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ACES Internship- Global Experiences
Barcelona, Spain; Dublin, Ireland; London, United Kingdom; Sydney, Australia (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms: Summer Study Tour
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ACES Global Experiences

Summer Internship and Study Abroad 

Barcelona, Spain; Sydney, Australia; Dublin, Ireland; London, England



Gain the professional experience you need to get hired by completing an internship abroad next summer. The Illinois Global Internship programs in Barcelona, Dublin, London, or Syndey offers 8 to 10-week full-time internship placements in nearly every career field. 

The Illinois Global Internship program is administered by Illinois’ partner provider - Global Experiences. Over the past 13 years, Global Experiences has successfully placed over 4,000 globally engaged students with businesses and organizations around the world. Participants receive personalized career coaching based on the Clifton StrenghtsFinder® and round the clock support throughout their experience.

Location Options (pick 1):
  • Barcelona- Located on the coast of the Mediterranean Sea, Barcelona is famous for its colorful architecture, amazing food, and welcoming people. With its unique characteristics, it is no surprise that Barcelona is consistently ranked as as one of the world’s top 10 tourist destinations. Millions flock to the sandy coasts each year to indulge in the Spanish culture of living life to the fullest.                                                                                                                                                    
  • Sydney- Sydney, while not the capital of Australia, is the financial and economic center, hands down. In fact, its local economy has performed so well that its citizens are the second most prosperous in the entire world relative to the local cost of living. In addition to a great tourism industry that caters to adventure and nature lovers, Sydney is also home to wonderful opportunities in the areas of business, real estate, arts/entertainment, manufacturing, banking, education, politics, and law.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            
  • Dublin- Rich in Irish culture and history, Dublin is an international city bustling with people from all over the world and home to numerous multinational companies offering terrific internship opportunities. It is within close proximity to the rest of Europe for your weekend travels. Dublin is a unique mixture of both old and new with ancient castles alongside modern architecture and colorful doorways on top of cobblestone streets. Once you experience the majesty of Dublin's beauty, you will understand why so many artists, authors, and musicians have called it home.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
  • London- London has a unique reputation as a center for global finance, fashion, and media that continue to make it a top choice for interns from U.S. colleges and universities. Interns are rarely disappointed by the combination of meaningful and exciting internship experiences and a thriving, multicultural city with easy access to weekends in continental Europe and the Mediterranean. 
  • Passport valid for 6 months after program dates with at least two blank visa pages.
  • Visa may be required. 
  • Students must have completed the basic ACES requirements,  show a strong commitment to academic achievement, and be in good standing with the College of ACES.
  • GPA: 3.0/4.0  
  • ACES Students looking for an internship related to business, NGO's and are encouraged to apply. NON-ACES STUDENTS may apply through this application page.


No second language background is required.

ACES students can receive 3 credits of ACES 293, International Internship during the spring before they travel. Non-ACES Students are also eligible for ACES 293, but may prefer internship credit from their College, which can be requested.

Pre-Departure Course, LAS 291/292- 1 credit 
Students must register themselves in LAS 291 in the semester prior to departure of their program. This is a required on-campus pre-departure (S/U graded) course. Completion of this course will result in the automatic enrollment of LAS 292, a required in-country course which continues through the semester you return to campus and is a 1 credit (letter graded) course.

Internship Environment

Guaranteed Internship
Acceptance into the program GE guarantees you an internship within your field.  By working directly with the host employers to communicate your qualifications, interests, goals, and strengths, they will find you the best possible internship placement.  GE has had a 100% placement success rate for over 10 years.

Phase Career Development
Before, during, and after the internship program you will receive professional career developement to prepare you for the internship and your career after university.  All participants work with a program advisor to establish career objectives, discuss industry trends, receive personal resume and cover letter training, and interview preparation.  Through GE's partnership with Gallup, you wil have access to the Clifton StrengthsFinder assessment to learn your top five Strengths within the workplace.  During the program the career development continues with unique coaching and hands-on events to give you an edge in your future career.

Personalized Support
Starting from the first phone call, GE will work with you one-on-one to learn about your personal interests and career objectives.  The Program Advisors will provide visa support, pre-departure information, and will answer any questions through phone calls and a series of webinars.
Social Events and Excursions
City-specific events and excursions to help you foster new relationships with other interns and enjoy all that your host city has to offer have been planned.  Social events may range from trekking through the Blue Mountains in Sydney or visiting the ancient site of Stonehenge in London.

Onsite Support
In each location, GE has local staff who are there to ensure that all aspects of the program are fulfilled for each participant.  The Location Coordinators live in that city year-round and can provide you with real insider's advice about local customs, the langauge, places to see, and where to shop.  The Local Coordinators are in daily communication with GE's home office in Annapolis, MD, so you know all of our staff is updated on your internship and time abroad.


Shared room in an apartment with other Global Experience participants, international students or apartment landlord. You will have access to the public transportation. 

Shared room in a student residence with other Global Experience participants. All accommodations are fully furnished with a communal kitchen and laundry facilities. The residence is within distance to public transportation, cafes, and shops.

Shared room in a student residence (apartment style) with other Global Experience participants downtown. Alternatively, a single room in a shared residence on a college campus 15 minute bus ride from downtown. All accommodations are fully furnished with a communal kitchen and laundry facilities. The residence is within walking distance to public transportation and easy access to stores, pubs, and restaurants.

Single room within a shared suite in a student residence with other Global Experience participants. Accommodations are close to public transportation, shops, and restaurants.

Each program option listed above has a different Global Experience fee as outlined:

Global Experience Program Fees
Barcelona, Spain Sydney, Australia Dublin, Ireland London, U.K.
$7,490 $8,490 $6,490 $7,490
These fees are combined with the ACES program fee listed on the "Budget Sheets" link above where you will find a listing of all other fees associated with the program.    Please read through the Unofficial Budget information.  All students should be aware that once they are accepted and commit to a program, they will be charged the non-refundable processing fee in addition to meeting the withdrawal policies as outlined by both GE and ACES.
Financial Aid 
Financial aid can be applied to the cost of the program. The amount of financial aid that is applicable to study abroad will depend on your financial aid package. Since there are many variables that determine how your financial aid package applies to study abroad, it is best that you consult with the study abroad financial aid advisor in the Office of Student Financial Aid to discuss your individual financial aid package.  Their email and more information on Financial aid can be found at
Eligible students may receive additional scholarships toward the program cost.  The amount varies depending on the program destination.  Scholarship amounts are announced when program fees for each program are announced.  Non-ACES students should contact their college about scholarship opportunities.  All participants should also apply for the Illinois for Illinois (I4I) Study Abroad Undergraduate Scholarship. For more information, go to
ACES Students are eligible for additional funding through their college.  More information about ACES scholarships including the application can be found at

Application Information
First Steps Info 
For more information on the first steps to going abroad, visit our website: or attend a First Steps Info Session in person.  These resources will get you thinking about important themes to consider before selecting a program including: academics, housing, duration, location, and cost.  You will learn how to research a program, understand cost (with a segment on scholarships and financial aid too), and even how to apply! 
Application Process
Click the "Apply Now" button on this web page to apply. Note that you will be charged a non-refundable application fee by clicking "Apply Now".
You may only apply to one program per term. Please consider your program options carefully before beginning a new program application.  Each time you click "Apply Now" you will be charged a non-refundable application fee.
Application Components
The Study Abroad Office Application may include:
  • Letter of Recommendation - done electronically (must be an academic advisor, TA, or professor)
  • Personal essay questions
  • Photocopy of passport
  • Signature verification form
  • Official Transcript
  • Online questionnaires
After you are accepted into your program by the Study Abroad Office, you may be required to complete post-decision components such as the host provider's application. 
All requirements must be completed by the Study Abroad Office deadlines listed below.  Online materials are due by 11:59 PM on the deadline date while paper materials are due by 4:45 PM the following business day.  The Study Abroad Office reviews program applications as a batch after the deadline has passed. The decision dates listed below indicate the earliest possible date that a student's application may be reviewed. Most decisions will be released two to three weeks after each deadline.
See Dates and Deadlines at the bottom of this page.

Health, Safety, and Pre-Departure
The health and safety of students abroad is something that the University of Illinois takes very seriously, which is why the Study Abroad Office provides services that range from international insurance coverage to a 24-hour phone line to speak to an Advisor on Duty. These services can be found at:

Vaccinations and Health
Once you have been accepted into the program you need to get a health consultation at McKinley Health travel and immunization unit ( to discuss what immunization you need, get a travel kit, etc. See also
Before You Go
The UIUC Study Abroad website ( and the ACES Study Abroad website ( both provide a variety of pre-departure information. Explore both sites for information such as travel plans, what to pack, money abroad, transportation, communicating with family members while abroad, and even what to do the day of your departure.

Passports and Visas
Please consult the host country’s consulate website or a visa agency to determine whether or not a visa is required to travel to your destination country or countries.

More information about passports and visas can be found at:

Withdrawal, Change, and Cancellation

To change to a different program during the application process, please e-mail

To withdraw or cancel your participation in a study abroad program, please visit this link to view the Withdrawal and Refund Policy (  

Contact Information

ACES Education Abroad
123 Mumford Hall
1301 W. Gregory Dr.
Urbana, IL 61801
Phone: (217)-333-3380

Walk-in hours:
2-4pm Tuesdays and Thursdays and 9:30-11:30am Wednesdays.


Dates / Deadlines:
Term Year App Deadline Decision Date Start Date End Date
Summer Study Tour 2018 03/16/2018
Rolling Admission 06/01/2018 08/15/2018

** Indicates rolling admission application process. Applicants will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.

Indicates that deadline has passed
This program is currently not accepting applications.