IES Abroad Programs
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...
Our French Language Immersion & Area Studies Program has two important goals: to improve your written and verbal proficiency in French through language and area studies courses...
Come supplement the value an undergraduate degree with a study abroad or international internship experience in London! Programs include: Economics, Health Practice, International...
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...
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....
The IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs Program offers students the option to take English-taught courses with French and international students at Novancia,...
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...
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 Reviews
Immersion in Paris
Submitted by Meghan Curran - Wofford College | January 10, 2018
This program truly provides opportunities to fully immerse yourself in French culture. From living in a homestay and speaking only in French at the IES Center to field studies and wine tastings...you have so many ways to learn about French culture and society! With the relationships between IES Paris and local universities and organizations, you can even take classes at the Sorbonne, intern with a local company, or take ballet classes like I did – all of which provide real-world experience interacting with French people and adapting to French culture.
Obviously, Paris can be overwhelming and a bit of a cosmopolitan bubble. Because of this, IES staff organized trips to Normandy, Reims, Fontainebleau & Vaux le Vicomte, and Giverny so we had a more comprehensive understanding of French culture. These trips took place on Fridays throughout the semester – this program does not schedule classes for Friday, which made travel across France and Europe very accessible! While in Europe, I was able to visit Annecy in France, Rome, Budapest, Bruges, Amsterdam, and Cologne in Germany. If you're looking to travel, make sure to check bus and trains – they can be very affordable options!
Academics are rigorous and professors expect your full attention and commitment. Most of the professors are great – I highly recommend taking gender studies, art history, and sociology classes.
If you're looking for a study abroad experience that facilitates immersion in French culture, you should definitely consider IES French Studies in Paris!
IES Abroad Nantes
Submitted by Iggy Takahashi - University of Portland | December 09, 2017
This program is really an excellent way to experience France with full language immersion. All classes are in French and speaking in French in the center is a requirement. A large variety of classes is offered, from French cuisine to the history or France and the United Nations. The staff is fantastic and extremely helpful. The city of Nantes itself is fantastic: there's lots of things to see and do and I regret not exploring the city more. My experience with IES Abroad and in Nantes is unparalleled with any other and I'm very fortunate to have had this opportunity.
A semester like no other
Submitted by Daria - Occidental College | November 14, 2017
One of the best decisions I've made last semester was choosing to do the IES Paris Business and International Affairs Program. Of course I was nervous before embarking on this journey, knowing I would spend the next few months in a new countries surrounded by new people. However, IES quickly eased my fears. I was placed in a homestay in the center of Paris, allowing me to practice the french that I had been attempting to learn for so long. My classes were engaging and helped me to immerse myself in French culture. I have to say that one of the highlights of this program was the team behind IES Paris. They were friendly, approachable and truly cared about our well-being. One of the organizers helped me find an amazing internship with a French start-up. They truly go above and beyond! In the end, as cliché it sounds, Paris is what you make of it, so take advantage of this incredible city! I'm happy to say I've made some life-long friends and I've learned a lot about myself in the process. Thank you, IES!
My home away from home!
Submitted by Margaret Young - The University of Texas at Austin | November 06, 2017
I knew I wanted to study abroad but before finding IES Abroad, I never would have imagined I would end up in Vienna. The IES Abroad staff and facilities are wonderful and very inviting. The staff are always ready to help in any way they can with all sorts of things from helping us find secrets spots around the city to letting us borrow a hair dryer when ours didn't work. They also do an excellent job of getting you accustomed to the culture and life in the city when you arrive and being a support system until the day you leave! The classes were great as well. I never felt overwhelmed by the amount of work (the teachers totally understand that you are there to experience as much of the city and country as you can) and taking the beginning level German was more helpful than I had imagined. By the time I left I found myself understanding basic German being spoken around town and felt a much stronger sense of belonging.
Most importantly, the city of Vienna is absolutely amazing and I felt right at home within the first day of being there. Like always, there are some cultural differences you have to adjust to but it is a very laid back city and it doesn't take long to feel right at home! There is so much to do right there in the city and there are lots of amazing cities in close proximity that you can easily visit on the weekend. While I was there, my roommates and I managed to travel to Salzburg, Hallstatt, Prague, Munich, and Budapest all while still finding plenty of time to enjoy our home city of Vienna!
This program is a great way to learn so much about the birth place of psychology, the Austrian culture, other European cities, as well as learning things you never knew about yourself. In only 6 weeks, I found great friendships I never expected to form and have grown a deep appreciation for Vienna that makes me constantly wish I could go back.
Great immersive experience!
Submitted by Annahita Modirrousta - Miami University | November 04, 2017
When I went to study abroad through IES, I got the opportunity to travel around Vienna and get immersed into the culture with other students in the program. In addition, the area around the program was filled with opportunities and cultural gems, such as diverse foods and monumental buildings. The courses themselves were innovative and made me think about how the field of child development could be seen in children in Viennese schools. Overall, great experience!