The people have spoken! The IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival finalist, “I Spy” has been voted the Innovative Student Video winner of GoAbroad’s 2018 Innovation Awards. And that’s not all, we’re also the winner of the Innovation in Marketing & Digital Media for our IES Abroad Film Festival Event. Having recently been named GoAbroad’s Top Study Abroad Organization of 2017, IES Abroad is over the moon (or globe) about these recent awards.
All winners were announced at the GoAbroad reception during the NAFSA Annual Conference in Philadelphia on Thursday, May 31.
For more than 15 years, GoAbroad.com has been the premier online resource for discovering meaningful international experiences and alternative travel opportunities. GoAbroad’s annual Innovation Awards celebrate and acknowledge the most original, creative, and exceptional ideas in international education.
Innovative Student Video Winner: "I Spy" by Bianca Cortner
This award recognizes a student-created video that captures the true essence of an international education program. The winner was determined by popular vote.
Curious and playful, Bianca’s film gives viewers the chance to re-experience the rushing sensation of being in a new city for the first time. Her film feels like the honeymoon phase of a trip, where every detail is noticed “in the surroundings that engulf you”. Bianca’s film is a reminder to be present and observant while abroad. Her film represents an excitement for the new and novel, and an acute awareness of the magic it holds.
Innovation in Marketing and Digital Media Winner: IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Festival Event
This award recognizes a creative and groundbreaking marketing, advertising, or digital media campaign.
Since 2014, our Film Festival has been an online opportunity for students to share their stories from study abroad through film. After hosting the Film Festival online for three years, we approached our 2017 Festival feeling it was time to do something bold: coordinating a live Study Abroad Film Festival Event hosted by actor Kate Flannery (Meredith from NBC’s The Office).
Our Film Festival event underscored the remarkable power of study abroad and the global network it creates using film. It was a reminder to us—and those who attended or participated—of how study abroad truly can change the world— one student, and one story, at a time.
Interested in attending the Film Festival event this year? Be sure to check out the details on our Film Festival Event page.
IES Abroad was also named a finalist for the GoAbroad’s 2018 People’s Choice award.
Nominated by study abroad professionals, this award honors the top international education organization for offering great service to students and staying true to its mission of providing meaningful educational experiences abroad. Four organizations were named finalists, and the winner was determined by popular vote.
We’re grateful to be recognized through numerous industry awards for our commitment to providing our students unmatched global educational experiences. Learn more about who we are and why we’re a little obsessed with study abroad.
For the fifth year in a row, IES Abroad is participating in #GivingTuesday—a global day of giving. On November 27th, join us as we set out to increase access to study abroad by raising funds for IES Abroad Scholarships.
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