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Anyone can go from here to there. But for us, study abroad is about the journey we create—an exhilarating challenge of academic and cultural immersion, plus a whole lot of fun. Learn more about the IES Abroad Difference.

What is Study Abroad?

College study abroad is your chance to live and study in another country while earning college credit. Whether you choose to spend a semester, summer, or year studying abroad, your IES Abroad courses and experiential learning opportunities—think internships, service learning placements, field trips, and more—are designed to immerse you into the local culture. Because with us, the world is your classroom.

Our study abroad programs allow you to choose courses based on your area of study and where you want to travel. Other details, like your housing, field trips, and on-site support are all built into the program. Learn more about what’s included in our study abroad programs.


Take Courses

Depending on which program you choose, your courses could be offered at our Centers abroad, a local partner university, or possibly both. At our Centers, we hand pick the best faculty to teach courses specifically to IES Abroad students through a local context. Here, you’ll sit amongst students from colleges and universities all over the United States as you explore topics such as language, culture, Business, Architecture, and more. Course options at prestigious local universities enhance not just what you learn, but how you learn it, and provide you with new perspectives each day in class as you join local and international students alike. Direct Enrollment programs provide you with the opportunity to take all of your courses at a partner university.

When you study abroad with us, you have the option to:

Take Courses and Do a Part-Time Internship

Complement your study abroad courses with a for-credit internship and academic seminar as one of your elective courses. With a part-time study abroad internship, you gain hands-on experience and deeper insight into the local professional culture. This experience is not only valuable to your study abroad adventure, but to you career as well.


Take Courses and Participate in a Part-Time Service Learning Placement

Many of our programs offer service learning placements and accompanying academic seminars as one of your elective courses. Our programs with a service learning component combine coursework with volunteer work so you can give back to the local community while you develop professional and personal skills.



“When you study abroad, you gain extensive insight into yourself, your host culture, and the world. Nothing makes learning so fun.”

Ben (Trinity University | IES Abroad European Union)

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Why Study Abroad with IES Abroad

As a not-for-profit study abroad provider with more than 65 years of experience, everything we do is about the IES Abroad student.

From staff who support you every step of the way to $5 million in scholarships and aid, your study abroad success is our number one priority.

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We have 500+ past program participants who volunteer to talk with you about their IES Abroad experience. Search for an Ambassador to contact for advice and insight.

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