Begin Your Journey as a Sponsor Today.

A student's journey while studying or interning abroad is an education like none other. It is a time for personal transformation, professional development, and understanding other worldviews. This journey is one that has lasting impact over a lifetime. But for many students today, the extra expenses associated with a global education are insurmountable. You have the power to change that. Through our new Sponsor a Student program, you can invest in a student and see your gift in action. You'll be paired directly with a student whose journey you can follow from take-off to return. By sponsoring a student with demonstrated financial need, you are ensuring she or he receives the support needed to embark on a journey abroad—and you will see first-hand the impact of your gift on the life of a student!

What to Expect as a Sponsor:

Choose a Giving Level

  • $1,000 Fly-Away travel grant to apply toward international airfare, visa and passport fees
  • $1,500 Work Wonders scholarship for a full-time, credit-bearing summer internship abroad
  • $2,500 Tipping Point scholarship to tip the financial scale in favor of a semester abroad
  • $5,000 Special Envoy critical scholarship for a semester student with high financial need

Start Your Sponsorship

Visit to begin your journey as a sponsor, or contact the IES Abroad Advancement Office at 312.944.1750 or

IES Abroad is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization. Your gift is tax-deductible to the extent allowed by law.