February 18, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Paris Business and International Affairs has a new Center location!  Our newly remodeled Center space is located on rue Saint-Amand in the 15th arrondissement, in a residential area located on rue de la Convention and rue de Vaugirard. The area has many shops and is well served by public transportation for our students.Features of the new Center include:Technology-equipped classrooms to meet the special needs of our business studentsHigh-speed WiFi connectivity and printer accessComfortable lounge and study space for studentsStaff officesAn electronic...

February 13, 2015

The Paris French Studies Center organized a round table on Monday, February 9th, on the subject of “Charlie Hebdo and Paris Today.” The purpose of the round table was to discuss the recent terrorist attacks that have taken place in France and elsewhere, and to attempt to address the many questions that these attacks have engendered. The bilingual round table included four presenters, three of whom teach for IES Abroad. The presenters offered a context for Charlie Hebdo, and for the tensions and misunderstandings about the publication; an analysis of terrorism and the long history...

February 13, 2015

In the spirit of Valentine’s Day, we’ve been thinking about all the things we love in life—especially our love for study abroad.This week, two of our bloggers share what they’re loving about their study abroad experience so far:Love LifeLove isn’t easy. In fact, it is often hard work. But the joy love brings makes it all worth it. Alissa Welker (Quito, Spring 2015) writes, “This Valentine’s week, as I reflect on what I have loved most about my study abroad experience…it is my love for new adventures. Yes, there are times when the adventure is...

February 6, 2015

A major hurdle in enjoying your time abroad is accepting that everything will be different. On top of the obvious differences in language, scenery, and climate, there is also a need to adjust to a completely foreign way of life, with different customs and expectations. Anna Suszynski (Granada, Spring 2015) is taking it all in stride and is loving this adjustment period—socializing with new friends in Spanish, taking in all the sites during la siesta, and enjoying the long and lively Spanish nights. In our Blog Post of the Week, Anna writes about how time seems to pass differently in...

February 5, 2015

Join us in congratulating Claire Miquel, a long-time Paris BIA French language professor, on the publication of her latest book, Vocabulaire progressif du français: Niveau perfectionnement. Claire recently gave a presentation on the book, which is designed for highly-advanced students of French. Photos of the event can be found here.A prolific author of French language instruction books, Claire has written books that are used widely to teach language throughout France and abroad. (They have even been used to train Egyptian delegates to the United Nations.)We’re proud to have Claire as a...

February 4, 2015

For IES Abroad Regional College Relations Manager John Colhouer, his experience studying abroad with us had such an impact that he discovered working in the field was his calling. GoAbroad.com recently interviewed John about his journey from IES Abroad Madrid (Summer 2002) student to becoming Regional College Relations Manager representing Texas, Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Missouri. (He also serves as Program Advisor for the Madrid Language and Area Studies Program.)In the article, John shares his words of wisdom for future study abroad students: “Being adaptable to a new place is the most...

February 3, 2015

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Gael Howell, former IES Abroad Auckland Center Director, on January 19, 2015. Gael was instrumental in the establishment of our New Zealand Center. She will be remembered as a gentle and cheerful soul, dedicated to enriching the lives of her students with local Auckland culture and cuisine, adventure, and experiences.Over the years, many of our Auckland alumni have written to let us know how Gael has had an impact on their lives. Read a sample of these comments below:“Our advisor, Gael, was fantastic! She was like a friend and...

January 30, 2015

This video blog from Kimberly Webber (European Union, Spring 2015) perfectly captures the excitement of the first days of a study abroad adventure. From surviving long flights and unexpected delays to meeting up with friends (both old and new) in airports and train stations, finding a comfy room for a night before the program starts, and first exploring the city you’ll be living in for the next several months—the first hours and days abroad are like no other. Take a glimpse into this exciting time by viewing our Blog Post of the Week!  

January 29, 2015

As you know, our newest IES Abroad Center in Nice, France, is opening this fall, and we’re excited to share more information about our program offerings in the French Riviera!Nice will be the home of three new programs (one IES Abroad program and two Direct Enrollment options):French Studies & Business on the RivieraThis program gives students the opportunity to take business courses and non-intensive language courses through our partner university, IPAG, and take French language and area studies courses with IES Abroad. IES Abroad area studies courses will include topics like...

January 27, 2015

New to our Ambassador Program this year, we are awarding IES Abroad Ambassadors of the Month titles to Ambassadors who show exceptional dedication to international education outreach by taking part in a variety of outreach activities on their campus and online.We are pleased to announce our January Ambassadors of the Month: Brian Grip, University of Rochester (Sydney: University of New South Wales, Spring 2014) and Sondra Goldschmidt, Penn State University  (Rome Summer Internship, Summer 2014).Brian has supported study abroad outreach on University of Rochester’s campus by...

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