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Study abroad is more than going from here to there. It’s an exhilarating challenge of academic and cultural immersion, plus a whole lot of fun. At IES Abroad we’re committed to offering you incredible international experiences that set you up for success before, during, and after studying abroad. Learn more about how we do study abroad, differently.

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 while studying abroad, 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.

When you study abroad with us, you have the option to:
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Depending on which study abroad program you choose, you can take courses 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. Course options at prestigious local universities enhance not just what you learn, but how you learn it, and provide you with new perspectives 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.

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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.

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Many of our study abroad 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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How to Study Abroad

From application to airplane and all the way back, we’re here to take the mystery out of how to study abroad.

Start with research of your college or universities study abroad policies, available scholarships, and study abroad programs. As questions come up along the way, our IES Abroad Representatives are here for you. Before you know it, you’ll be ready to apply for your potentially life-changing study abroad adventure.

Choosing to study abroad can be a huge decision, but we firmly believe it’s one worth making. Browse our guide of resources including virtual tours, student blogs, course syllabi, and more to help you make the most informed decision.

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What’s Included

When you choose to study abroad on an IES Abroad program, you get the full deal: personal advising before you go, access to stellar academic opportunities, options to travel on field trips, guaranteed housing, and health and safety support.

Whether you’re going to Barcelona or Buenos Aires, we’re committed to providing superior academic and student support services every step of the way.

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Why Study Abroad?

At least one reason to pursue a Bachelor’s degree is to launch your career. Did you know study abroad can help you do just that? Study abroad is not a vacation from your education, it’s a chance to expand, explore, and develop long-lasting personal and professional skills.

For more than 50 years, IES Abroad has researched the practical outcomes of study abroad. Time and again, the career benefits of study abroad have proven especially substantial. Increase your hireability, secure a job more quickly after graduation, and more when you study abroad.

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Want to talk to someone who studied abroad?

Past program participants volunteer to talk with you about their IES Abroad experience. Search for an Ambassador to contact for advice and insight.

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