Sustainable Living While Studying Abroad

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Whether you’re a long-time environmentalist or a budding recycler, interning or studying abroad offers you an opportunity to gain insight into how different communities approach sustainable living.

Environmental education goes beyond the classroom when you study abroad - Course-related trips, internships, and housing with local families and students are all ways that will show you eco-conscious innovations in action.

Students and staff share what “being green” looks like in these six locations:

Cape Town, South Africa

Correspondent Gwen Marquis shares how she is learning to curb excessive water use in her host city.

bikes in amsterdam
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Emily Radford gives practical tips in her blog to help you transition from biking newbie to cycling pro while studying abroad in Amsterdam.

kathleen blehl in milan
Milan, Italy

While studying abroad in Milan, Global Citizen of the Year Finalist Kathleen Blehl decided to live more sustainably both in the clothing she wore and the food she ate.

Vienna, Austria

Will Turett, Global Citizen of the Year Finalist, interned with two organizations while studying abroad in Vienna where he helped translate and share environmental research.

elizabeth couse in vauban, berlin
Freiburg, Germany

On her IES Abroad Blog, Elizabeth Couse shares what it's like to live in one of the world's greenest neighborhoods: Vauban.

Paris, France

Professor Alvira Artigas led his students on a walking tour of Clichy-Batignolles, Paris's growing eco-disctrict that utilizes urban farming and sustainable construction.


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No matter where you go, there are ways to reduce your environmental footprint. You can help make a difference by adapting these 10 habits while you travel


Ready to live sustainably and/or learn more about it while abroad? Find a program where you'll take classes in Environmental Studies & Sustainability or look for the best places to study abroad for the environmentally friendly.

Recent news & press

Feb 15 2:29pm

Congratulations to Our 2018 Global Citizen of the Year Award Winner & Finalists

by IES Abroad

We reviewed powerful and inspiring submissions from amazing students who studied abroad or interned with us this past year, but only one was named the 2018 Global Citizen of the Year.

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Feb 11 11:56am

Barcelona Faculty Member Annie Michie Receives Master Craftsman Award

by IES Abroad

We're proud of our faculty at each of our locations around the world, and we can’t help but get excited when they receive prestigious awards. 

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Feb 4 12:15pm

The Road to Love: How Study Abroad Brought Two Alumni Together Years After Madrid

by IES Abroad

Karen van Es and David Main never could have predicted what the spring of 1969 would hold when they chose to study abroad on the IES Abroad Madrid program. Read on to discover how their time in Spain affected their lives, and how their paths crossed again many years later, eventually leading to their marriage.

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Jan 31 3:05pm

Five Years After Study Abroad: IES Abroad Alum Grant Carney, Graduate Student

by IES Abroad

While studying abroad in Granada, Spain, Grant Carney (IES Abroad Granada, Spring 2014 | Kenyon College) immersed himself in the Spanish language and gained confidence in his speaking abilities. Read on to learn how this William E. and Mary M. Dwyer Endowed Scholarship recipient’s study abroad experience helped prepare him for the professional world.

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Jan 29 10:55am

Presenting our Photo Contest Winners

by IES Abroad

Studying abroad can mean one memorable moment after another, something our Fall 2018 students showed to be true. Check out the winners of IES Abroad's Fall 2018 Photo Contest!

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Jan 28 1:44pm

Announcing the Barbara A. Barker Vienna Summer Internship Scholarship

by IES Abroad

The Barbara A. Barker Vienna Summer Internship Diversity Scholarship provides financial assistance for underrepresented students.

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