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....
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 Reviews
Don't worry about a thing
Submitted by Jonathan Alvaro - Hope College | February 22, 2017
My experience with IES was fantastic from the very beginning. They were very transparent throughout the application process and having a personal mentor to walk me through that was incredible! I absolutely loved getting to New Zealand and having someone meet me at the airport and tell me what to do. Throughout the program my IES advisor Eunice was a fantastic help to me and was able to answer all questions and take care of every detail! One of my favorite parts about the program was the scheduled field trips both in New Zealand and the semester trip to the Cook Island. These did a fantastic job of introducing culture and making the interactive experience fun while holding educational value. IES went above and beyond the call of duty in terms of providing for their students and setting them up for success in this experience!
Semester Abroad in Amsterdam
Submitted by Maria - Lawrence University | February 22, 2017
I spent my fall semester studying abroad in Amsterdam, Netherlands with IES. Prior to this experience, I had traveled several times with my family, but never alone. I was terrified of being somewhere completely new, not knowing anyone and having the worst navigational skills imaginable. Regardless, I went into the experience with an open mind and about seven GPS apps on my phone. It took me a little while to get adjusted, but my program ensured that we were as prepared as possible. The moment I got my bike, I felt completely in control. I could go wherever I wanted, and I was able to explore the city in the most unique and optimal way. Everyone I met in Amsterdam was absolutely incredible, and I’m still in contact with so many of the friends I made at IES. Getting pushed out of your comfort zone is truly the only way to grow and develop. There were times when I felt uncertain and hesitant, but these were the moments in which I learned the most about myself. I valued every single aspect of my abroad experience, and I could not recommend it more to anyone curious about exploring the world and themselves. Amsterdam is my second home, and I miss it every day. Sure, the touristy components were great, but nothing replaces the feeling of finding an obscure little cafe in the nook of a canal road. Biking around the city and listening to my favorite songs is a feeling that I couldn’t describe, even if I tried. My time abroad was liberating, eye-opening, and indispensable.
IES Abroad Milano: Apartment Life
Submitted by Kelly - Villanova University | February 22, 2017
In my opinion, one of the best things about my study abroad experience in Milan were the apartments that IES provided us with. I lived in a beautiful apartment in the Brera district with 4 other American students and our wonderful CA (cultural adviser, an Italian student who worked for IES and lived with us). The apartment was much larger than I expected, clean, and had a great view of the restaurant strip out the kitchen window, where I used to sit and people watch in the evenings. I didn't realize at first how lucky I was to live in a district where most native Italians can't afford to live; I have no idea how IES managed to snag my apartment.
The one negative side to apartment life is that you're not constantly exposed to native Italian speakers like you are in a homestay. If your main goal is to increase your fluency, it may not be best to live with other Americans. I, however, had a very minimal background in Italian before moving to Milan so it was perfect with me. I could speak in English with my roommates and practice Italian with my CA.
Program: IES Abroad Milan - Business Studies
A wonderful, authentic semester in Salamanca, Spain
Submitted by Grant Steele - Pomona College | February 21, 2017
This past fall (2016) I had the opportunity to spend a semester abroad in Salamanca, Spain with IES Abroad. After four months there as well as talking upon return with many friends who studied abroad elsewhere with other programs, I must say I had an absolutely fantastic experience. While I could go on forever about all the positive experiences I had in Salamanca, I will highlight a few that make Salamanca with IES Abroad unique.
First, Salamanca is the the perfect city for a study abroad experience. There are limited tourists, but also plenty of activities to keep one busy. It is an absolutely gorgeous city and I also enjoyed that everyone spoke Spanish first rather than English. The nightlife is also as great as they advertise.
Another benefit of IES Abroad is the complete immersion in the Spanish culture. They offer an optional Spanish Club in which students pledge to speak only Spanish for the remainder of the semester. This improved my ability to speak Spanish more than I ever imagined. They also offer numerous activities to get involved with the local community and local students, as well as travel throughout the region. However, perhaps their best asset are the mentors they provide to help us integrate into the culture. These mentors are college-aged students from Spain who do things such as helping us with homework to showing us the best places to party. They helped make my abroad experience absolutely fantastic.
Finally, their host families are amazing. My Spanish mother was the sweetest women and an excellent cook. She always made me feel at home while also really showing me the intricacies of the Spanish culture.
The only reason I didn't give the program a 10 out of 10 was due to the difficulty of doing science/math classes at the university. While you can technically enroll in STEM classes (I wanted to take one for my biology major), they are difficult with respect to scheduling and previous relationships with the staff of these departments. Therefore, if you absolutely must study a science or math while abroad, perhaps a different program would suit you better. However, I was happy to take a semester off from science classes and fully immerse myself in language and literature classes at the University of Salamanca.
Overall, I would not do my abroad experience any different! Salamanca is a precious city, and IES Abroad does everything they can to make sure you experience it at its full potential.
IES London health practice and policy
Submitted by Michelle Williams - Penn State | February 21, 2017
As a health policy and administration major, I was very excited to see that there was a program that aligned with my academic goals. Being able to learn about public health in London was an absolutely incredible experience and I loved hearing the perspectives from my professors. Living in the city of London is amazing. You are very centrally located and there is always so much to do- no matter what your interests are.
This program also gives you the opportunity to take a class at Oxford. While you do have to catch a very early train, and spend most of your day Friday in class and traveling to and from Oxford, which limits your ability to travel some weekends, it was definitely worth it! I really improved my writing and critical thinking skills. The Oxford class also doesn't start until a few weeks into the program so you still will have the opportunity to travel and I was still able to find time to travel after I got home from Oxford on Friday.
Another unique element of this program is that you have the opportunity to participate in a service learning. I was able to volunteer at a cancer support center, which was a very valuable experience to me.
The best part of the study abroad experience was the trip to Jamaica. We got to observe in clinics around Jamaica and also got to see a lot of the country. We were able to go to Blue Lagoon, the Blue Mountains and a few local beaches. We also attended lectures at the University of the West Indies. Even though before going to Jamaica, nobody was ready to leave London by the end everyone really enjoyed the trip to Jamaica and found it worthwhile.
The IES staff were absolutely incredible. As someone who has an ongoing medical condition, they were always extremely helpful in helping me find doctors and working through all of that kind of stuff. The living accommodation is smaller than traditional American style dorms, but it has everything you need. I also would recommend on going on any of the field trips that IES provides. It is very organized and takes a lot of the stress off that comes with planning a trip.
Overall, I would recommend this study abroad program to anyone who is interested in public health!