June 12, 2015

The summer session for our Multi-Location – Museums & Beyond: Art & Culture in Paris, Rome & Madrid Program is in motion, and the students have just concluded two weeks in their first location: Paris. While studying art and urban development in three different countries is an incredibly unique opportunity, blogger Hannah Abel explains in our Blog Post of the Week, the transition between locations can be bittersweet.Hannah reflects on her last two weeks by sharing her five favorite parts of her experience in Paris, and looks to her future study abroad adventures with...

June 9, 2015

With three weeks left until the deadline for our second Study Abroad Film Festival, we introduce you to juror Willard Huyck, an IES Abroad Paris (Academic Year 1965-66) alumnus and Oscar-nominated writer, director, and producer! With past accomplishments like American Graffiti, Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, and Howard the Duck, Willard shared his experience of studying abroad with us, how it inspired his film writing, and his advice to young filmmakers.Willard HuyckWriter, Director & ProducerIES Abroad Paris Alumnus, 1965-66Q: Why did you choose to study in Paris? A: Who...

June 5, 2015

Many of our summer programs are now under way, and our summer bloggers are starting to share their journeys in their new homes. Lucky for us, Evelyn Ahnrud (Vienna, Summer 2015), has been documenting her study abroad experience with beautiful photos in her first 2.5 weeks abroad.In our Blog Post of the Week, Evelyn takes a day trip to the town of Semmering in the Austrian Alps. First, Evelyn went for a beautiful hike in the mountains with stunning views of the Austrian countryside. Later in the day, they took a much darker, but fascinating, hike into a deep cave. Check out her pictures here....

June 5, 2015

As our 24 new bloggers arrive at their destinations around the world, we are looking forward to what they have to say about their study abroad experiences through writing, photographs, videos, and other creative media. Most have already started sharing their journeys—don’t miss a post! Check out a specific blogger below or follow all of our bloggers at www.IESabroad.org/blogs. Amsterdam Andrea Anderson Wake Forest University Arles Jessica Castellanos Northwestern University...

June 2, 2015

The IES Abroad Nantes Center kicked off its 50th anniversary celebration with alumni, current students, and staff at the inaugural IES Abroad Reunion Weekend held in Nantes from April 25-27.More than 40 IES Abroad Nantes alumni—spanning all five decades—and their guests were welcomed by IES Abroad’s Board Chair Ezio Vergani, Nantes Center Director Thibaut de Berranger, and other staff. During the three-day weekend, alumni enjoyed a variety of cultural activities, including a day trip to Clisson for a tasting at a Muscadet winery, a historical walking tour of Nantes, and...

May 29, 2015

Dr. Mary M. Dwyer, President and CEO of IES Abroad, has received an honorary Doctor of Civil Law degree from Sewanee – The University of the South for her distinguished achievements and contributions to the field of international education that have led to enormous growth in the number of U.S. students studying abroad.Dr. Dwyer was nominated and vetted by the University of the South Board of Regents and the University Senate, and approved by John M. McCardell, Jr., the Vice-Chancellor and President of the University, with this praise:“In awarding honorary degrees, the University...

May 29, 2015

The semester has ended for Fionna Lehmann (Vienna, Spring 2015), and, in her final post, she reflects on her time in Austria. With the exception of grocery stores being closed on Sunday, Fionna said she will, “…miss almost everything about Vienna: the coffee, the kebab and Käsekrainer, the beautiful buildings, the public transportation (believe me, it’s AMAZING), and, of course, the people. … My time is Vienna is one that I will treasure forever. I have learned so much about both myself and the world, and I honestly can’t believe it is actually over.”In...

May 28, 2015

Every day, people use the IESabroad hashtag (#IESabroad) in tons of wonderful photos on Instagram showcasing the multitude of amazing things in their host cities and on their weekend excursions. But we wondered, why should only we get to see them? With that in mind, we decided to compile our favorites from each month that we feel demonstrate the incredible variety of experiences around the world.This month’s batch of photos brings stunning sunsets from Australia and Brazil, packing ideas from an Austrian-bound traveler, and a striking piece of modern art from Centre George Pompidou in...

May 27, 2015

In addition to her work as a communications consultant in Johannesburg, South Africa, Elizabeth "Ellie" Stephens (Paris – French Studies, Fall 2012) just published her first novel, Population, a post-apocalyptic, science fiction adventure that features a diverse cast of characters. The book is currently available everywhere online books are sold, including Amazon, and has recently been purchased by Barnes and Noble for national distribution.“As a multiracial kid, it was always difficult reading books where none of the characters looked like me,” Ellie said. “...

May 22, 2015

Studying abroad will change the way you think about the world. Elisabeth Hawthorne (Rome, Spring 2015) eloquently describes a feeling that everyone who has studied abroad understands in our Blog Post of the Week. It’s the heightened awareness of how many lives—each with its own complex personal narrative—are out there in every corner of the globe being lived. This may sound obvious, but until you spend time somewhere new, embracing a completely different way of life, you have not seen it as clearly. As Elisabeth says, “It’s humbling. Or at least it should be....

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