This thesis endeavors to analyze what the Institute for International Education of Students (IES) provides as a non-for profit institution that promotes study abroad for Americans. My study is concerned with how globalization influences study abroad and the students. It examines two IES surveys from divergent groups, Survey I: IES students and alumni and Survey II: academic study abroad staff. IES encourages a formal and informal learning process during one’s study abroad period, which together molds a new student identity.These students are different after their time overseas compared to those who studied at their home institution. This writing also addresses a qualitative encounter of my summer internship with IES in 2005 and my personal experiences abroad.