IEP - International Education Programs at Jacksonville University - offers affordable and immersive study, volunteer, service-learning and internship programs in over 20 countries throughout Latin America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Oceania. IEP academic and internship/volunteer programs offer experiences for a wide variety of majors and include direct-enrollment programs at large prestigious universities abroad, center-based culture and development studies, and customized internships in everything from Banking in London to Women’s Empowerment in India.
Ask us how you can go abroad while fulfilling major requirements and gaining invaluable experience.
Traveling overseas is a process that begins long before the plane ride. International Education Programs is committed to working with students individually through the decision-making process as they select and prepare for a study, internship or volunteer program. The bullet points below highlight 10 reasons why students have chosen IEP.
This body at Jacksonville University reviews each foreign institution and study program carefully to ensure that academic integrity and standards are upheld in each location. The committee carefully reviews the quality of the institution, courses, and faculty members before approving the program or site. The Study Abroad Advisory Committee is composed of the Dean of Arts and Sciences - Dr. Douglas Hazzard, Dr Janet Haavisto - Professor of English/Director of Honors, Dr. Carole Barnett - Professor of Humanities, Dr. Michelle Evans - Professor of Nursing/Director of Nursing Graduate Program, Dr. Mohamad Sepehri - Professor of Management, Ginger Sheridan - Associate Professor of Photography, Kelly Marton - Director of Study Abroad, Ginny Garzon - Associate Director of Study Abroad.
For more than eight years at Jacksonville University, IEP has partnered with prestigious foreign institutions that share our vision of making study abroad affordable and accessible to students with a variety of backgrounds and skills, while emphasizing immersion and never sacrificing quality. Our experience and reputation in the field of education abroad have awarded excellent opportunities to students from Jacksonville University and all eligible students meeting standards equivalent to Jacksonville University and our partner institutions. For a list of academic institutions abroad with which IEP partners, please click here.
IEP also partners with U.S. colleges and universities to offer quality programs more directly to students of the home institution, streamline enrollment and billing processes, and enhance outreach on the home campus. Partnership agreements include IEP staff representation on campus, customized program opportunities and scholarship contributions on behalf of IEP to the chosen office or scholarship fund. Please contact us for a current list of U.S. institutional partners.
IEP counts on dedicated and experienced staff both in the U.S. and abroad to provide the highest quality international programming for each student, intern, and volunteer. From the students' initial point of inquiry to long after their safe return, IEP staff are knowledgeable, helpful and friendly so that all participants have a smooth transition overseas and the most rewarding experience possible.
All of our U.S. staff have studied abroad themselves, and all foreign-based staff are local experts in supporting students, ensuring health and safety, and promoting rewarding cultural exchange. For more information about our staff, click here.
IEP offers summer, semester, academic year, multi-country, and alternative spring break academic programs in over 20 countries. We provide quality international academic and cultural immersion experiences at prestigious institutions of higher education.
IEP's exceptional programming and support is personalized for each student, whether they are interested in developing language skills, immersing themselves in another culture, or earning credit towards their degree. Read more about Study Abroad programs to start exploring options for international study.
Customized internship and volunteer abroad opportunities offered by IEP allow students and recent graduates to focus their academic studies, gain relevant work experience, and immerse themselves in the workplace and society of a foreign country. Service-learning and volunteer abroad opportunities in developing countries around the globe provide students with intercultural experiences and opportunities for meaningful travel.
Read the Why Choose IEP section above and find out why students from over 200 universities have participated on IEP programs.
IEP - International Education Programs at Jacksonville University - promotes global experiences by engaging students and faculty in study, internship and volunteer programs that will expose them to other countries, cultures, languages and people.
IEP promotes cultural immersion through challenging study programs, relevant internship placements, and life-changing service learning opportunities in 6 different continents around the world. Our number one priority is to consistently offer the support services and resources that enable participants to immerse in the local culture, contribute to the local community, and learn more about themselves and the world through their travel experiences. IEP programs cater to individual student needs based on desired length of stay, language competency, location, and academic discipline.
Most academic majors can earn a full semester or academic year’s worth of credit that will count towards their degree. When evaluating what country to study abroad in, course options may be a consideration. The credits may transfer back as pass/fail, electives, upper division credits within any given major, or core curriculum/general education hours.
Language is a powerful tool that shapes the way that we view the world. The ability to speak more than one language is a highly valuable skill for a student’s professional and personal life. Organizations worldwide give preference to qualified applicants who are are skilled in a foreign language. Equally important, foreign language adquisition enriches a person's understanding of his or her own native language. Many recent graduates also find our language programs are an excellent way to broaden their perspectives and skillsets prior to entering the working world.
Studying abroad is an incredible way to gain real world experience in a particular academic field or future profession. For example, international business majors can learn more about global markets simply by shopping in downtown London or Bangkok. Marine biology majors can observe marine life in Australia or in the Galapagos Islands that cannot even be found anywhere in the United States! Or Spanish majors and minors can earn Spanish language credits while practicing conversation with their host family or roommates in Hispanic America or Spain. What could you learn by studying abroad?
Study abroad programs give students the out-of-classroom exposure to cultures, language, environments, people groups, ideas, and traditions that they may not otherwise have an opportunity to experience in their hometown. Ask us to put you in contact with a past participant so you have a better idea of what to expect.
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Jacksonville University (JU) is a four-year private, comprehensive university situated in an idyllic setting on the banks of the St. Johns River in Jacksonville, Florida. With a balanced approach to co-educational higher education, JU combines the best attributes of the liberal arts and sciences tradition with professional studies. All IEP study abroad programs are accredited by JU.