An Org You Should Know: IES Abroad

It’s only fitting that the first study abroad company that I should profile is the very one that introduced me to my love of Italy specifically and travel in general – IES Abroad. IES Abroad just so happened to be one of the very few organizations that had a program in Milan – and the only one my university approved.  But if you are looking for a great, organized, well-established study abroad program, I’d highly recommend IES Abroad. Not only does IES operate in dozens of countries, but they also provide things like internships abroad, academic and diversity scholarships, and even blog (and vlog) hosting while you’re away!

Name: IES Abroad

Website: www.iesabroad.com

Twitter: @IESAbroad

Programs: Business and International Relations, Fine and Performing Arts, Science and Engineering, Communication and Media, Social and Behavioral Science, Language, Summer, Semester, January Term, Internships Abroad

Cost: Programs start at $3200 for January Term, $5500 for Summer, and $13000 for Spring, and $12000 for Fall – Don’t let those numbers scare you! IES Abroad has academic, need-based, program, legacy, and diversity scholarhips, grants, and discounts (also keep in mind that your tuition for your home institution is usually applied to that amount. At the end of the day I think I ended up paying $700 for my semester abroad experience.

Application Deadlines: To travel for the spring semester, deadlines are as early as October 1 through November 1 (so act now!). For summer and fall study abroad, deadlines begin in March.

Destinations: Tokyo, Rabat (Morocco), Cape Town, Amsterdam, Buenos Aires, Shanghai, Galapagos, Barcelona, Delhi, European Union, Christchurch (New Zealand), and about 20 more cities!

What sets IES Abroad Apart:

  • The ability to get an International Internship (I was a Communications Intern at the European School of Economics during my study abroad). It looks amazing on a resume; but really – the experience itself is amazing without even considering a resume.
  • Two students who met during my semester in Italy got married this summer (such a better story than “we met on eharmony”.)
  • The genius of a January Term! Short-term study abroad for those of you who have a January Term at your university.
  • Blog and video blog hosting – click here to read some of the latest posts from students currently at one of IESAbroad’s over 90 programs!

Check out this video to see how studying abroad with IESAbroad can redefine your life:

An Org You Should Know: NC4GE

If you’ll remember this post, you’ll remember that I took a special trip to Atlanta last week to help celebrate the campaign launch of an amazing organization, the National Center for Global Engagement (NC4GE).  So what would prompt me to take a spontaneous road trip just to attend this particular event? It’s hard to put into words, but when you really believe in something, you believe in its purpose, and you want to show your support (and you’re unemployed so you don’t have to call in ‘sick’), you just go. A lot of people asked me why I would go to Atlanta just for a day (less than 24 hours really), and if there was ever a reason to do it, NC4GE would be it.

I’ll save the story of how I found out about NC4GE and got involved with their cause for another day.  Today, I’ll just spend a minute letting you know about the organization, itself – and why you will probably hear about them on a grand scale in the very near future.  First check out this video from 2007 (Bardoli Global has now evolved into the K-12 portion of NC4GE):

NC4GE is an organization that provides access to educational, civic, and professional opportunities abroad to high-potential students of color who have the abilities, but who may not have the resources or exposure to do these things on their own.  It is more than just your typical study abroad company.  Although studying abroad plays a major role in the participant’s experience with NC4GE, their journey doesn’t stop there. In fact, it is merely the beginning – which really sets NC4GE apart.  Right now the highlight of the organization is the high school piece (yes this organization reaches you long before you get to college) which includes a summer study abroad, a service project related to their study abroad or professional interests, and an internship.  The study abroad experience is not only an opportunity to see the world and come home with thousands of photos and stories; it is an opportunity to come back to the U.S. with the determination to take something you learned and do something about it. People who go through NC4GE can honestly say “study abroad changed my life.”  Currently they have sent high school students in the Houston, Atlanta, and Charlotte, NC metro areas abroad through this program.  I can only imagine how many more cities will be added to that list in the next few years given the determination, passion, and sheer ingenuity of the people behind NC4GE. 

There is so much more I can say about NC4GE so I’m thinking this may have to be a multi-part post before it gets too long. The next post will be all about last week’s event. Hopefully I’ll be able to find some pictures.  To learn more about the National Center for Global Engagement, visit their website or follow them on twitter – they can express their mission much better than I!