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...
The IES Abroad Paris Business & International Affairs Program offers students the option to take English-taught courses with French and international students at Novancia,...
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 Reviews
Submitted by Tiffany Sun - Williams College | May 21, 2017
IES Tokyo has one of the most dedicated study abroad teams in that you'll ever see in any program. They're a good size for how many students attend each term, and are thoughtful and dedicated to your experience in abroad in terms of academics, cultural immersion, and safety.
Some of my favorite highlights that I felt stood out from other programs:
- The availability of a student council that is elected each term that gets to plan group trips according to interest (anything from hiking Mt. Takao, to going to the Ghibli Museum) that really brings the study abroad students and e-Pals together and also allows students to explore places that they may not otherwise have gone to
- Thoughtfully created field trips with cultural immersion and learning in mind, but also fun (we did a trip to Hiroshima where we visited and learned about the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum, but also were given time to explore the city, and we also did a trip to Nikko where we got to experience Japanese onsen)
- E-Pal program, where you are paired with a Japanese student at KUIS, the local university. They serve as your friend, first and foremost, but they are also great resources for questions about Japan and it also serves as a good language exchange. This is probably one of the best ways to immerse yourself into the community.
- Social Organization Class that allows you to intern once a week at a company/organization/non-profit and gain experience in a Japanese work environment. It is definitely good for your resume, and is a great learning and community experience.
- Academic classes offered are fairly diverse, though it depends if they reach enough students to hold the class. The classes the IES center offers are fairly eye opening classes and often to field trips to different places in Tokyo or the area around it. The outcome and overall learning from these classes tend to vary but you really get back the amount of effort or interest you put into the class. They are not particularly difficult either, which is good as it gives you time to explore Tokyo and the rest of Japan while also allowing yourself to be exercised academically.
- Host families are very thoroughly screened and selected by the IES Tokyo team, so your host family will likely be very safe and understanding. I personally had one of the best experiences of my life with my host family, but every experience is different, though most of my classmates had very positive things to say about their host families as well.
One of the best experiences of my life
Submitted by Monica Chen - Ithaca College | April 08, 2017
Studying abroad was one of the greatest experiences I have had so far in my life. Although going to college away from home gave me good insight into living on my own and away from family, studying abroad and travelling by myself to a new country really taught me about responsibility and independence. I learned a lot about myself, became more comfortable with myself, and gained a lot more confidence, especially as I solo traveled to other countries during my study abroad experience. 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.
Program: IES Abroad Dublin - Writer's Program
Long live the land of the long white cloud
Submitted by Max Sievers - Hope College | April 06, 2017
I absolutely loved my study abroad experience in Christchurch, New Zealand! Everything from the pre-departure information, to the orientation week on campus, to the planned program activities throughout the semester was handled by IES so well. From the second I arrived in the foreign land, I felt welcomed. I learned much more about myself and about the world than the content taught in my courses could have showed me. During breathtaking hikes, I had long moments of silence and reflection. During transiting experiences (that I was not used to because I have always had a car), I became more comfortable traveling alone and much more independent. In the housing arrangements, I had the opportunity to meet great people from all over the world. Don’t get me wrong, my study abroad experience definitely did carry with it some unique challenges, and I’m sure anyone who has studied abroad would say the same, but the tremendous growth in so many areas that I felt far outweighs any difficulties. Studying abroad gave me an enhanced global perspective. It allowed me to reflect on life in America. It showed me that there is much more to the world than what I had previously believed. It also increased my passion for traveling (although this is a difficult passion to manage while a student). I truly miss New Zealand and cannot wait to go back to the Land of the Long White Cloud someday soon.
Music in Milan
Submitted by Valerie Bright - Santa Clara University | March 31, 2017
I spent the fall semester studying abroad in Milan, Italy and had an unforgettable experience. The best decision I made in regards to my time abroad was living with a host family. IES has a great group of families in Milan that they work with and do an amazing job matching up the families with students. My family was so welcoming, helpful and kind. Living with an Italian family gave me such a great opportunity to really experience the culture and language first hand rather than just observe it. I was able to listen to them use the language at home. My home-stay is definitely the part of abroad I miss most. By the end of my semester, I had gained a second family and formed friendships with them that will last forever.
Time flies, but not memories
Submitted by Cameron R. - University of Richmond | March 17, 2017
My adventure began 7 months ago, when I studied abroad in Milan in Fall 2016. Studying abroad taught me that comfort and happiness are not always synonymous. Some of my best memories are the moments in which I found myself further away from comfort than I’d ever been before. This entailed getting lost in new cities (i.e. Amsterdam, Prague, Budapest, Dublin, just to name a few), encountering people from all walks of life, and managing a budget. I know that no matter how hard I try, the stories that I tell and the pictures that I show will never do justice to the unparalleled experience of studying abroad. I’ve made friendships that I will forever cherish and learned to always feed my curiosity. I genuinely recommend anyone and everyone to jump at the opportunity to study abroad.
Program: IES Abroad Milan - Business Studies