Professional Development

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Providing opportunities for professional development is vital to the academic and overall success of IES Abroad.

We have developed a number of opportunities for staff members from study abroad offices at our consortium schools, as well as faculty from our partners that are designed to enhance the knowledge, experience, and insights of Consortium member faculty and staff.

We also offer opportunities to our own faculty who teach IES Abroad courses, as a means of giving them ongoing professional development.


Visit a Center

How would you like to experience studying abroad on our programs just like your students do?

Join one of our Familiarization Trips, along with other study abroad coordinators, administrators, and faculty members, to visit IES Abroad Center facilities, tour local partner universities, attend classes, visit student housing, and meet students, staff, and faculty.

In addition, you get to experience first-hand local cultural activities and regional excursions. There is no better way to learn the ins and outs of an IES Abroad program than to see all aspects of a Center at work first-hand.

You can also request to visit a Center on your own or with your colleagues.

Attend our Annual Conference

Our Annual Conference provides a forum for the exchange of ideas about relevant topics in education abroad.

In addition to workshops and sessions on current issues in the field and IES Abroad programming, it’s a fantastic opportunity for our Consortium members to network with each other, as well as with IES Abroad staff and our overseas Center Directors.

This free conference is open to consortium members, and most meals are also included.

Join a Committee

Involvement in an IES Abroad committee is a great outlet for your own professional development, and a way to be actively involved in sustaining the academic and overall excellence that you expect from IES Abroad.

Committee opportunities include:

  • Academic Council
  • Annual Conference Program Planning Committee
  • Curriculum Committee
  • Institutional Membership Committee
  • Nominations Committee
  • Program Advisory Committees

Participate in our International Student Assistantship Program

We can connect U.S. universities with highly qualified international students from our partner universities abroad who are eager to share their native culture and language, act as study abroad resources, and study in the United States. This program brings valuable linguistic and cultural resources to your students and internationalizes your campus. Learn more about our International Student Assistantship Program.


Faculty Development Seminars

Our Faculty Development Seminars take place on-site at our Centers around the world. They offer local and U.S. faculty the opportunity to meet and discuss topics of common interest, including pedagogical issues, which impact program development. Explore our Faculty Development Seminars.

Teaching Grants

We offer Teaching Grants for Consortium faculty on sabbatical to teach a course at select IES Abroad Centers for a semester.

Research Grants

With a Research Grant, faculty members from IES Abroad member schools visit an IES Abroad Center for up to a month to engage in their own research that relates to the Center’s curriculum, give lectures, and collaborate with IES Abroad faculty while gaining in-depth knowledge of the Center.

Host an IES Abroad Faculty Member

We offer Consortium schools the opportunity to Host an IES Abroad Faculty Member from our various centers to give public lectures and classroom visits in their field of expertise. 


We are committed to providing developmental opportunities for our own faculty at our Centers around the world as a means of giving them ongoing professional development, a greater connection to IES Abroad, and an opportunity to exchange with international faculty in similar fields.

Faculty development opportunities include:

  • Participation at local, regional, or international conferences
  • Participation in IES Abroad-sponsored academic seminars
  • Participating in a Lecture Tour
  • Research fellowships at the Newberry Library in Chicago
  • Involvement in inter-Center workshops

Using Technology to Enhance Learning Objectives

We offer regular webinars to our Center staff and faculty on the use of technology to increase student learning in the study abroad environment. Each Center has its own Moodle site, a faculty champion to encourage and support the use of educational technology by other faculty members, and a Regional Educational Technology Specialist to facilitate the effective use of technology in every IES Abroad course.