May 29, 2014

On Monday April 28, IES Abroad Salamanca students, along with the Salmantinos, celebrated one of the most famous traditions of Salamanca, Lunes de Aguas ("Water Monday").Lunes de Aguas always takes place one week after Easter Monday (once Lent is over), and it is very typical to head out into the surrounding countryside or the river bank to have a picnic with friends and family in the afternoon. Salmantinos relax, enjoy time together, and eat the typical hornazo, a pastry pie filled with spicy sausage, ham, bacon, and sometimes boiled egg.  All IES Abroad Salamanca students...

May 23, 2014

As we near the end of May, IES Abroad programs worldwide are wrapping up their spring semesters. You’ll notice the tone of our blogs has changed from making new friends and discovering new things to nostalgic goodbyes and bucket lists.In this Blog Post of the Week, IES Abroad Quito student blogger Kate Paladin gives us a few “Semester Snippets”: a butterfly kiss, a homemade lunch, laughs with teachers and friends, and a final chocolate run. A quick look into Kate’s life in Quito and it’s clear why returning home will be bittersweet.

May 22, 2014

IES Abroad Rome Academic Work-Study Assistant, Hilary Barker, offers us a glimpse inside a recent course-related excursion to Lake Nemi. Prepare to be wowed by the adventure she describes in this short essay:This past weekend, I had the opportunity, along with the students of the Forma Urbis: Archaeology of Ancient Rome course to play Indiana Jones. Led by Center Director Prof. Gianni Ponti and the speleologists of Roma Sotteranea, we explored a series of ancient underground water channels once used to drain Lake Nemi. Lake Nemi occupies a collapsed volcanic crater about 20 miles south of...

May 22, 2014

Whether it has been five years or 50, our alumni love to reconnect with their study abroad classmates. We are excited to announce the launch of IES Abroad Reunion Weekends for select Centers and dates in 2015. Many classes are already gearing up to reunite. Check out the Center pages below for a list of participating classes to date, Center-specific Reunion Toolkits, and more information on planning a reunion. Nantes: April 25-27, 2015 Vienna: May 8-10, 2015 or October 9-11, 2015 London/Durham: May 15-17, 2015 Madrid: June 5-7, 2015 Paris: June 19-21, 2015 Freiburg/EU: October...

May 21, 2014

IES Abroad remembers Brita Koutny (born Brigitte–Baroness von Conrad), who passed away on May 9, 2014 at the age of 85. Brita was the wife of the late Paul Koutny, one of the three founders of IES Abroad.Brita played a key role in the beginnings of IES Abroad (then known as the Institute of European Studies). She assisted students, hosted dinners at her home for them, and provided tremendous support to Paul as he labored an enormous number of hours together with Clarence and Alberta Giese, the other two founders of the organization, to help IES Abroad come to fruition.The early days...

May 20, 2014

Our May Meet the Jury feature is the ultra creative director, producer, and editor, Naomi Seekings. A professor in the IES Abroad London Program, Naomi is part of our seven-member jury judging submissions for the first ever Study Abroad Film Festival, for which the deadline is August 1. Read on to learn what inspires Naomi and benefit from her four pieces of expert advice.Naomi Seekings Director, Producer & EditorIES Abroad London Faculty - Film StudiesQ: Which of your many film-related accomplishments do you feel the most proud of?A: I’m particularly happy with my film-related...

May 16, 2014

All semester long, we have loved experiencing Morocco through the lens of IES Abroad Rabat student blogger Meghan Johns. Not only does she post vibrant and fun videos that shed light on the beauty of the culture and all that she is experiencing, she is also an eloquent writer who takes beautiful photographs that make you feel like you're right there with her.In a recent post, Meghan offers us a glimpse into her visit to Chefchaouen, a city in the Rif Mountains in northwest Morocco. Learn why she has come to appreciate Moroccan hospitality in this Blog Post of the Week.

May 14, 2014

We are thrilled to introduce 26 talented student bloggers selected to share their experiences abroad this summer at blogs.IESabroad.org. The group includes poets, photographers, videographers, and writers who are eager to share their insight and experiences with the world.We welcome you to subscribe to their feeds as they offer you a glimpse into their everyday lives over the next few months. Click a blogger's name to view his or her bio, and check back for their introductory posts!Jessica Gray - Amsterdam - University of Nebraska-LincolnHannah Jacobsma - Arles - Hope CollegeAngela...

May 13, 2014

IES Abroad Buenos Aires students were featured in Diario El Cordillerano, the local newspaper of Bariloche—a city in the Patagonia region, located in the foothills of the Andes about 1200 kilometers from Buenos Aires—for a recent course-related excursion. Each semester, students enrolled in a course called The Making of Patagonia visit a school called Aldea Infantil Bariloche. They donate musical instruments and present to the kindergarten class and other grades on the cultural, geographical, and historical differences between Argentina and the United States. After the visit, the...

May 12, 2014

Whether it’s your mother back home, a host mother abroad, or another motherly figure, moms are the best.We see it in the photos of students whose moms have visited them abroad, and in the scholarship applications expressing gratitude for a mother’s unrelenting support. We read it in our blogs, whether it’s admitting a bit of homesickness or appreciating the way they’re looked after by their host mom. It’s no wonder the United States has been dedicating the second Sunday in May to moms since 1914.Here are just a few examples of IES Abroad students who are grateful...

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