IES Abroad Programs
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....
Come supplement the value an undergraduate degree with a study abroad or international internship experience in London! Programs include: Economics, Health Practice, International...
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...
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 Reviews
Abroad in Freiburg, Germany
Submitted by Emily Vallari - Saint Anselm College | March 23, 2017
I simply cannot say enough wonderful things about this program and this city. I felt right at home in Freiburg while taking intriguing and challenging courses and still getting ample opportunities to travel. I was forced to use German about 80% of the time, which really improved my language skills. I lived with an amazing host family on the outskirts of the city and I felt that was a great living atmosphere. I highly recommend the IES Abroad Freiburg Language and Area Studies program to anyone interested in furthering their German language skills in an adorable little city!
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
IES European Union
Submitted by Lindsay Boyer - Wake Forest University | March 14, 2017
Last semester I got the opportunity to live in Freiburg, Germany from August to December with the IES European Union program. The reason I was drawn to the program was the emphasis on political science and our extreme focus on uncovering the EU. I really knew nothing about the EU so having this crash course while living in Germany, an extremely important player within the EU, was a great addition to my college studies. I also loved that the program included 3 weeks of travel to different EU institutions. On those trips we got to visit institutions and meet with important EU players as well as a lot of free time to explore the city on our own (as well as activities provided by the program). Due to that I got to travel to 9 countries that I didn't have to plan at all which is nice - it also brought me to places that I probably wouldn't have visited on my own (like Bucharest and Luxembourg).
Another thing I loved about the program was living in Freiburg. It is not too large of a city that you would feel overwhelmed getting around, but still large enough that there is always something to do. It is also a big university city so there are so many shops, restaurants, and bars/clubs that are geared toward college kids. I also loved the living arrangement. I lived in a flat with one other student on my program plus five German students. It was kind of like a homestead but with college kids. My flatmates were super welcoming and included me in their activities, outings, and parties. Becoming good friends with my flatmates allowed me to meet other German students and really immerse myself in Freiburg, something that I don't think can happen as easily in other programs.
The perfect way to immerse yourself in Japanese life
Submitted by Marissa - University of Rochester | March 12, 2017
Studying abroad was quite possibly the best decision I have ever made in my life. My choice to study in Japan was based on my interest in my personal cultural heritage. I grew up in a primarily white area and had hardly any interaction with my Japanese culture. I was thrilled to find that IES Abroad Tokyo could fulfil these needs.
From the time I stepped off the plane to the time I left, my study abroad experience was extremely rewarding. I felt welcomed by the staff, who were always willing to provide advice and truly cared about the lives of their students. Academics were not overly rigorous, but I still walked away from the program knowing a lot more about both the language and culture than when I arrived. As a molecular genetics major, I assumed that studying abroad would not help me much academically. But I was surprised to find that I became increasingly more interested in Japanese and decided to pursue a minor at my home institution when I returned home from the program. I was also able to participate in the field placement program, where I helped out at an acupuncture clinic and witnessed differences between eastern and western medicine (which I would eventually like to pursue). In this way, this study abroad program was also helpful for resume building and helping me to define career goals.
It was also very easy for me to immerse myself in Japanese life. The e-pal program helped me to find Japanese friends from the very start. Kanda University of International Studies, where about half of the classes are taught, also provided ample opportunity to engage in clubs and activities. Furthermore, the IES staff did a wonderful job of pairing me with a host family that perfectly suited my needs as a rather independent individual. And though the school in not located directly in Tokyo, I found that I was constantly traveling into the city to explore and attend many of the local events and festivals. The area around the school (and throughout most of Japan itself) is very safe, and I felt completely comfortable walking and traveling by myself (as a woman).
Traveling outside of Tokyo was fairly easy. The IES staff organized two trips to other Japanese cities (we went to Hiroshima and Nikko, but they are not always the same each year). They also gave me a number of suggestions and helped me to plan my two non-IES sponsored trips to Kyoto/Osaka and Sapporo.
I would highly recommend this program for anyone who is interested in Japan, or who is looking for an opportunity to learn about a culture entirely different from their own!
Best 4 months!!
Submitted by Sarah Fusco - Pennsylvania State University | March 12, 2017
I chose to study abroad in the quiet city of Siena, Italy. Siena is everything I could have wanted in my abroad experience. Having studied the Italian language for quite some time, living in a city with very few english speakers and living with a host family allowed myself to really enhance my language skills. Siena also has a rich culture with their Contrada history and the Palio. Overall, Siena really allowed me to immerse myself in authentic Italian culture and enjoy some amazing food at the same time! Don't forget to visit Caribia Gelateria located right off the Piazza for the best gelato ever!!
Program: IES Abroad Siena - Study in Tuscany