A Brief History:
IGE has its roots in a university operated study abroad program in Vienna, Austria in the Fall of 2001. Originally there were thirteen students who wanted to spend a semester abroad on a different kind of program; a program that was small, immersive, and collegial – with lots of travel. From those original thirteen our alumni now number into the hundreds, all of whom will tell you – “don’t just study abroad, study abroad with IGE.” Our students were never looking for just another study abroad experience – they wanted something better. At IGE we strive to preserve that “something better” in everything we do and aim to facilitate the best study abroad experience a student can have. Because IGE runs small programs we are approachable and open. We encourage students to communicate their needs to us so that we can help them have the term of their lives! While other programs might enroll two hundred students or even five hundred students, IGE runs programs that are capped at twenty – insuring that students have access to faculty and opportunities that are simply unknown in the world of study abroad today. All that to say, after ten years of running programs we still know the names of every single student who has ever studied with IGE. If you do one of our programs you won’t just be studying abroad, you will be joining a group of students that we like to think of as friends for life.
Kevin Archer: Founder of IGE
Kevin Archer discovered his passion for international studies while on a study abroad program in Cairo, Egypt during his senior year of college. Since that initial study abroad experience he has traveled the world as a graduate student, a professor, an administrator, and now as the Founder and President IGE. Kevin is a firm believer in experiential travel and learning and beginning in 1999 he dedicated himself to developing some of the best study abroad programs in the world. Initially he did this as the Director of International Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University and since 2005 he has done this through IGE. Kevin has literally been “around the world” with students. He loves to travel but rarely does so without undergraduates in tow. Since 1999 he has traveled with students to Japan, China, Thailand, U.A.E, Italy, Switzerland, Austria, Germany, the Netherlands, France, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, Slovenia, Slovakia, Bosnia – Herzegovina, Croatia, Hungary, the United Kingdom and Turkey.
From 1999 to 2005 he served as Asst. Professor and Director of International Studies at Point Loma Nazarene University in San Diego, California. In 2005 he founded IGE and accepted a teaching position at the Josef Korbel School of International Studies at the University of Denver. He holds a Ph.D. in International Economics and Politics and teaches International Relations and International Political Economy.
When Kevin isn’t orienting students in Vienna or lecturing at the University of Denver, he enjoys spending time with his family and has been known to schedule the occasional fly fishing trip.
Alfred Pfabigan: Austrian Director
Alfred Pfabigan is IGE’s on-site Austrian Director and IGE couldn’t ask for a better person to fill this job. Alfred is as Viennese as they come. Born, raised, and educated in Vienna, Alfred brings a classic Vienna touch to our programs that you really can’t find anywhere else.
Aside from working with IGE, Alfred has served on several councils and authored many publications. Alfred majored in Jurisprudence with a minor in Political Philosophy at the University of Vienna. Upon completing his undergraduate studies he continued his education at the University of Vienna and earned a PhD in Law.
When not serving in his role as Austrian Director with IGE, Alfred is a professor at the University of Vienna, visiting professor at the Diplomatic Academy, visiting professor at the Master of Interdisciplinary Science Program, and regular contributor to “Die Presse”, “Der Standard” and the Austrian Radio station ORF – O1. For more information on Alfred, check out this CV here.
The IGE Vienna program is an amazing cultural experience that you won’t regret being a part of. Some of the specific advantages of the program are the housing arrangments and the professors. You get to room in an international house, which if you take advantage of, will cause you to meet a ton of new friends and build great relationships with people from all over Europe. The local professors are also outstanding because they give you an experience from their local point of view that is hard to find.