We plan for "what if" so you don't have to.

With more than 70 years of experience, we are proud to set the standard for health and safety in study abroad. Our Chicago-based and on-site staff are all highly trained and experienced in the matters of health, safety, and crisis management. We are here for you from predeparture to your return, and are ready to support you—no matter what time zone you’re in.

Once you've been accepted to a program, more detailed health and safety tips unique to your study abroad location will be made available in your myIESabroad account.

COVID-19 & Study Abroad

In response to COVID-19, our Crisis Management Team is working 24/7 to keep students, staff, and faculty up to date with the latest coronavirus updates and has released enhanced safety guidelines—such as social distancing and personal protective equipment (PPE) in on-site classes, in-country field trips and travel only, and apartment or residence hall housing (and homestays only in select, approved locations) that ensures proper space should self-quarantining be necessary.

Vaccine Policy

Starting with our Spring 2022 academic term, IES Abroad will require that participants on our study abroad programs, customized programs, and in-person internship programs abroad be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 prior to the start of their program.

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How We Support Your Health & Safety Abroad

Additional Resources

Refund Policy

A core philosophy of our health & safety procedures is that we plan for the what ifs so that you don't have to worry.

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“Before even leaving home, I received phone calls from people [in Chicago and Paris] checking up on my mental health needs and medications. It was so thoughtful and personalized.”
Bridget A. • Gettysburg College • Paris

We’re Here for You

Safety Tips & Resources
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