December 2, 2014

November 22, 2014, was a proud day for IES Abroad London, and the Center’s Academic Advisor and longtime faculty member Dr. Diane (Di) Atkinson.Dr. Atkinson, who teaches From Aphra Behn to the 'Blitz:' 300 Years of London Women's Social History in the Study London Program, has a special interest in the role women played during the First World War. In 2009, she authored Elsie and Mairi Go To War: Two Extraordinary Women on the Western Front.Regarded as “The Angels of Pervyse,” Elsie Knocker and Mairi Chisholm were British humanitarians who set up an emergency aid...

November 26, 2014

We are happy to announce Zhao Ning as the new Center Director for IES Abroad Beijing. She graduated from the Northern University for Nationalities with a B.A. in the English language, and then received her M.A. in Linguistics and Applied Linguistics from Beijing Normal University. She has been working at the IES Abroad Beijing Center since 2006, and has taught Chinese language classes of all levels. She has been the Associate Director of the Beijing Center since 2009, and became the Acting Director in August 2014.Zhao taught at Bucknell University from 2008-2009, and has been focusing her...

November 26, 2014

We have partnered with Global Players, an athletics-focused study abroad provider, to offer a study abroad program for student athletes in Rio de Janeiro next summer! Global Players' programs are designed specifically for student athletes and include an athletic training and international competition component, in addition to the academic curriculum and cross-cultural programming for which IES Abroad is recognized.Participants will join our Rio de Janeiro Summer Sports & Society Program and train with local teams, teach sport in local schools, and join community service...

November 26, 2014

On November 21st, IES Abroad London hosted a fundraising event for our student-led Jamaican Healthcare Solidarity Project. As part of our Health Practice & Policy Program, our Fall 2014 students will spend the last two weeks of their program in Kingston, Jamaica, where they will be taking part in service learning placements in the local community. The students are fundraising to cover the costs of basic medical supplies that they will donate to a clinic in Jamaica.As part of the event, talented students, staff and faculty performed, including our very own Jamaican-born poet and IES Abroad...

November 21, 2014

As part of International Education Week, we asked our student bloggers to address one of the 5 Benefits of Study Abroad, and how they relate to the experiences they’re having right now. What they shared went beyond our expectations—heartwarming stories about travel, unique learning opportunities, personal development, intercultural communication, and career benefits.One of the most powerful posts was IES Abroad Rome student blogger Elisabeth Hawthorne’s video blog, The Bravest Measure. See it for yourself below—we think it’ll make you want to travel the world,...

November 21, 2014

This week, individuals, institutions, and organizations all over the United States and in different parts of the world celebrated International Education Week, a joint initiative between the U.S. State Department and the U.S. Department of Education honoring the many benefits of international education. IES Abroad engaged in conversation all week long, with students, staff, and friends—on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and more—in an effort to highlight the many benefits of study abroad. Here’s a recap of our top five: Travel and Exploration No matter how much travel...

November 19, 2014

At the 2014 Annual Conference last month, we recognized superior faculty members who teach at our Centers abroad. Among these awards were two Excellence in Teaching awards, Instructor of the Year, and two Long-Term Faculty awards.The Excellence in Teaching and Instructor of the Year awards are student nominated, and each year hundreds of students send in their nominations for their favorite instructors. The Long-Term Faculty award recognizes teachers who have taught for us for more than 20 years and are nominated by our Center Directors. A committee made up of members of the IES Abroad Board...

November 18, 2014

No one studies abroad to spend all day, every day sitting in a classroom, listening to a lecture. That’s why IES Abroad organizes countless opportunities to bring the host country’s culture to life. Here are just a few ways we pack unique learning into our academic programs:InternshipsService LearningCourse-related ExcursionsField TripsCultural ActivitiesCORE (Comprehensive Orientation & Re-entry Program)Take an insider’s look at how IES Abroad Shanghai student blogger Jennifer Ushakov is learning both inside and outside the classroom, as excerpted from her recent blog...

November 18, 2014

On Tuesday, December 2, the IES Abroad community will come together to participate in #GivingTuesday, a global initiative dedicated to giving back.Following Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday was launched in 2012 as a call to action to inspire more charitable giving during the holiday season. Last year, more than 10,000 organizations in 46 countries collaborated to celebrate #GivingTuesday.All funds raised by IES Abroad on #GivingTuesday will directly support scholarships for future IES Abroad students. Funding is the determining factor for many students who want to...

November 17, 2014

Ask most students who have studied abroad why they did it, and you’re sure to hear, “For the travel opportunities!” as a popular reason. So, it was only natural for us to identify travel as one of the many benefits of study abroad during International Education Week.Travel not only exposes you to new sights, sounds, cuisines, and people, it broadens your entire perspective on the world and your place within it.Sure, you might have opportunities to travel during other times of your life, but there will seldom be another occasion to be a student traveling abroad.Here are five...

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