September 12, 2014

In this Blog Post of the Week, IES Abroad Rabat blogger, Brennan Weiss, shares his first impressions of Morocco with a reflection on the 12-day program orientation in Meknès.Read more about his observations on diversity, his experience with a host family, and his take on Moroccan weather (spoiler alert: the post is titled Feeling Hot Hot Hot).

September 10, 2014

IES Abroad is committed to providing developmental opportunities for its faculty from its Centers around the world as a means of giving them professional development, a greater connection to IES Abroad, and an opportunity to exchange with international faculty in similar fields. Faculty Development opportunities include participation at local, regional or international conferences; participation in IES Abroad-sponsored academic seminars; research fellowships at the Newberry Library in Chicago; and involvement in inter-Center workshops.In the summer 2014 term, we were pleased to welcome 10...

September 9, 2014

Since studying abroad in Vienna in 1967-68, Dr. Shirley Marks, MD, MPH, DLFAPA, went on to become the first Spelman College alumna, and the second African American woman, to graduate from Harvard Medical School.A Year in ViennaWhen Dr. Shirley Marks was selected for the prestigious Merrill Scholarship to study abroad, she didn’t hesitate to accept, even though it meant extending for a fifth year as an undergraduate. She was one of three Spelman College undergraduates selected that year for the scholarship created by Charles Merrill, Jr., son of the co-founder of Merrill Lynch, that has...

September 9, 2014

Ever since Iolanda was a child, she knew she wanted to teach. After completing degrees in Spanish Philology and Catalan Philology from the University of Barcelona, Iolanda went on to specialize in Business Spanish, teaching throughout Europe and the U.S. before settling back in Barcelona.Since 2006, Iolanda has been teaching general and business Spanish at IES Abroad Barcelona in order to enable students to communicate in professional contexts, taking into account the linguistic, cultural, and interpersonal communication aspects. She employs a collaborative approach where she and her students...

September 9, 2014

As a young boy in Upstate New York, David Muir dreamed about becoming a journalist and traveling to the far corners of the world. In college, David jumped at the chance to immerse himself in the language and culture of Spain by studying abroad at the University of Salamanca with IES Abroad. Today, David Muir is an Emmy award-winning anchor and correspondent for ABC News based in New York, and replaced Diane Sawyer as anchor of “ABC World News” in early September 2014. He is also co-anchor of the ABC newsmagazine “20/20.” Read on to learn how David’s time in...

September 9, 2014

Most students hit the ground running when they study abroad. Others, like Stefanie Saperstein, hit the ground galloping.Saperstein, a professional equestrian who won her first Grand Prix at the age of 18, brought her horses with her when she took part in IES Abroad’s Madrid year-long program in 2010-11. Then a junior at Scripps College, her career was progressing steadily, and it was vital to keep up the momentum. As it turned out, where there was a will, there was a way: Saperstein found a place to board her horses and spent two semesters studying and competing...with plenty of...

September 9, 2014

Since the founding of our first Spanish Center in Madrid in 1964, the country’s cultural and academic landscape has undergone a transformation. And IES Abroad was in the midst of it all. Today, we’ve since expanded in Spain with three other Centers: Salamanca, Barcelona, and Granada. In honor of our 50th anniversary, we take a look back with Madrid Center co-founder and former Spanish Ambassador to the U.S., Antonio de Oyarzábal, to see how our humble beginnings have evolved and Spain’s times have changed.A Time for ChangeFifty years ago, in 1964, Spain was under the...

September 9, 2014

Last summer, Ithaca College senior Rachel Maus interned through IES Abroad at a small production company in Rome called Fake Factory that specializes in projects for television, music videos, and feature length films. With majors in Cinema and Photography and a minor in Italian, Rachel had limited time to study abroad. She says, “In order to go abroad, I had to do it in the summer because I didn’t have time during the school year.” As the hub of the Italian film industry, Rome was the perfect fit.During her internship, Rachel worked on music videos, digital editing, and...

September 9, 2014

Ever since her first Japanese course freshman year, Natalia knew she wanted to make Japan and the Japanese language a part of her career path. After two different semesters studying and subsequently working in Japan, Natalia wrote a new travel guide called How to Work, Travel, and Study in Japan, an endeavor she says would not have been possible without IES Abroad Nagoya and Nanzan University.Read on to learn what inspired her and what she’s up to now. You’ll even get a special sneak peek into the most surprising tip in her guidebook! IES Abroad: Why did you choose Nagoya?...

September 2, 2014

54 submissions20 semi-finalists3 finalists1 winnerWho will it be? That’s up to you.VOTE NOW. The Study Abroad Film Festival jury has selected three finalists’ films for public vote on our Facebook page. Vote daily for your favorite film until voting closes at 12 p.m. (noon) CDT on Monday, September 15. East of HereAlexa Penton (University of Mississippi)IES Abroad Beijing, Spring 2014Japan: A Boy’s JourneyFinn Smyth (University of South CarolinaIES Abroad Tokyo, Summer 2013home sweet homeGrace DuVal Johnston (School of the Art Institute, Chicago)Customized Program...

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