improving Chinese...

IES Abroad Milan - Music: Tradition & Innovation

Italy : Milan

This is the perfect program for students with a passion for music and a desire to immerse themselves in Italian culture. Milan has always been a staple of musical innovation....

IES Abroad Kunming - Regional Dev. in China & Southeast Asia

China : Kunming

Kunming is emerging as an important gateway city between China and Southeast Asia for regional trade, people relocating, and exploring. New highways, high-speed rail networks,...

IES Abroad Madrid - Engineering Semester Program

Spain : Madrid

Madrid is a leader in industry, commerce, and technology. The bustling hub of worldwide activity offers the perfect setting for a study abroad program focusing on engineering...

IES Abroad in the Galapagos - Semester Program

Ecuador : Galapagos Islands

With the IES Abroad Galapagos Islands Direct Enrollment program, students get to experience the islands and animals that changed the world's view on science, religion, and...

IES Abroad Shanghai - Economy, Business & Society

China : Shanghai

Experience first-hand all that Shanghai has to offer! The city is an economic and cultural hub of more than 18 million people where students can learn to communicate in Mandarin,...

IES Abroad Berlin - Language and Culture Summer Program

Germany : Berlin

Earn up to nine academic credits while spending the summer studying in Berlin, Germany. This program helps students develop German language skills with courses taught in

IES Abroad London - UK Today Summer Program

England : London

Spend a summer in London experiencing the true Londoner charm and culture. While taking two classes for six credits, students have the opportunity to live abroad for a summer...

IES Abroad: Global Brilliance Begins Here

-Multi-Country Locations : -Multi-Country Locations, Argentina and 19 other locations , Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, China, Ecuador, England, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Netherlands, New Zealand, South Africa, Spain, Turkey Show less

IES Abroad offers 130+ programs in more than 35 locations worldwide for undergraduate students. We're a little obsessed with study abroad, and not at all ashamed to admit...

IES Abroad Vienna Summer - Psychology

Austria : Vienna

In Vienna, the birthplace of psychoanalysis and home to Sigmund Freud and numerous other legendary psychologists, students can experience both the history and practice of...

IES Abroad Rio de Janeiro - Study Brazil

Brazil : Rio de Janeiro

This program combines Brazil's rich history, the academic excellence of the local universities, a booming economy, and the unmatched opportunities for living and learning...

IES Abroad Rabat - Semester/Year Program

Morocco : Rabat

Delve into the fascinating layers of this North African nation as you learn Modern Standard Arabic with courses at all levels (no prior language experience is required).

IES Internships Rome Summer - Internship

Italy : Roma (Rome)

This is the perfect opportunity for a student who wants to boost their resume through relevant experience, while having the adventure of a lifetime. Living and working in...

IES Abroad Dublin - National Theatre School of Ireland Summer Program

Ireland : Dublin

The IES Abroad Dublin Summer Intensive Acting Program will give you the opportunity to explore Dublin as you gain an intensive, practical approach to performance. Over the...

IES Internships Dublin Summer - Internship

Ireland : Dublin

Superb internship placements will expose interns to Dublin's exciting political, literary, and business life. The IES Abroad Dublin Summer Internship Program takes participants...

IES Abroad Freiburg - Environmental Studies & Sustainability Semester/Year Program

Germany : Freiburg

The environmental movement took root in Freiburg long ago and now it's a way of life. Freiburg is known for taking the lead in the development of eco-friendly technologies...

IES Abroad Quito - Direct Enrollment Semester/Year Program

Ecuador : Quito

While in Quito on the IES Abroad Quito Direct Enrollment program, students will enroll at the Universidad de San Francisco Quito (USFQ) and take all of their courses at the...

IES Abroad Dublin - Irish General Studies Summer Program

Ireland : Dublin

Study in Dublin, Ireland for the summer with IES Abroad Dublin - Irish General Studies Summer Program. Students participate in an intensive academic introduction to Irish...

IES Abroad Istanbul Direct Enrollment - Bogazici University

Turkey : Istanbul

Istanbul, is a culturally rich, city bustling with life. This is the perfect location for students with a heart for adventure to study. IES students take courses at Bogazici...

Istanbul - Gateway to the Middle East and the Islamic World

Turkey : Istanbul

The immaculate and historically diverse city of Istanbul, Turkey is dynamic and exciting! Experience the the city where east meets west while studying both Turkish and Middle...

IES Internships Barcelona Summer - Internship

Spain : Barcelona

The IES Abroad Barcelona Summer Intensive Internship Program is designed to develop students' Spanish language and professional skills through an internship placement. Students...

IES Abroad Rabat - Summer Program

Morocco : Rabat

Spend a summer studying in Rabat, the capital of Morocco. Students will experience life in the vibrant city through delicious street cafes and visiting the modern Ville Nouvelle....

IES Abroad Paris - Intermediate Language

France : Paris

Learn about French culture and history while improving your French language abilities as a student in the IES Abroad Paris Summer Intermediate Language Program! While studying...

IES Abroad European Union - Summer Program

Germany : Freiburg

Based in Freiburg, Germany, known as the "Jewel of the Black Forest," the European Union Summer Program takes students on extended field study trips. Students will visit

IES Abroad London - Summer Internship Program


The IES Abroad London Summer Internship Program focuses on practical experience in the workplace, complemented by classroom learning, and the cultivation of global leadership...

IES Abroad Tokyo - Society & Culture Semester/Year Program

Japan : Tokyo

Expand your understanding of Japan in our Society & Culture Program by taking a 6-credit language course specially designed for IES Abroad students (no previous Japanese

IES Abroad Cape Town - Semester/Year Program

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Field experience in and around Cape Town is a core component in our Cape Town Direct Enrollment - University of Cape Town program. Enroll in an IES Abroad field experience...

IES Abroad Quito - Area Studies & Language Semester/Year Program

Ecuador : Quito

Quito is home to over 1.8 million people and a UNESCO World Heritage Site just waiting to be explored! Programs begin in the fall and spring but students can stay the whole...

IES Abroad Salamanca - Summer Program

Spain : Salamanca

Not far from Portugal and less than 125 miles from Madrid, Salamanca is in the center of the old kingdom of Castile, where Spanish originated. Central to the rest of the

IES Abroad Paris - Beginning Language Summer Program

France : Paris

The best way to learn a language is to be completely immersed in it. With the Beginning Language Summer program, any student, regardless of skill level, has the opportunity...

IES Abroad Milan - Summer Program

Italy : Milan

Study or intern abroad for a summer in Milan, Italy! The city is bursting with life in the summer months as locals and tourists from around the world take in the endless

IES Abroad Summer Program in Tokyo

Japan : Tokyo

This program is excellent for serious students at all levels who seek to study Japanese language in an intensive 6-credit course and delve into an exciting exploration of...

IES Abroad Nice DE. – Université Nice Sophia Antipolis

France : Nice

Get the chance to enroll directly at France. The program is ideal for students with advanced French language skills, interested in learning and living in Nice, experiencing...

IES Abroad Nice Direct Enrollment - SKEMA

France : Antibes, Nice

Take the opportunity to learn and live alongside French and international students through direct enrollment at SKEMA Business School. Their state-of-the-art business campus...

IES Abroad Nice - French Studies & Business on the Riviera

France : Nice

Bask in the wonderful things that Côte d'Azur offers while studying the history and culture of French Mediterranean coast, learning about business, and improving your language...

IES Abroad London - Direct Enrollment Semester/Year Program

England : London

IES Abroad (Institute for the International Education of Students) offers a direct enrollment semester or year program in one of the top universities in London, England.

Museums & Beyond: Art & Culture in Paris, Madrid & Rome

-Multi-Country Locations : France, Italy and 1 other location , Spain Show less

Why study abroad in one great European city during the summer when you can explore the cultural heritage of Paris, Rome, and Madrid? This seven-week program offers a unique...

Multi-Location - Emerging Economies: Santiago and Rio

-Multi-Country Locations : Brazil, Chile

Designed for students interested in economics, sociology, political science, and business, this multi-location interdisciplinary program offers a unique comparative perspective...

Shanghai - Engineering

China : Shanghai

What better place to study engineering than the world’s fastest growing economy and manufacturing center? Starting Fall 2015, you will have the opportunity to study either...

Dublin - Entrepreneurship & Technology

Ireland : Dublin

An entrepreneur is someone who starts a business and is willing to risk loss in order to be successful. Let IES Abroad present you with an opportunity to learn in Dublinone...

Dublin - Writer's Program

Ireland : Dublin

Through the study of contemporary Irish authors, as well as those of the past, our Writer’s Program is designed to inspire and challenge writers to elevate their skills...

Shanghai Summer - Engineering

China : Shanghai

Who says Engineering majors can’t study abroad? In this program, you will spend 13 weeks studying Mechanical Engineering or Electrical and Computer Engineering in English...

IES Internships Sydney Summer - Internship

Australia : Sydney

A relatively young city, Sydney has grown to become one of the world’s most multicultural cities—international fusion of culture, languages, and ideas with more than

IES Internships Santiago Summer - Internship

Chile : Santiago

Intern in one of Latin America's strongest economies while improving your Spanish Language skills. Home to more than six million people, Santiago is Chile’s industrial

IES Internships Paris Summer - Internship

France : Paris

Intern in one of the world's highest regarded cities for culture and international business. Walk or take the bus through the city’s vibrant streets, or hop on the Métro...

IES Internships Milan Summer - Internship

Italy : Milan

Intern in the economic, fashion and financial hub of Italy. You can practically feel Italy's pulse in fast-paced Milan. Getting to work is affordable with the tram, subway...

IES Abroad Istanbul Direct Enrollment - Sabanci University

Turkey : Istanbul

Time spent in Istanbul will never be forgotten or even understood. The city is such a deep mixture, constantly combining cultures, the new and old, and the native with the...

IES Abroad Vienna Summer - Intensive Music Performance

Austria : Vienna

Developed for serious vocalists and collaborative pianists, the Intensive Music Performance program allows students to spend three weeks improving their performance skills...

IES Abroad Amsterdam Summer - Society, Culture & Gender

Netherlands : Amsterdam

This summer, study abroad in Amsterdam with IES Abroad Amsterdam Summer - Society, Culture, and Gender program! With a reputation for having an open mind and a liberal attitude...

IES Abroad Cape Town - Summer Health Studies Program

South Africa : Cape Town (Kaapstad)

Spend your summer living and learning in Cape Town, South Africa nestled at the base of Table Mountain. The nearly continuous layer of clouds that gather at the top is known...

IES Abroad Dublin - Intensive Conservatory Training J-Term

Ireland : Dublin

Experience a unique opportunity for actors and actresses alike! Enroll in a three week acting program at the Gaiety School of Acting-National Theatre School of Ireland (GSA-NTSI)....

IES Abroad Siena - Summer Program

Italy : Siena

Spend a fascinating summer in the illustrious Italian countryside of Siena, Italy. The city is known for its medieval heritage, its rich cultural traditions and events, as...

IES Abroad Kunming - Asian Development Summer Program

China : Kunming

Designed for students who want to experience contemporary Chinese culture from an economic perspective, the IES Abroad Kunming China & Southeast Asian Development Summer

IES Abroad Santiago - Summer Health Studies Program

Chile : Santiago

Chile offers its residents a community-centered public health care system so studying in Santiago offers the opportunity to spend a summer gaining unique medical experience....

IES Abroad Amsterdam - Direct Enrollment Semester/Year Program

Netherlands : Amsterdam

Serious art and music students will flourish by directly enrolling in one of IES Abroad's partner institutions: the Conservatorium van Amsterdam (music), or the Gerrit Rietveld...

IES Abroad Quito - Environmental Studies Summer Program

Ecuador : Quito

Designed for students interested in environmental studies in South America, IES Abroad Quito and Galapagos Islands Summer Environmental Studies Program combines coursework...

IES Abroad Kunming - Environmental Studies Summer Program!

China : Kunming

The IES Abroad Kunming Summer Environmental Studies Program examines the environmental issues China and Southeast Asia currently face. Students experience these issues while...

IES Abroad Berlin - Metropolitan Studies & Architecture Summer Program

Germany : Berlin

The IES Abroad Berlin Summer Metropolitan Studies & Architecture Programs give the opportunity to learn about topics in Urban Studies, Architecture, and Environmental Studies...

IES Abroad Rome - January Term Program

Italy : Roma (Rome)

Home to the Vatican, Rome provides the perfect setting to study the early Christian church. Enroll in one course during this three-week program that focuses examines the

IES Abroad Berlin - Metropolitan Studies Semester Program

Germany : Berlin

The English-taught IES Abroad Berlin Metropolitan Studies Program examines issues relevant to major cities today by using Berlin as a case study. Students study topics such...

IES Abroad Oxford - Direct Enrollment Semester/Year

England : Oxford

The IES Abroad Oxford Direct Enrollment program offers the opportunity to directly enroll in St. Catherines College, one of the 38 self-governing colleges that make up the...

IES Abroad Vienna - Music Summer Program

Austria : Vienna

As an important crossroads between north, south, east, and west, the city of Vienna has become a natural melting pot for new ideas. The city of about 2 million host this

IES Barcelona: 4-week Language Intensive Summer Program

Spain : Barcelona

The IES Abroad Barcelona Summer Language Intensive Program is designed for students who want to engage in intensive Spanish language and culture learning. Students will learn...

Internships in Japan

Japan : Tokyo

Since 1950, IES has been building quality study abroad programs and introducing U.S. students to new places, studies, and ways of thinking. A non-profit educational organization,...

Alumni Interviews

Staff Interviews

  • Abraham De La Rosa - Program Associate & IES Abroad Alum

    Abraham De La Rosa - Program Associate & IES Abroad Alum

    Abraham De La Rosa is the Program Associate for IES Abroad programs in Spain and Chile. He earned his Bachelors in Business Management and French Studies at Hope College. While completing his undergraduate degree, he worked with the Hope College TRiO Upward Bound Program as a Tutor, Office Assistant, and Assistant Director. Upon completion of his undergraduate degree, Abraham decided to explore new horizons and lived abroad in Taiwan and France before relocating to Chicago, where he currently resides.


Overlooking Nantes in France

    Overlooking Nantes.

    You’re an IES study abroad alum of the Nantes, France program. How did your experience abroad lead you to your current role as a Program Associate for IES Abroad?

    When I started college, I actually didn’t even know that study abroad was a possibility. Being a first generation-Hispanic student, my main objective was to finish college and graduate with a degree. It wasn’t until I attended a presentation on study abroad that I realized it was a once in a lifetime opportunity and all the benefits that study abroad brings.

    Being in Nantes helped me to further develop my French language skills, made me much more independent, and most importantly, it opened my eyes and mind to a world I did not know. I realized that there is a lot more out there that I was completely unaware of. That is how I decided that study abroad was the career I wanted to pursue. I wanted to continue to spread the word on how study abroad can change the worldview of a person and that anyone who wants to study abroad can indeed do it.


Cathedrale de Nantes, France

    In front of the Cathedrale de Nantes, France.

    What skills from studying abroad in France have you been able to apply to you current role? How do you share what you have learned with prospective study and intern abroad participants?

    Working with IES Abroad, we are in constant communication with our Centers abroad, so the usage of the French and Spanish languages is definitely one of them. Cultural understanding is certainly a big one. On many occasions, I try to explain cultural aspects by making connections to what might be an equivalent here in the U.S. and allow others to have some point of reference, in hopes they might have a better understanding.

    Part of my main role as a Program Associate is working on pre-departure content. A lot of the times I am able to contribute more details to these materials so our students studying abroad have a better understanding of the host culture in which they will be living, and what they can expect during their time abroad. Being an alumnus myself, I can certainly relate with the anxiety and excitement that comes before leaving. I try to provide detailed information so our students are better prepared when they arrive onsite.  


Near Toubkal National park in Morocco

    Morocco excursion, near Toubkal National Park.

    What does your day-to-day look like as a Program Associate?

    There is no typical day to day to be honest. It really depends on the time of the year and the projects in which we are working on. I can say that I always start with opening my email and responding to our Centers or our recruiters. After that, it really varies.

    What sets IES Abroad’s study and intern abroad programs apart from others?

    I am not really too familiar with other providers, so it’s a little hard for me to compare between others. I can however say that we try to provide our students with an immersive cultural experience in every possible aspect. IES Abroad field trips, for example, are not just field trips in which our students are taken somewhere and left to wander around for hours. There is some free time, of course, but there is also an academic component that provides a more in-depth cultural experience. One of the field trips that we did while I studied abroad in Nantes was a tour of les Chateaux de la Loire. In every château we had a tour in which we were explained the history of the château and why it is unique or important in comparison to the other chateaux. After each tour, we also had some free time to explore the surroundings. It was a great balance of academics and independence at the same time.

    Our host families and staff also go above and beyond. Homestays are not just a place where students live and eat for a few months. My host family, for example, saw me as another member of their family. They invited me to some family reunions in different parts of France and even took me to one of their family vacations. I was able to experience a different aspect of the French culture that I would have never experience if it wasn’t for them. Through the IES Abroad Nantes conversation group I was also able to meet locals with whom I am still very good friends. In my role as a Program Associate I frequently receive emails from alumni inquiring about their host families, professors, and staff in order to reconnect with them. That, I think, is our biggest strength as a company. We all do our best to go above and beyond and provide a life-changing experience. 


Sahara desert excursion

    Sahara desert excursion.

    What advice would you give to someone interested in applying to one of IES’ programs?

    Do it! You will not regret your experience abroad. If there is anything that you will regret when you return, it’s probably that you did not have enough time abroad.

    You taught English in Taiwan and France, why do you think language learning so important in study and internships abroad?

    We are living in a globalized world and being able to communicate with other people really helps a lot at a professional and personal level. For IES Abroad, most of the Centers that I work with are in Spain or Latin America. All the communication that I have with them is in Spanish. When I interact with our Centers in France, I always take that opportunity to speak or write to them in French.

    Even if a work environment is not too culturally diverse, we will encounter people who do not speak the same language as us. Learning a language does not only allow you to communicate but gives you a different mentality of how you can get a message across. When I lived in Taiwan for example, I did not speak Chinese, but I was able to find different ways to communicate and get my message across.

    What has been your biggest accomplishment in your role as Program Associate so far?

    As Program Associates, we also run special projects on the side. One of the projects that we do is to run an 8-week summer program here in Chicago for students who attend our partner institutions abroad. This year, a colleague and I ran this program from start to finish. We played many roles working on this project, and at the end it was very rewarding.  

    A staff living and working in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

    Abraham during his time living and working in Hsinchu, Taiwan.

    If you could choose another IES program to go on, which one would you choose?

    There are so many places that I could think of. I work closely with Barcelona and after going there on vacation once, I would love to study abroad there. However, I think I would have to go with Rome. There are a lot of very great classes offered through our Rome Program and being able to experience the eternal city for an extended period of time would be great!

    What is the your favorite part of working for IES Abroad?

    The people at IES Abroad are great and make every day an enjoyable one. I don’t think that there has been a day in which I wake up and I do not want to go to work. Working with our staff abroad is also a lot of fun. I am constantly learning from our Centers abroad, either vocabulary or new cultural aspects. However, my favorite part is knowing that my work is making a difference. I am a piece within the preparation of our students going abroad, and I am happy being able to be part of the life-changing experience that awaits them.