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Our Academic Consortium

As one of the nation's oldest and most reputable study abroad providers, we are proud of our academic consortium of 235+ leading U.S. colleges and universities. Educational institutions that are part of the IES Abroad Consortium are actively involved in the mission, direction, and academic program development and review of IES Abroad programs.

We have a structured academic governance system composed of elected and appointed faculty and staff representing the IES Abroad Consortium. Through specific program evaluation methods, the Academic Consortium schools also work with us to continually measure and refine our academic programming so that it remains challenging, innovative, and relevant to the changing needs of today’s students.

IES Abroad Member institutions agree by contract to the full transfer of credit from IES Abroad programs to the student’s home institutions, thereby allowing their students to more easily participate in our programming, as well as transfer their own aid or receive IES Abroad financial support.

Our Consortium has two levels of participation: Member and Associate Member.

MEMBER BENEFITS

As a Member, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Priority admissions review of your students.
  • Opportunity to directly admit qualified students to IES Abroad programs.
  • Opportunity for your students to receive IES Abroad financial aid and scholarships. (Most IES Abroad aid is available only to Consortium members. Some exceptions apply.)
  • Copy of the annual Membership Survey results at no cost.
  • Voting rights within the IES Abroad Consortium.
  • Opportunity to serve on academic committees that oversee the academic policy and curriculum development of all our programs.
  • Opportunity to serve on academic program review committees for on-site reviews.
  • Opportunity to participate in faculty seminars.
  • Attendance at our Annual Conference in Chicago, featuring presentations and discussions about innovations in the study abroad field. Registration is free and conference meals are included.
  • Opportunity to receive the IES Abroad Lifetime Achievement Award or the IES Abroad Professional Development Award.
  • Opportunity to participate in familiarization trips to our Centers around the world.

ASSOCIATE MEMBER BENEFITS

As an Associate Member, you can enjoy the following benefits:

  • Priority in admissions over non-member schools.
  • Opportunity to directly admit qualified students to IES Abroad programs.
  • Opportunity for your students to receive IES Abroad financial aid and scholarships. (Most IES Abroad aid is available only to Consortium members. Some exceptions apply.)
  • Copy of the annual Membership Survey results at no cost.
  • Attendance at our Annual Conference in Chicago, featuring presentations and discussions about innovations in the study abroad field. Registration is free and conference meals are included.
  • Opportunity to participate in familiarization trips to our Centers around the world.
  • Opportunity to be invited to become an IES Abroad Member.
  • Opportunity to participate in faculty seminars.

Scholarships & Financial Aid

Certain IES Abroad Financial Aid & Scholarship programs are open only to students from IES Abroad Member and Associate Member schools. These programs include:

Becoming Part of the Consortium

Associate Members are invited to join the Consortium by IES Abroad and must also be voted in by the IES Abroad Board of Directors.

To become a Member, a school must be invited and recommended by the Institutional Membership Committee, which comprises representatives from the IES Abroad Member schools. The IES Abroad Members and Board of Directors vote in new members based on the recommendations of the Institutional Membership Committee.

If you are interested in becoming a member of our academic consortium, please contact your IES Abroad Representative directly. Your representative can help explain further the process of becoming a member.

Our Consortium