We Did It, Again! IES Abroad Recognized As a Top Study Abroad Provider

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IES Abroad
January 15, 2020

The students have spoken and ranked us at the top! Based on thousands of student reviews, we were just named the Overall Best Study Abroad Provider of 2019 for Go Overseas, and one of GoAbroad.com's Top-Rated Organizations for 2019—the only provider to be honored for the top award on both lists!

What does that mean? It means we've been recognized, yet again, for our rigorously academic, culturally immersive, and super fun (obviously) study abroad programs

What's really amazing about these awards is that our win is determined by students' reviews, which says a lot about the value our students place on their experiences overseas with IES Abroad.

Not to brag, but, this is the second year in a row that we’ve won the GoOverseas Overall Best Study Abroad Provider award, and the third (yes, third!) time we've been recognized by GoAbroad.com as a top-rated study abroad organization. 

Go Overseas 

To choose the Overall Best Study Abroad Provider for their Community Choice Awards, Go Overseas looked at every program review posted on their site between January 1, 2019 and December 31, 2019. To determine the winner, they averaged the student rankings that each study abroad provider received across their programs in five categories: academics, support, fun, housing, and safety. Guess who was a top performer in each category?

It's true, we have the most positive reviews on the Go Overseas website (130 reviews total to be exact). Why? Well, our number one priority is YOU (the student) and we're incredibly proud of the quality of our programs that our faculty and staff deliver to ensure you have the best study abroad experience possible.


The selection process for the GoAbroad.com Top Rated Organization award is based on both quantity of reviews collected and overall ratings, as well as other measures of quality and participant satisfaction. All reviews counted were published in the 2019 calendar year and, again, we had some of the most positive student reviews (136 total student reviews) across our programs on the GoAbroad.com website. 

Don't just take our word for it, hear it directly from the students who have participated in our top-quality programs firsthand:

Isabel - IES Abroad Nice

"IES Abroad Nice was one of the best decisions I have made in my life! I got super close with all of the other students as well as the director of the program, and look forward to returning to Nice very soon!"

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James - IES Abroad Milan

"The opportunity to study abroad in Milan brought about the most joyous 3 months of my life. From the delicious food to the beautiful fashion, Milan's unique charm was unmatched. Having never traveled internationally prior to studying abroad, I was nervous that the culture shock would affect me. Thankfully enough, the IES staff made the process of cultural immersion incredibly easy and entertaining. Whether it be the program sponsored trips, or the relationships developed with CA's and professors, the IES Milan program pushed me out of my comfort zone, and as a result left me with memories that I'll cherish for the rest of my life."

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Jovanna - IES Abroad European Union

"I had an amazing time while studying abroad in Freiburg, Germany! I absolutely loved the faculty and staff at this location. They were very supportive and inclusive to students of color and the unique struggles that they may experience abroad. If you're thinking of studying abroad, I strongly encourage choosing this program!"

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Kyle - IES Abroad London

"My time with IES Abroad in London was an absolutely and unbelievably rewarding experience. First of all, I was not expecting to enjoy the classes I took as much as I did, but I swiftly fell in love with the curriculum and educators. Among my courses, two that stood out were British Youth Culture with Richard Weight and Architecture of London with Jon Wright. These two educators are incredibly intuitive, experienced, and above all, caring."

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John - IES Abroad Shanghai

"I had a wonderful experience in Shanghai with IES Abroad. The excellent staff were part of what makes this program so wonderful. You have plenty of time to travel independently and explore Shanghai, but there are also excursions with the cohort that immerse you in Chinese culture and help you bond with each other."

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Sol - IES Internships Rome

"While interning in Rome, I was able to attend networking events and meet professionals from all over the world. Overall the people working for IES Abroad are what really makes this program great! Without them, I would have never experienced something as phenomenal as this. If you're looking for your chance to elevate yourself professionally, definitely come and see what the world has to offer you!"

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Isabella - IES Abroad Santiago

"I got 60 hours of hospital observation, including seeing many surgeries and the birth of a baby! All of my experiences in the hospital were completely in Spanish, which made it very intimidating at first. However, by the end I could understand everything happening around me and I loved it! The IES Abroad center staff was so kind and genuinely cared that we had a great time, and I loved my host family. The city of Santiago now feels like a second home to me, and I can't wait to go back some day. I would recommend this program to anyone who wants to improve their Spanish, learn about medicine, and have a summer full of adventure!"

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Allison - IES Abroad Cape Town

"The city, school, and program completely exceeded my expectations and I could not have asked for a better semester. If I hadn’t been a senior, I would’ve extended my time in Cape Town for a second semester. The IES Cape Town staff went above and beyond for their students. They planned several fun activities and field trips throughout the entire semester so we were really able to experience everything. The RAs were also extremely helpful and involved. They showed us around the school, helped us set up our phones, schedule doctors appointments, etc. Cape Town is the perfect city for study abroad because there are so many different things to do and see."

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To hear more of our students' experiences first-hand, check out our Correspondent blogs

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