January 16, 2015

Meet Holly Callahan (Galápagos Islands, Spring 2015)! In her first post as an IES Abroad blogger, she introduces herself with some great pictures, and shares how she’s wanted to be a marine biologist since she was very young (proving it by showing us her 5th grade Halloween costume). So the Galápagos Islands were an easy choice for her. Say hello to Holly in our Blog Post of the Week, and join us in following her adventures in South America!

January 15, 2015

Our friends at GoAbroad.com recently interviewed Abe De La Rosa about his journey from IES Abroad Nantes (‘09) student to becoming one of our Program Associates (for Barcelona, Granada, Madrid, and Salamanca in Spain; Nice, France; and Santiago, Chile).After graduating from Hope College in 2011, Abe lived abroad in both Taiwan and France. When he was ready to return to the United States, he knew he wanted to pursue a career in the field of Study Abroad.Read on to find out more about Abe’s experiences living abroad, why he loves his career, and his thoughts on the importance of...

January 14, 2015

As our 35 new bloggers arrive at their destinations around the world, we are looking forward to see what they have to say about their study abroad experiences through writing, photographs, videos, and other creative media. Don’t miss a post! Below, you can click on a blogger’s name to view his/her profile. View all of our blogs here. Amsterdam Emily XourisWilliam Jewell CollegeAuckland Leah BedrosianUniversity of MichiganBarcelona Ian JohnsonIndiana University: BloomingtonBeijing Claire VodickaSeton Hall UniversityBerlin Ali DeGuideUniversity of Southern CaliforniaBuenos...

January 9, 2015

Adriana D’Agostino (Berlin, Fall 2014) has been home for a couple of weeks and is struggling to come up with an appropriate answer to the question, “How was your trip?”  It’s a standard part of readjusting back into American life that all study abroad students face upon their return. In our Blog Post of the Week, Andie not only explains some of this process, but also reflects on how life abroad has changed her for the better and how it might impact her future.

January 8, 2015

Happy 2015! It was an exciting year here at IES Abroad and we’re looking forward to what this year will bring.Check out our highlights below!MILESTONES100,000 Students: On April 29, we sent our 100,000th student abroad—Britini Williams from Macalester College! We celebrated the occasion by hosting a party for Britini and her fellow students at the IES Abroad Granada Center.50 Years in Spain: In 1964, we opened our first Spanish Center in Madrid.ADVISORS & FACULTYFaculty Development Seminars: Each year, IES Abroad offers on-location Faculty Development Seminars designed to...

January 6, 2015

It’s that time of year again. The Fall 2014 Photo Contest is officially open! Fall 2014 students are invited to submit their original photos for a chance to win $200 in each of the following four categories.The Student Experience—Photo(s) should be of you and/or your IES Abroad classmates in your host city.Landscapes & Landmarks—Photo(s) should be of the local sites in your host city. (Photos might be of landmarks, buildings, landscapes, or local residents and culture.)The Global Classroom—Photo(s) should be of you and/or your classmates learning abroad. Pictures...

December 30, 2014

Along with Mark Twain, few Victorian Era literary figures are as well-remembered or beloved as Charles Dickens. IES Abroad London faculty member Lucinda Hawksley, who co-teaches AH/FA 390 Western Art and the Convergence of Technique and Philosophy, recently penned a feature for the BBC Culture web page, discussing the enduring relevance of Charles Dickens, and the many festivals and celebrations that take place around the world (from Galveston, Texas, to Deventer, Holland) in his name. Befitting of a Dickens descendant (she's his great, great, great granddaughter), Hawksley is an expert...

December 22, 2014

Studying abroad is always a memorable, life-changing experience. But some people are so taken by a place (and the people they meet there) that, when they return home, they immediately make more permanent plans to return. Our Alum of the Month, Christine (Zins) Scheier (IES Abroad Berlin Fall 2000), is one of these people. Since 2002, she has been living and working in Germany at a global company where, as a Marketing Manager, she uses her language skills in both English and German. Christine shares her journey back to Germany with us.IES Abroad: Why did you choose to study abroad in Berlin?...

December 19, 2014

In her final IES Abroad blog post, Molly Laubernds (Beijing, Fall 2014) does an excellent job of thoughtfully summarizing her entire study abroad experience. From the comfort of her familiar couch at home, she discusses how initial jitters of going abroad quickly gave way to confidence and independence, and she warns that you should never wish time away because it ends up flying by even quicker than you expect it will. Our thanks to Molly for sharing her bittersweet post that is deserving of the title Blog Post of the Week!

December 17, 2014

Elisabeth Gaerner, who at 22 years is the longest-serving host for IES Abroad Berlin students, is going to retire at the end of the year.Elisabeth (better-known as Betty) opened her home and gave guidance to nearly 40 IES Berlin students. Betty loves traveling herself, but, being a former resident of East Germany, she was only able to begin seeing the world when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. In the last 25 years, Betty has made up for lost time and traveled to 77 countries! Japan is next on her list.As is obvious from the student quotes below, Betty was a special part of the study abroad...

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