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Imagine your customized or faculty-led study abroad program in one (or more) of our approximately 30 locations around the world and explore just a few of the programs we've collaborated on in the past. Wherever your destination or whatever your academic focus, together we can make it happen. 

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Program Spotlights

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Providence College | Global Luxury Management in Milan

The Providence College School of Business wanted to build an international experience for MBA students around a specific course. IES Abroad connected students and faculty to Milan, the heart of the global luxury market and second-largest city in Italy, to learn about the industry firsthand through business visits and guest lectures by industry professionals.

Program Components
Term & Length:
Spring, 10 days
Student Audience: MBA/Graduate students
Academic Focus: Luxury Brand Management
Courses Taught by: Providence College faculty member
Housing: Hotel
Field Trip: Optional 2-day trip to Florence, including a walking tour and visit to the Accademia Gallery, home to Michelangelo's David
Business Visits: Visits to leading international luxury companies specializing in fashion, food, beauty, jewelry, automotive, and hospitality, including Lamborghini, Bottega Veneta, L’Oreal Italia, MaxMara, and Kering Group

Student Biking in Cape Town

University of Arkansas | South Africa: Past & Present

A University of Arkansas History professor was seeking a way to teach students about South African history and culture through service, exploration of historic sites, and interactions with locals. To meet this request, IES Abroad delivered a two-week-long program during the May intersession that allowed students to live and learn in South Africa.

Program Components
Term & Length:
May session, two weeks
Student Audience: Undergraduate students
Academic Focus: South African History and Culture
Courses Taught by: University of Arkansas faculty member
Housing: Hostel
Field Trips: Kruger National Park, Johannesburg, Robben Island, Cape Winelands, University of Western Cape, Castle of Good Hope, District Six Museum, South African National Gallery
Highlight: Two days of service learning with a local women’s advocacy group

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Miami University | Business in Barcelona

Miami University’s Farmer School of Business sought to build an international program that matched their students’ specific course sequence. In partnering with IES Abroad Customized Programs, IES Abroad Barcelona, and a prestigious local university, they were able create a dynamic business program in the capital of Catalonia.

Program Components
Term & Length:
Spring, semester
Student Audience: Undergraduate students
Academic Focus: International Business
Courses Taught by: IES Abroad and Institut Quimic de Sarria (IQS)
Housing: Homestay
Field Trips: 2-day trip to Tarragona, including visits to the Human Tower offices and Roman ruins, and optional field trips
Highlights: Students attend two business visits, in addition to many optional IES Abroad DiscoverIES (activities and field trips designed to introduce them to life and culture in Barcelona and the rest of Spain)

Faculty & Student Awards

Faculty-Led Program Award

IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs believes in and wants to support and implement innovative study abroad program ideas. Have an idea for a customized or faculty-led study abroad program that could use funding? During select times, you may apply for the Faculty-Led Program Award and win up to $15,000 to make your program idea a reality for you and your students. Need some inspiration? Learn about past winners.

Global Citizen of the Year Award

Thanks to leaders like you and big ideas like yours, students on customized and faculty-led programs have done some pretty incredible things! Read about Breana Ross (Cape Town ǀ University of Miami) and Jeremy Marks (Shanghai & Beijing, IES Internships Cape Town ǀ University of Iowa), respective winner and finalist of the 2018 IES Abroad Global Citizen of the Year Award.

Know an IES Abroad student who's supported their community during and/or after study abroad? Encourage them to apply for next year's Global Citizen of the Year Award!

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