IES Abroad Familiarization Trip: Study Abroad as a Path to a Sustainable Future

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Study Abroad as a Path to a Sustainable Future

Barcelona, Spain | November 13-19, 2022

Join us for a unique familiarization trip to Barcelona that explores through the student lens how we integrate sustainability into our curriculum. We recently announced our Global Good Commitment and take our efforts to create a more sustainable world and an ESG-savvy workforce seriously.

Sustainability is critical to the future of our planet. Regardless of a student’s academic focus and career aspirations, sustainability plays, and will continue to play, an important role. We believe study abroad is a path to better understanding sustainability from a global perspective and to developing the problem-solving skills our students need and is expected from today’s employers.

On this familiarization trip, get a firsthand look at the student experience. As active members of the Learning Community, participants will get to know IES Abroad Barcelona, and our commitment to sustainability through the experience of a weeklong, hands-on “mini-course”.

About the Familiarization Trip

Where: IES Abroad Barcelona

When: November 13-19, 2022

Focus: Discover our new Designing the Sustainable City course.  First piloted in Spring 2022, Designing the Sustainable City will be offered across 12 Centers by Spring 2023. Because problem solving is interdisciplinary in nature, this course is co-taught by professors across disciplines, from multiple IES Abroad Centers to students of any discipline, thereby creating multidisciplinary Learning Communities.

What to Expect:

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Meet our staff in Barcelona
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Tour our Center & student housing
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Learn about our current and future sustainability-related offerings across other programs, and how we've taken inspiration from the UN's Sustainable Development Goals
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Learn about all programs offered at IES Abroad Barcelona
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Participate in virtual pre-departure sessions with IES Abroad staff and professors to lay a foundation for the trip
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Interaction with the local faculty and students as a part of the Learning Community
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Observation of both in-person and virtual taught sessions
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A course-related field study trip
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Small-group problem-solving sessions with assistance from Fall 2022 Barcelona students enrolled in the course
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Sharing potential solutions to their team’s problem at the end of the week—just like the students do!

IES Abroad Programs in Barcelona

Dates & Costs

November 13-19, 2022 Full Members: $500 Associate Members: $600 IES Abroad covers airfare, accommodation during the trip, scheduled meals, on-site transportation and to/from the airports, all program-related trips, and international health insurance.

Apply or Nominate Today!

We hope you can join us for this one-of-a-kind trip that offers a unique immersive experience—study abroad staff and faculty (all disciplines) from our Consortium are encouraged to apply! This trip is designed to showcases our commitment to being global citizens and agents of change ourselves, too—not just through our students.

Apply or Nominate by September 15, 2022, spaces are limited due to the integrative nature of the trip.

Apply or Nominate 

Learn more about Familiarization Trips, and contact Contact Hope McClelland-Young with questions