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Institute for the International Education of Students

The Institute for the International Education of Students, or IES Abroad, is a non-profit study abroad organization that administers study abroad programs for U.S. college-aged students. Founded in 1950 as the Institute for European Studies, the organization has since been renamed to reflect additional offerings in Africa, Asia, Australia, New Zealand, and South America. The organization now provides nearly 100 programs in 34 different cities. Over 80,000 students have studied abroad on IES Abroad programs since its founding, with more than 5,000 students studying abroad each year.

IES Abroad is recognized for its Academic Consortium, composed of over 185 high-quality academic institutions. In addition, IES Abroad offers up to $2.5 million in scholarships to help finance qualified students abroad. In accordance with its mission and vision statement, IES Abroad provides "the highest quality education" and highlights cultural immersion through the use of homestays and field trips to “[1] the development of interculturally-competent leaders.” IES Abroad’s services include pre-departure advising, visa assistance, alumni mentors, and safety plans at Centers abroad. IES Abroad has a diversity initiative and a green initiative.

IES Abroad’s current marketing campaign is based around the concept of “your World [2].” IES Abroad markets study abroad as a typical college experience, redefined by one's new geographic location. Students are encouraged to submit photos of how study abroad has [3] them.

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