At IES Abroad, students have access to amazing faculty across the globe—faculty who are experts in their fields and leaders in the classroom.

The Center of Excellence in Teaching and Learning Abroad (CETLA) was established in July 2022 to continuously enhance the quality of educational experiences related to study abroad on IES Abroad programs. CETLA also celebrates the many accomplishments of our talented faculty, and encourages collaboration and exchange of best practices to benefit students and faculty. 

As the foundation of everything we do at IES Abroad, CETLA poses the question “What is excellence in teaching and learning?” within the context of study abroad.

The Pursuit of Academic Excellence

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CETLA serves IES Abroad faculty in building a community for sharing best practices, ensuring pedagogical integrity for promotion of increased global understanding and intercultural competence, as well as access and equity to more students.

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As part of CETLA, Virtual Learning Support Services (VLSS) is instrumental in promoting the thoughtful integration of technology into teaching and learning. VLSS staff lead cluster-wide, hands-on training for pedagogy and technology, as well as support faculty via a lead faculty peer-mentoring system.

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CETLA is also more broadly involved in advancing strategic academic planning, including incentivizing curricular initiatives with faculty grants, and acting as a clearinghouse for organizational collaboration with the possibility of virtual faculty exchanges and student support with research fellowships.


There is also a steering committee for CETLA who will ensure constituent feedback and broad representation from across IES Abroad globally.

For more information about this initiative, please email us at

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Our mission is simple: to provide students with the best study abroad programs possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.

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