Study Abroad Foundation (SAF) is thrilled to announce that IES Abroad has been selected as finalists for not one, but two GoAbroad Innovation Awards! These nominations acknowledge a longstanding commitment to providing exceptional service to students around the world, and innovation in study abroad experiences.
As a division of IES Abroad, SAF is privileged to be part of such a visionary organization which has been recognized many times before by the awards for its dedication to creating transformative academic experiences abroad.
That pursuit of excellence is reflected in IES Abroad's nomination for the "People's Choice" Award, which honors the top international education organization for staying true to its mission of providing valuable learning opportunities. From quality academic programming to rigorous health and safety practices which have protected students throughout a global pandemic, IES Abroad has demonstrated the highest standards of service to its learners and schools.
To be selected as a finalist for the “People’s Choice” Award – the most prestigious award in the field of international education – is testament to the continued efforts and outstanding achievements of IES Abroad.
Our parent company has also been selected as a finalist for the category of "Innovative Student Video", an award that shines a light on the creativity and personal expression of international students.
This year, Clarence Lilley – a business student from Indiana University and alumni of IES Abroad Milan – submitted the film "Not My Life", a playful vlog-style exploration which documented their experiences during a semester abroad in Italy during Fall 2021.
Voting for both award categories is open to the public throughout May, and we are eagerly anticipating the announcement of the winners at the GoAbroad reception at the 2023 NAFSA Annual Conference in Washington, D.C. later this year.
Meanwhile, IES Abroad's new website was honored for “Best Website Navigation/Structure” at the 27th Annual Webby Awards. Every year, the Webby Awards celebrate excellence on the internet and it is a rare and special opportunity for IES Abroad to have been selected from nearly 14,000 entries in this category.
The new website was launched in January 2023, and was rebuilt with the organization's web partner, FFW. The upgraded platform improved accessibility and navigation, revamped visuals and page layouts, and better captured the benefits of study abroad. This upgrade better serves our students, their parents, and the organization's schools – a boon in our mission to continually offer experiences that broaden horizons and deepen knowledge.
It is a tremendous source of pride for SAF that our parent company has been recognized at such a high level, cementing their place as a leader in the field of international education. We are deeply grateful to be part of an organization that values progress and greatness, and we continue to strive towards the same shared goal of providing the best possible opportunities for our students.