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...
IES Abroad Reviews
Fun in Beijing and Other Places
Submitted by Cassie Thornton - Hamline University | September 23, 2017
I absolutely loved being abroad. I also think this program made being abroad easier for its students. From picking us up at the airport when we first arrived to helping us with travel plans.
My goal was to see as much of China and learn as much as I could about China and the language as I could. This program definitely helped me achieve this. The courses were interesting and engaging, especially the Chinese language courses. In addition to having a main Chinese language course they also provided language electives for learning about Chinese slang, business Chinese language, and calligraphy. They even had a prep course for students who wanted to take the HSK test. My language skills improved greatly during this program.
In addition to just having a variety of courses the teachers and professors were incredibly engaging. It was easy to tell that they were excited to be there and help students through their courses. They all got to pick the material that they were teaching and I believe their freedom to do so probably contributed to how passionate they were about their classes.
The director and other staff were also amazing. They took all of us on a program field trip that was fun and a great way to bond. The director always made time to meet with students if they were having a problem whether it was with academics or a roommate. They even helped students with other travel plans to make sure students could travel to their hearts content.
Overall, it was just a great experience and there isn't a day I don't think about how much fun I had.
Dream in Front of My Eyes
Submitted by Samantha Savarese - University of Portland | September 23, 2017
I use the title to describe my experience in only six words. The thing is the experience really takes up more words than what I can write. The program is nicely set up, super organized, you meet other American students from different parts of the country, you actually speak French most of the time (Nantes is a city with hardly any American tourists), and your host family will give you an idea of how French culture looks in a traditional sense. IES staff is extremely helpful (I miss them so much), there are social events organized every week by the social coordinator, and there is also opportunities to take courses in the local university (which I recommend), taking a gastronomy course, and taking a teaching internship to teach English in French schools. All these opportunities are what make IES Nantes a dream come true!
IES Paris BIA Spring 2017
Submitted by Michelle - Cornell University | September 22, 2017
I've wanted to study abroad in Paris since my I started learning French in the 8th grade, and my semester at IES Paris BIA absolutely blew away my expectations. One of my main goals in studying in Paris was to really immerse myself in the culture and people, and I was able to do so through this program. I stayed with a retired French couple in Neuilly-Sur-Seine, an amazing little town right outside Paris, I took two French classes that really allowed me to learn about the intricacies of French society and culture (in French, of course!), and I volunteered at a Parisian middle school, helping kids improve their English and participate in a cultural exchange. The staff was incredible as well. They're so friendly and truly want you to have the best experience while in Paris and France. I highly recommend this program for those wanting to studying in Paris!
To Live & Learn
Submitted by PD - College of Wooster | September 22, 2017
Food, art, fashion, music, business, and so much more! I participated in the IES Abroad Italy Today program during the spring semester of 2016! I lived in a homestay with a family who showed me the Milanese lifestyle. From there on I took a vested interest in getting to know the locals and the city. I made relationships and memories that I cherish everyday. I took classes in Italian Language, Italian Design, Environmental Sustainability & Social Innovation, and Transcultural Psychology. The classroom excursions were an experiential way to learn, observe, and apply what we were learning from the classroom. For instance, in Italian Design my classmates and I designed our own lamp in a lab. We truly put theory into practice. Even more so I enjoyed attending cultural events throughout the program. I took part in a cultural language exchange program at IES Abroad Milan. This particular program was perfect for me because I wanted to learn and practice my Italian speaking skills. In time, I began speaking the language with more confidence as I immersed myself into the culture and practiced the language with friends, locals, and my host family. The best part about studying abroad is that you learn to expect the unexpected. You come to live with more responsibility yet with the opportunity to make what you want out of your experiences. When learning happened outside the classroom, my world view and desk view became one in the same.
Program: IES Abroad Milan - Italy Today
Was I living in a dream?
Submitted by Victoria Turner - The Catholic University of America | September 22, 2017
For anyone even slightly considering studying abroad, DO IT! Do not miss out on this once in a lifetime opportunity. And for those considering studying abroad in the IES Madrid Program, I HIGHLY recommend it! I have never been surrounded by so many eager and supportive staff members. The IES Madrid staff is determined to provide you with a safe, enjoyable, and learning filled experience. There are also many interesting classes which teach you about the culture of Madrid and Spain as a whole while enhancing your Spanish skills. IES Madrid takes you on field trips throughout your time abroad that are very informative and a great way to get to know all of the other students and staff in the program. I have nothing negative to say about my experience studying abroad through IES Madrid.