It’s Royally Awesome That Meghan Markle Studied Abroad With IES Abroad

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We’re not going to lie; we were pretty excited to see that an IES Abroad alumna is the royal family’s bride-to-be. That’s right, the Meghan Markle studied abroad with us in Madrid in 2002 while she was a student at Northwestern University.

Studying abroad in Madrid meant Meghan studied in the heart of Spain practicing her Spanish, and engaging in the culture, cuisine, and history of the capital city.

The benefits of study abroad don’t always include the opportunity to marry – or even meet – royalty, however they do include a range of other personal and professional benefits. By living and learning abroad, IES Abroad students develop highly sought-after professional skills – adaptability, communication, self-awareness, and confidence.

Studying abroad also provides insight into important global issues, and the impact they have on other cultures.  This has driven many IES Abroad students to take on humanitarian efforts (at home and abroad), to help represent underrepresented groups and create positive change, which Markle has exhibited through her work with organizations such as World Vision and the United Nations. She even volunteered while she studied abroad in Madrid (maybe this is where it all started!?).  

Meghan has fully embraced the benefits of studying abroad and has demonstrated her skills throughout her successful career as an actress, and her humanitarian work. These skills will play a key role as she transitions into life with the royal family, taking on even more royal duties.

We’re delighted that Meghan is part of our group of distinguished alumni, and wish all the best to the happy couple on their recent engagement.

Check out more of our distinguished IES Abroad alumni who’s study abroad experiences redefined their world:

Janet Napolitano
Janet Napolitano
President of University of California, and former U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security
John Irving
John Irving
Writer and Academy Award-Winning Screenwriter
Adrienne O'Neal
Adrienne S. O'Neal
Retired U.S. Ambassador to Cabo Verde
Dr. Donald Hopkins
Donald Hopkins, MD, MPH
Special Advisor for Guinea Worm Eradication, The Carter Center
Amelia Roosevelt
Amelia Roosevelt
Great granddaughter to Franklin D. Roosevelt, Violist, and Co-founder & Administrative Director of the Repast Baroque Ensemble
Willard Huyck
Willard Huyck
Oscar-Nominated Screenwriter and Director (and one of our Study Abroad Film Festival Jurors!)
Faye Sahai
Faye Sahai
Global Head of Innovation and Digital Business Centers, AIG
David Muir
David Muir
ABC News Anchor and Correspondent
Sue Chen
Sue Chen
CEO, NOVA Medical Products

How will study abroad redefine your world? We can’t wait to find out. Explore the benefits of study abroad and apply today!

 

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