The Academic Leader in Study Abroad
Our mission is simple: to provide students with the best study abroad programs possible—which includes the highest quality academic and cultural experiences.
Our academic leadership relies on the development of outstanding programming—by educational and study abroad staff with years of professional experience — and continual assessment and program enhancement.
Led by President and CEO Dr. Greg Hess, we have consistently set new standards in academic excellence, including the development of initiatives, such as the IES Abroad Model Assessment Practices (MAPs), that have become standard-bearers for the entire field.
Most recently, after a careful review of IES Abroad’s internal evaluation policies, the Forum on Education Abroad recognized IES Abroad for its achievement in program measurement and improvement, and is, to date, the only organization to hold this honor.
Achieving high standards of academic excellence requires the involvement and participation of our consortium schools; an Academic Department at our headquarters in Chicago; highly skilled academic Center Directors around the world; and world-class university partners. Together, these groups provide consistent academic excellence in study abroad.