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Founded 1950
Headquarters Chicago, IL
Programs Worldwide 125+
IES Abroad Courses 1,200+
Countries 21
Cities 33
Alumni 100,000+
Distinguished Alumni
  • John Irving, Vienna '63-‘64 – author, The Cider House Rules, The World According to Garp, A Prayer for Owen Meany, et al.
  • Daniel Quinn, Vienna Spring ’55 – author, Ishmael
  • Janet Napolitano, London Spring ‘78 – Governor of Arizona 2003-2009, U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security, 2009-2013, President of the University of California system, 2013-Present
  • Mary Ann Peters, Paris '70-‘71 – Provost US Navy War College 2009-present, U.S. Ambassador to Bangladesh 2000-2003
  • Willard Huyck Jr, Paris '65-'66 - Screenwriter, director and producer. Created screenplay for American Graffiti and others
  • Thomas Tusher, Vienna '61-‘62 – former President and COO of Levi Strauss & Co.
  • Heather Richardson Higgins, Durham Fall '79 - President, Randolph Foundation, Political Commentator and Author
  • Dr. Donald R. Hopkins, Vienna '60-'61 - Vice President and Director of Programs at The Carter Center, MacArthur Fellow
  • Robert N. Fried, London Fall '79 - Producer, screenwriter, studio executive, and media entrepreneur. Film credits include Rudy, So I Married an Axe Murderer, Boondock Saints, and Collateral. Won 1992 Academy Award for short film Session Man
  • William G. "Bill" Durden, Freiburg Fall '69 - President of Dickinson College, 1999-2013
  • Seth Kugel, Paris Spring '91 - journalist, New York Times "Frugal Traveler," 2010-present
  • Richard Ryan, Vienna Spring '63 - former President and CEO of DeKalb Genetics
  • David Muir, Salamanca Spring '94 - Weekend Anchor, "World News with David Muir" Co-Anchor, "20/20"
  • Adam Namm, Paris '84-'84 - U.S. Ambassador to Ecuador 2011-present
School of Record University of Rochester
Student Body Demographics Ethnicity:
  • African American/Black: 3.5%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 6.1%
  • Caucasian: 71.5%
  • Did Not Supply Information: 5.2%
  • Hispanic: 5.5%
  • Multi-racial: 8.2%
  • Native American Indian: 0.1%

Year in School:

  • Freshman: .7%
  • Sophomore: 11.6%
  • Junior: 75.7%
  • Senior: 11.1%
  • Other: 1%
Minimum G.P.A

2.75 out of 4.0 for most semester programs

2.5 out of 4.0 for most summer programs

Financial Aid & Scholarships $4+ million in need- and merit-based aid
Yearly Student Enrollment 6,000+
Our Consortium 235+ colleges & universities
International Partner Universities 90+
Fun Firsts
  • First to appoint a Dean of Students
  • First to have a Diversity Initiative
  • First to offer Customized Programs
  • First to begin formalized program reviews to ensure academic excellence
  • First to conduct joint faculty seminars for U.S. and international faculty
  • First to publish an educational tool to evaluate study abroad programs, the IES Abroad MAP (Model Assessment Practice)
  • First to conduct a 50-year longitudinal alumni study of the impact of study abroad
  • First to conduct annual risk assessment audits and to adopt a statement of Ethical Principles
  • First to complete the Forum on Education Abroad’s Category 2A Quality Improvement Program (QUIP) review