Cultivating and celebrating diversity has been one of our core values since the founding of IES Abroad in 1950. From being one of the first study abroad providers to partner with HBCUs in the 1960s to launching our Initiative to Diversify Education Abroad (IDEA) in 2008, we’ve prioritized diversifying our field again and again.
To us, diversifying study abroad is more than a range of faces on a catalog.
It’s dreaming of a world where difference is celebrated. A world where people who look, think, act, feel, talk, move, believe, and love in many different ways join together in a shared understanding that our differences can be what unites us. That they are what make us stronger, kinder, better people. We are actively creating this world, one study abroad journey at a time.
Celebrating 10 Years of the IDEA Initiative
In 2018, we proudly mark the first 10 years of our IDEA Initiative: an innovative, sustained access and diversity effort that has inspired 10,000+ multifaceted students to study abroad and intern around the world. What we set in motion was rare in our field a decade ago. By answering our own call to action with intentionality, resources, and a willingness to walk a road less traveled, IES Abroad has ushered thousands of new stories of global education.
Join us in celebrating this milestone and a #worldofdifference as we share stories of students from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups, members of the LGBTQ+ community, first generation college students, young adults with a history of overcoming diversity, and more. Have a story to tell? Share your study abroad journey with us.