AIFS Study Abroad

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Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS. With more than 45 years of experience, we have the resources and experience to provide what our students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe. Our program fee is all-inclusive, making it simple for you to study abroad and experience all that the world has to offer.

Programs are available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, Turkey, as well as multi-country programs. AIFS offers Gap Year programs, along with internships and volunteer opportunities abroad. With locations throughout the world, AIFS College Study Abroad is able to offers high-quality, college-level courses in subject areas as diverse as Islamic Studies, French Cinema, business and engineering.

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Program Reviews

  • Gabriella
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    United States
    West Chester University of Pennsylvania
    Incredible
    01/10/2015

    I cannot rave enough about my study abroad experience with AIFS last spring semester. The greatest thing about the program was the staff. They helped make an easy transition for the students into a new country. They were also incredibly friendly and supportive. This program gave me the freedom to feel independent, but still go to the staff if I had any questions or concerns. The meal plan was also an incredible addition to this program. My friends and I could not get enough of some of the restaurants included in the meal tickets. Overall, I recommend this program to anyone thinking about studying in another country.

    How could this program be improved?

    Maybe offer more meal vouchers to those not traveling during breaks or holidays

    Photos:
    Florence sunsets
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  • Megan
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Charleston, SC
    College of Charleston
    The Experience of a Lifetime!
    12/18/2014

    As a Spring 2014 Florence alum, I have no doubt that AIFS was the best program I could've chosen to help me fulfill my nearly lifelong dream of studying abroad. And even now--half a year removed from my experience--there's not a day that goes by that I don't think back to my unforgettable time in Florence and the (what seems like) entire lifetime's worth of happy memories I created there.

    To start, my favorite parts about the program were the meal plan and the almost daily activities/excursions AIFS offered once we arrived in Italy. The meal plan was a really great way to experience the food culture of Italy without breaking the bank--with our breakfast/lunch and dinner cards, my friends and I were able to dine at fancy restaurants we wouldn't have been able to afford off plan, grab a quick panino or pizza to go, buy fresh produce at the local fruit stand, go out for aperitivo (which is kind of like the Italian version of happy hour), go grocery shopping, and even buy cocktails at local bars. In addition, almost daily AIFS gave us the option of participating in cultural immersion activities such as attending soccer games, gelato tours, cooking and baking classes, wine tastings, the opera and ballet, and day-long excursions to various destinations throughout Italy. With the help of these activities, I felt I was able to come away from my abroad experience with an excellent grasp on Italian culture and daily Florentine life.

    Overall, the AIFS program in Florence made the necessary accommodations for us students to live an extremely comfortable life in Italy without holding our hand, hovering, or babying us through the entire process. I had envisioned gaining invaluable independent living skills from my abroad experience--the last thing I wanted to be was dependent on my program in any way. For that reason, I really appreciated that AIFS took care of the hard stuff for us--arranging our airfare, setting us up in apartments, providing us with meal options, helping us locate doctors if we got sick, etc.--but then set us free to do our own thing as we pleased. With AIFS, you can be as independent as you want to be, but there's always an incredible support system to fall back on if you find yourself having trouble, and that was great to know.

    I would enthusiastically recommend AIFS to anyone who is interested in studying abroad!

    Photos:
    A stunning view of Florence from the Piazzale Michelangelo.
    My friends and I enjoying some gelato (an almost daily occurrence)! :)
    My abroad experience allowed me to form lifelong bonds with some incredible people. This is my favorite photo of my abroad experience, taken on our last day in Florence.
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  • Danielle Day
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Chicago, IL
    Drake University
    Barcelona Fall 2014
    12/09/2014

    This semester surpassed any expectation I could have set for myself. My host family was wonderful and extremely accomodating, especially when I got sick twice. I found the staff extremely helpful and always there as well. Having an intercambio also helped assimilate myself into the culture a little more- so thank you for setting that up. Barcelona is a great city and I'm glad I got to experience what it has to offer.

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  • Katarina Hedstrom
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Minneapolis, Minnesota
    Bethel University
    Awesome Experience in Barcelona!!
    12/09/2014

    I had no idea just how memorable my time would be in Barcelona. AIFS was so helpful-anything from help with places to eat, day trips, travel tips, and just being there when we were overwhelmed. The day trips were great and an easy way to see local attractions that some programs do not include. These activities also helped you create a "home base"with the other students in the program.

    How could this program be improved?

    It seemed in the last few weeks was when I got most of the information that I needed for my trip - it would've been nicer to get it a little sooner to help me prepare better.

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  • Will Cancilla
    Age: 19-24
    Male
    Barcelona, Spain
    Washington State University
    Great experience!
    12/09/2014

    I was very uneasy about coming abroad but everything went so much better than I expected. My day to day was filled with new activities and although I was in school it was still very fulfilling. I missed some things at home after some time but the program was very well constructed and made everything accessible and enjoyable.

    How could this program be improved?

    Maybe allow more class flexibility.

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