About IES Abroad

the first cohort of IES Abroad students in Vienna, 1950

We were founded in 1950.

IES Abroad was founded in 1950 by three study abroad students, and all this was happening by boat in those days. Back then, we were known as the Institute of European Studies; now, we're IES Abroad: Institute for the International Education of Students.

a view of snowcapped mountains from inside a tent in New Zealand

We offer study abroad and internship programs in destinations around the world.

We offer semester and summer study abroad and part-time, full-time, and remote internships to students like you from partner schools like yours across the United States.

three students are standing in front of a building in Granada, Spain

We're proud that our students are as diverse as the countries where they study abroad and intern.

We're committed to maintain a diverse and inclusive workforce and student body and providing the resources you need to feel the most “you” while you’re in a new place.

student on an Environmental Studies & Sustainability course looking at a leaf with a magnifying glass

We’re putting sustainability on the map.

The goal of our Global Good Commitment is to ensure that we are doing all that we can to be an active participant in bettering the world. We are conscious that our actions are interconnected and have impact, and we know that this is a continuous journey towards change.

Male student smiling big in Madrid

We plan for "what if" so you don't have to.

We put a huge emphasis on health and safety. We have the U.S. and overseas Crisis Management Team, Student Affairs squad, and 70+ years of expertise to back it up.

a student doing a "rock on" hand sign in front of a Barcelona city overlook

We put students first in all we do.

At IES Abroad, we're proud to be different. But you know what really sets us apart? Our commitment to you. As a not-for-profit study abroad and internship provider, you are our bottom line. Your success is our success. And in today’s world, that’s a pretty extraordinary thing.

Next Steps

Use Our Program Finder
Our program finder will help you explore which program(s) fits your interests, major, and credit needs.
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Apply for Scholarships & Aid
Submit an application, and we'll let you know which of our scholarship and aid options you qualify for.
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Create an Account
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Renew Your Passport
Even if you’re not sure where or when you want to go, we recommend applying for or renewing one as soon as you can.
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Apply for a Program
Apply for a program if you’re at the point where you’re ready to take the leap and go abroad within the next year.
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Tell the World Your Story

We figured there's no one better to tell the story of study abroad than our phenomenal students, so in 2014 we launched our Study Abroad Film Festival (the first in the industry of its kind!), which asks students to capture the spirit of study abroad—both what it meant to them, and how it redefined their world.

Discover Our Film Festival