July 1, 2014

When it comes to cultural immersion through study abroad, our Center Directors and Spring 2014 students have a lot to say. Center Directors from IES Abroad Milan, Berlin, Amsterdam, Granada, and Barcelona share how study abroad makes an impact on our students, broadens their horizons, teaches them about their host country, and so much more. Students share their personal experiences and how study abroad has opened their eyes and taught them about themselves.Watch this video to see their perspectives.

June 30, 2014

Based on recommendations from our consortium, student feedback, and the results of our rigorous program evaluations and surveys, we believe the following new programs will help us further meet the academic needs and desires of students. We’re especially excited about our new multi-location programs where students spend equal amounts of time in two or more IES Abroad locations.  There is one multi-location semester program, Emerging Economies: Santiago & Rio, and one summer program, Museums & Beyond: Art & Culture in Paris, Madrid & Rome. Details about the new...

June 27, 2014

Have you ever learned a new word in an exotic language and suddenly it became your favorite? That’s what happened to IES Abroad Arles student blogger Hannah Jacobsma upon seeing her first field of tournesols (sunflowers). Read this Blog Post of the Week to learn about some of the other fun discoveries Hannah has made since arriving in Southern France!

June 25, 2014

At the end of every term, our Paris French Studies Program awards prizes to students in various categories. Below is a list of the students who won the awards for Spring 2014.Prix de français/French AwardAwarded to the students who made the most concerted effort to respect the French-only rule, and to speak French at the Center and during all IES Abroad-sponsored activities.Daisy Marquez, Loyola University of ChicagoGraice Van Spankeren, Illinois Wesleyan UniversityPrix de mérite/Merit AwardAwarded to the students who significantly invested themselves academically and in extracurricular...

June 24, 2014

One of our 2013 Ambassadors of the Year, Danielle Lichliter from Penn State University, put her prize to good use last month by visiting Granada, Spain, where she studied abroad in Spring 2011.According to Center Director Dr. Javier Martínez de Velasco, “It was great to have her here. We took her out to lunch, and she came to the Center right when we were opening our student watercolor exhibit, so I was able to recognize her in front of everyone.”We asked Danielle to share some memories of serving as an Ambassador as well as her visit to her old stomping grounds in Southern Spain....

June 20, 2014

On June 8, 2014, Stolica, the film directed by Elisabetta Lodoli (Documentary Film Instructor at IES Abroad Rome) and written/produced by Dr. Octavio di Leo (Center Director at IES Abroad Rio de Janeiro), was shown at the International Peace Festival 2014 in Sarajevo. Stolica was produced in 2012 during an IES Abroad faculty seminar on Conflict Transformation to Rome and Bosnia. Having the film shown at the Peace Event—an event in Sarajevo organized to commemorate the 100 years since the beginning of World War I—was particularly important to those who participated in...

June 20, 2014

Just more than one week in, fans’ excitement about the 2014 FIFA World Cup is at a high. Students studying on summer programs have the unique experience of cheering on their host countries’ teams as well as the United States while abroad.In this Blog Post of the Week, IES Abroad European Union student blogger Alzabeth Roman describes the energetic atmosphere in Freiburg when Germany beat Portugal 4-0 on Monday. From observing the differences in game-watching behavior to similarities in post-win celebrations, it is clear Alzabeth is having a ball.We can’t wait to see how...

June 18, 2014

With less than two months before the deadline for our first-ever Study Abroad Film Festival, we have yet another jury member to introduce: our esteemed Rio de Janeiro Center Director Dr. Octavio di Leo!Dr. di Leo has been with IES Abroad since 2003, first in Barcelona and then Rome, and now as the Director of our IES Abroad Rio de Janeiro Center. Read on to learn about his passion for filmmaking.Dr. Octavio di LeoWriter & ProducerCenter Director - IES Abroad Rio de JaneiroQ: Which of your film-related accomplishments do you feel the most proud of?A: Stolica was produced during an IES...

June 13, 2014

In this Blog Post of the Week, IES Abroad Dublin student blogger, Schyler Martin, shares a status report of what it’s like to be living and learning in Dublin. Don’t miss her observations on the city’s aesthetics, the local people, her roommates, and how she’s adjusting during her first week abroad.If the following excerpt is any indication, we gather she’s enjoying herself: “Trust me when I say that Dublin is a dream so far. A complete and utter dream.” Read more here.

June 10, 2014

Our June Alum of the Month is Dr. Bruce F. Pauley (Vienna, 1957-58), an award-winning historian, retired professor, and author. Raised in Nebraska, Pauley earned a B.A. from Grinnell College, an M.A. from University of Nebraska, and a Ph.D. from University of Rochester. He was also a Fulbright scholar in Graz, Austria, in 1963-64.Pauley’s impressive career includes more than 40 years as a history professor at several U.S. colleges and universities and multiple awards and distinctions for his research, teaching, and books. He has traveled extensively and returned to Austria many times to...

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