Michael Steinberg

Executive Vice President and Director of International Programs
IES Abroad

During 42 years at IES, Dr. Steinberg has been involved in all aspects of administration including serving as resident director of the IES program in Vienna, overseeing admissions, supervising financial matters, developing customized programs, and organizing faculty seminars He has had primary responsibility for developing and supervising all of the IES programs. Dr. Steinberg has led the expansion of IES from seven sites to thirty- three and from Western Europe to Asia, Latin America, Africa, Australia, and New Zealand. He is one of the authors of the IES MAP, the IES Guidelines for Study. Dr. Steinberg also oversees IES Abroad’ s Customized Program Department.

Dr. Steinberg is active in the field of international education, has published a number of articles related to study abroad and frequently gives presentations on panels at the national conferences of NAFSA and the Forum on Education Abroad as well as the conferences of other organizations. He was elected to the first Advisory Council of the Forum for Education Abroad where he served for seven years. He served as Chair of the Forum Standards Committee which produced the Forum Standards on Study Abroad and as Chair of NAFSA’s Education Abroad Regulatory Policy Committee. 

Dr. Steinberg was honored by NAFSA: Association of International Educators with its Education Abroad Leadership Award in 2012 and received the Peter A. Wollitzer Advocacy Award from the Forum on Education Abroad in 2015. 

A graduate with honors from Cornell University where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, Dr. Steinberg was awarded a Ph.D. in history with distinction from the Johns Hopkins University. He studied at the University of Würzburg, Germany where he was supported by a fellowship from the DAAD. Prior to coming to IES in 1976, he taught modern European history at Williams College, Northern Illinois University, and Northwestern University. His major publications include Sabers and Brown Shirts, (University of Chicago Press, 1977 ) and The Technical Challenges and Opportunities of a United Europe (London: Pinter Press, 1990.) 

Read below to find out a bit more about Michael:

Where have you studied or lived abroad?

I studied in Paris and in Würzburg , Germany. I served as Director of the IES Vienna program and lived in Vienna.

What is your favorite place you've traveled and why?

Venice. I am an historian and Venice, an ancient city without automobiles, still seems much like it did centuries ago. The first time I went to Venice, the sun was shining-- unusual for that city, but a wonderful introduction for me.

What is the one item you can't travel without?

My iPad.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

Read, watch TV serials, & volunteer.

Tell us one thing people probably don't know about you.

Jobs not on my resume: short order cook, soda jerk, arts and crafts counselor at a school for emotionally disturbed children, assistant to cutter in a lingerie factory, historian for the army corps of engineers.

Familiarization Trip in Tokyo