Studying abroad with IES Abroad is a world-shaking discovery that has long-lasting benefits—just ask our alumni. Our research findings show how their academic interests, cultural development, personal growth, and careers are impacted by their one-of-a-kind IES Abroad experiences. 


Read the Recent Graduates Survey

Read the Career Outcomes of Study Abroad Students: 2012-2015 Survey

Recent Graduate Survey

Our recent graduate survey found that study abroad may be one of the best ways for college students to find jobs sooner after graduation, related to their majors, and at a higher starting salary. Study abroad students also show success in being accepted to graduate and professional schools. 

50-Year Alumni Survey Results

In honor of the 50th anniversary of IES Abroad, we conducted the largest quantitative survey of study abroad alumni—the IES Abroad 50-year Alumni Survey. This survey was conducted to assess the long-term impact of study abroad by exploring how our alumni perceive their study abroad experience and its impact on their careers, education, and world views. 

Survey findings below indicate that studying abroad makes a difference — a long-lasting difference — in the lives of its participants, and results demonstrate the far reaching affects the experience has on participants, not only academically but professionally and personally as well. 

student teacher teaching students in a classroom in Shanghai
claimed that studying abroad influenced subsequent educational experiences
reported they acquired skill sets while studying abroad that influenced their career path
reported that studying abroad served as a catalyst for increased maturity
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reported the study abroad experience helped them to better understand their own cultural values and biases

Articles About Our Findings

We invite you to explore our findings by accessing the many articles and presentations that highlight our research. Links to articles, where available, are included below. Links to back issues that can be ordered for a fee are also provided below in cases where the articles are not provided for free.

Discover Alumni Spotlights

Our Alumni Spotlights feature highlights the impact that studying abroad has had on the careers of alumni.

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Students in Vienna in the late 1900s.

PLEASE NOTE: Any and all uses of the 50-year Alumni survey results conducted by IES Abroad, Institute for the International Education of Students, must be accompanied by proper citation.