That’s a Wrap: Our Best Articles of 2018

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We get it, 2018 was a busy year and now it is time to relax. But what’s a better use of your downtime than planning your study abroad adventure of a lifetime? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Check out 18 of our best, and most helpful, articles in 2018 from IES Abroad student Ambassadors, Correspondents, and staff.  

Ending the Excuses

The experiences, memories, and friendships abroad are just the beginning. Check out the awesome career benefits of studying abroad. Did you know nearly three quarters of IES Abroad alumni secured their first job within two months of graduation?

Whether you're diving head-first into a new cuisine, living gluten-free, or just a bit picky, our bloggers are serving up foodie tips just for you.

Our Engineering programs in Spain, China, and France means that you, YES YOU, can study abroad. We dispel the four biggest myths that Engineering students can't study abroad.

Financing study abroad can feel daunting, but don’t fret! We've got 15 tips to help you save money for the adventure of your life.

Diving into the Student Experience

What if your study abroad love story started with a person, but ended with a place? Correspondent of the Year, Emily Churchill, embraces all her feelings abroad and takes you along for the ride.

Yesenia Ayala’s personal experience as a Latina, first-generation college student ignited a passion and a purpose to help low-income students of color, at home and abroad, have access to higher education. Yesenia was named our Global Citizen of the Year and shares her inspiring story with us.

Out of a record 96 submissions, a student-produced song and film won the 2018 IES Abroad Study Abroad Film Fest. Watch the winning music video for some major inspiration!

Lydia Carr describes her identity as “unique, unusual, and authentic.” Hear how her identity influenced her abroad, and how her experience in London made a world of difference.

Preparing for the Adventure

We released lists of the best places to study abroad, including our latest: 9 Best Places to Study Spanish Abroad. Check them out!

With gift-giving season upon us, our student Ambassadors tell us their must-have study abroad items that should be on your wish lists! Trust us, you will want these to take with you on your next adventure.

How do you know which housing option will be the best home for you abroad? Previous students reflect on their choices to help you choose.

Stories from study abroad returnees can be extremely helpful when planning for study abroad, but only if you know the right questions to ask! Here are 68 questions that will give you more than “it was great.”

Making the Most of Study Abroad

Our Spring 2018 Correspondent Tori was, well, shocked to experience culture shock in London. Read her tips on adjustment and acceptance through the struggles.

IES Abroad Ambassadors weigh in with their advice for balancing long-distance relationships while studying abroad.

Study abroad is still real life, which means taking time for yourself is important. Self-care is different for everyone, but our Ambassadors give their unique tips on how to care for yourself while abroad.

The best things in life are free…and waiting in your host city! The IES Abroad Ambassadors overwhelmingly agreed that this one free thing was the best to do abroad.

From Amsterdam to Tokyo, our Correspondents open up in their blogs about unique challenges and opportunities surrounding their identities abroad.

Brushing up on your language skills doesn’t necessarily need to happen in a classroom. Check out the 20 techniques to help you maintain and improve language skills.

Are you ready to make your study abroad resolution a reality? Check out the Program Finder to start your search for your perfect program based on location, length, and area of study.

Recent news & press

Jun 19 9:00am

From Barcelona to a Career in Radio—Alum of the Month Bennett Wakenight

by IES Abroad

Meet Bennett Wakenight (IES Abroad Barcelona, Spring 2014), Executive Producer at WGN Radio in Chicago. Read on to learn how study abroad impacted Bennett's ability to look at stories from a different angle, and his full-circle moment when IES Abroad President and CEO Mary Dwyer was featured on WGN Radio’s morning business show, “The Opening Bell with Steve Grzanich” last month.

Jun 7 2:44pm

Words of Wisdom from IES Abroad Dads

by IES Abroad

For every corny but loveable dad joke out there is a gem of fatherly advice, and the fathers at IES Abroad can prove it.

Jun 6 4:12pm

Abby Baric Receives PR Talent's 30 Under 30 Award

by IES Abroad

Congratulations to IES Abroad Senior Communications Manager Abby Baric for being named one of Publicity Club of Chicago's 30 Under 30, a prestigious award that's designed to recognize the young rock stars of the public relations industry.

May 21 4:15pm

Introducing Our Summer 2019 Student Correspondents

by IES Abroad

We’re excited to have 29 IES Abroad Correspondents sharing their writing, photography, video, and other creative projects with us in Summer 2019.

May 9 9:13pm

"The Company Helping to Give Generations a Global Perspective": IES Abroad President & CEO Interviewed on WGN Radio Chicago

by IES Abroad

IES Abroad President & CEO Mary M. Dwyer, Ph.D., discussed all-things study abroad on WGN Radio's “The Opening Bell with Steve Grzanich”.

May 8 11:11am

10 Study Abroad Instagram Photos from March & April 2019

by IES Abroad

These Instagram photos will make you want to spring forward into study abroad!