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IES Abroad is a Chicago-based, not-for-profit academic consortium founded in 1950. We strive to provide premier study abroad programs for U.S. students that deliver the highest quality education while simultaneously promoting development of intercultural competence. With more than 60 years of leadership and 120+ worldwide programs in 35 cities, we can confidently say global brilliance begins here.

We offer students the opportunity to study more than 15 languages while they’re abroad, including 30+ language intensive programs. View a complete list of programs by language, location, and discipline.

Academic Excellence
Our academic leadership relies on the development of outstanding programming—by educational and study abroad staff with years of professional experience — and continual assessment and program enhancement.

Customized Programs
For more than 50 years, IES Abroad has been collaborating on faculty-led and other customized study abroad programs, from short-term summer courses to semester and academic-year experiences. Interested in leading a program abroad? Find out more here.

Language MAP
The second publication in the IES Abroad Model Assessment Practice for Study Abroad Programs, the IES Abroad MAP for Language & Intercultural Communication is a ground-breaking publication that we believe will set a new standard for study abroad language learning. Learn more and download a copy.

Our Consortium
IES Abroad works with more than 240 leading public and private U.S. colleges and universities to support our mission, direction, and academic program development and review. Find out if your institution is a member or associate member.

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