June 6, 2014

In this Blog Post of the Week, IES Abroad Cape Town student blogger, Alexa Szotka, describes a cooking class that she and her friend, Atara, took with a local teacher in the colorful Bo Kaap neighborhood of Cape Town. After much delicious food, laughter, and fun, she writes, “I was just reflecting on how wonderful the day had gone, and it had completely exceeded my expectations. The day was just a reminder that there are still so many caring and life-loving people that I haven’t met yet, and that I will still have to travel the world to find.”Read more here.

June 6, 2014

The University of Portland is currently running its second customized program with IES Abroad in San José, Costa Rica, from May 11-June 17. The students are engaged in the community and their studies through the IES Abroad-taught Advanced Intensive Spanish Language course.During this five-week program, students take part in business visits and cultural excursions to Los Santos, Rio Celeste, the Tirimbina Rainforest Center, and enjoy a two-day field trip to the Osa Peninsula.In addition to academic activities and excursions, IES Abroad has also arranged four dance classes for students,...

May 30, 2014

Study abroad can play an integral role in opening one’s mind and breaking down preconceived notions of other cultures. Three months in, IES Abroad Berlin student blogger, Evan Weyrauch, is seeing his host country and city in a whole new light.In this Blog Post of the Week, Evan dispels the misconceptions people often have of Germany. He says, “Hitler, Bavaria, and the Wall can’t describe the amazing dinner I had with my host, and experiencing the local ice cream shop down the street. They can’t describe the two punk concerts I’ve been to in Kreuzberg that were in...

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.

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