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...

August 29, 2014

This Blog Post of the Week requires no introduction—the photos speak for themselves! To see more of IES Abroad San José student blogger Sergio Cueto's exciting first week in Costa Rica, click here. 

August 22, 2014

Everything we do is about the IES Abroad student. Our staff is so passionate about making sure students can experience the life-changing adventure of a semester abroad that they donate their own hard-earned money towards the IES Abroad Employee Scholarship Fund.As a result, a record nine need-based students were afforded the opportunity to study abroad in Spring 2014, using a total of $15,500 donated by U.S. and Center staff in the 2013-14 fiscal year.Congratulations to the following students! Based on the quotes below, we think you’ll agree they had an unforgettable time abroad.Delise...

August 22, 2014

American filmmaker Michael Moore once said, “Documentaries are a form of journalism.” It’s true – documentaries often shed light on issues people may not have known about otherwise, and rely on real people—not actors—to tell stories.We believe stories from study abroad are some of the most impactful—particularly when they come directly from the students themselves. That’s one of the many reasons we created the Study Abroad Film Festival: to share our students stories through the power of film. Our international jury has spoken, the finalists are...

August 19, 2014

We're excited to announce the winners in each category of our photo contest! Thank you to everyone who took the time to submit or vote. Congratulations to the following four winners: The Global ClassroomSarah Tiano, Lawrence UniversityIES Abroad Auckland“Tarita is a firecracker from the Cook Islands- here she is showing me the way sea cucumbers can be used as squirt guns!” The Student ExperienceMichael Gaytko, University of St. Thomas (MN)IES Abroad Rome"Vatican"Your World [Redefined]Ruth Woldemichael, Rice UniversityIES Abroad Salamanca"Las Cuevas de...

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