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