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Fact Sheet:
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Academic Level: Junior, Senior, Sophomore Language(s) of Instruction: English, Other (non-English)
Area(s) of Study: Anthropology, Art History, Cross-cultural and Global Studies, Digital Media Studies, Finance, Foreign Language, General Business, History, Literature, Management, Psychology, Public Service Leadership, Sociology Minimum GPA: 2.75
Open to Non-UHCL Applicants: Yes
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iES Abroad - Virtual World DiscoverIES

Program Overview

Get credit and a global education this summer on IES Abroad's innovative, six-week Virtual World DiscoverIES program.

This isn’t just your average, online summer school. Picture this: Studying Business Ethics with a professor in London one day, Japanese Pop Culture from a faculty member in Tokyo the next, and weekend plans to connect with your new classmates on Zoom…all from the comfort of your home this summer. At the end of the program, you’ll receive an IES Abroad transcript or can elect for an official transcript from IES Abroad's school of record, the University of Rochester.

What to Expect?

  • Gain international experience while sticking to your four-year plan - earn college credit by taking one or two 3-credit courses
  • Explore topics through IES Abroad's top-reviewed courses taught by world-class professors from across the globe
  • Plan your itinerary - build a course schedule that fits with your schedule
  • Learn the local language - hone your skills with Rosetta Stone language-learning software access (included with your enrollment)
  • Build an international network - make lasting relationships with classmates and your professors
  • Gain real-life experience - working and collaborating virtually is extremely valuable in our globalized economy
  • Get a credit towards a future IES Abroad study or internship abroad program - $1,000 for a semester or $500 for summer

Student Life

A major benefit of studying abroad is making friends and connections with people from all over the world, right? And you might think that online summer courses are not where you go to make friends…but you can! In addition to connecting with IES Abroad's U.S. and international staff and faculty, IES Abroad is also making it easy to connect with other students who are taking this online summer course alongside you from somewhere else in the world. Join extracurricular activities with the IES Abroad Virtual World DiscoverIES community throughout the duration of the course.

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Discount for a Future Term Abroad

As extra motivation to study abroad IRL, students who participate in the Virtual World DiscoverIES program will receive $1,000 off a future IES Abroad fall or spring semester-length program or $500 off a future summer program. To learn more about additional funding opportunities for future on-site study abroad programs from both IES Abroad and outside resources, visit our comprehensive Scholarships & Aid page.

The IES Abroad Difference

We can say that our academic standards are completely unmatched, our partnerships with more than 500 global universities and colleges speak to the quality of our programs, and our health and safety practices have set the standards for the entire field of study abroad. And all of that would be true…. But what really sets us apart is 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.

  • 130+ Award-Winning Study Abroad and Internship Programs
  • 30+ Global Locations
  • Advising & Student Support from predeparture to after you return home
  • Strong Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion
  • Millions in Scholarships and Aid
  • Passionate, Mission-Focused Staff and Faculty from our headquarters in Chicago to our Centers around the world
  • 70 Years of Experience

About IES Abroad

Founded in 1950, IES Abroad is a not-for-profit academic consortium of more than 260 top-tier American colleges and universities, with more than 240 additional partner universities worldwide. IES Abroad provides premier study abroad and internship programs around the world through IES Abroad, IES Internships, IES Abroad Customized & Faculty-Led Programs, and The Study Abroad Foundation. With more than 400 study abroad programs in 85 locations worldwide, the organization creates authentic global education opportunities for thousands of students annually. IES Abroad has nearly 140,000 alumni who have benefited from studying in IES Abroad programs since its inception. 

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Dates / Deadlines:
Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer 2024 03/01/2024 03/01/2024 TBA TBA