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, Ecuador, 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 diverse subject areas.

AIFS study abroad programs

Programs from AIFS Study Abroad

  • Study with AIFS in Florence
    Italy
    Earn up to 16 credits studying in beautiful, historic Florence. Students choose from a wide array of courses in humanities,...
    35 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
  • The London Eye Pod
    England
    Study in London and earn up to 15 credits with courses in art, business, economics, history, psychology and more at Richmond...
    30 reviews
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  • Brette with other AIFS Students -Check out her interview!
    Austria
    Earn up to 17 credits through a wide variety of courses studying at the world-renowned University of Salzburg. This program...
    30 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study Abroad in Spain with AIFS
    Spain
    Spend a semester or academic year in the modern and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety...
    27 reviews
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study in Granada, Spain with AIFS
    Spain
    Spend a semester or academic year in the charming and captivating city of Granada, Spain. Earn up to 15 credits through...
    23 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • AIFS Students in Italy
    Italy
    Spend a semester or year in the vibrant and historic city of Rome. Earn up to 19 credits studying at Richmond. Courses are...
    21 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Stellenbosch University Campus
    South Africa
    Spend a semester or year in the captivating city of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety of...
    19 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Plaza Mayor at Night
    Spain
    Spend a semester or year studying in the picturesque city of Salamanca. Earn up to 15 credits at the University of Salamanca...
    19 reviews
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  • The Old Town
    Czech Republic
    Spend a semester or year in the picturesque city of Prague. Earn up to 18 credits through a variety of courses studying at...
    17 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study in Limerick with AIFS
    Ireland
    Spend a semester or academic year in the charming city of Limerick, Ireland. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety of...
    16 reviews
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  • AIFS Students in Cannes
    France
    Earn up to 18 credits through a wide variety of courses studying in the beautiful city of Cannes. Study French language, art...
    13 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study Abroad in Costa Rica with AIFS
    Costa Rica
    Earn up to 23 credits through a wide variety of courses at Veritas University in San Jose, the lively capital of Costa Rica...
    12 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • Study in Grenoble
    France
    Spend a semester or academic year in the idyllic city of Grenoble, France. Earn up to 16 credits studying at the University...
    11 reviews
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    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • AIFS students standing in front of Catherine's Palace
    Russia
    Spend a semester or year in the cosmopolitan and culturally rich city of St. Petersburg, Russia. Earn up to 18 credits...
    10 reviews
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    A review was left for this program in the last 30 days
    This program has been rated exceedingly fun by 5+ reviewers.
    This program has been rated exceedingly supportive by 5+ reviewers.
  • France
    Spend a semester or academic year in the incomparable city of Paris. Earn up to 16 credits through a variety of courses...
    10 reviews
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Program Reviews

  • Sarah
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Boston, MA
    University of Michigan
    9/10
    Amazing Amazing Experience
    01/04/2016

    I had the best time in florence on the three week, Maymester program. I took Italian food and culture and I actually learned a ton and really enjoyed the class. We did have work, but it was very manageable and did not detract from my experience at all. The teacher was very relaxed and new that we were there to have a good time in florence and to explore the city. The program itself was so well structured and there were activities set up for us to attend every day that were really really fun--like pizza making, a walking tour, and one of our last nights we all went to a castle and had a lovely wine tasting and dinner together as a group. The program is truly jam-packed and non-stop, in the best way. And the housing is much much nicer than I expected. I was in a huge apartment with 6 other girls. It was so nice with a really nice kitchen and living room. The apartment was very clean, well kept, and very well located--we were in the middle of everything. I cannot recommend this program enough--it exceeded my expectations and could not have gone better.

    How could this program be improved?

    I would maybe have a few days without class. I know this is hard to do with only being in school for three weeks, but it was hard to actually be in florence and enjoy the nightlife there with school in the morning every day.

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  • Bridgette
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Rochester, New York
    University of Michigan
    10/10
    AIFS Semester in Florence
    01/02/2016

    One of my favorite stories from abroad comes from the week my family visited me. I want to start by saying that your goal abroad should be to make friends with anyone you meet and try to brighten their day.

    We walked into a restaurant and were seated by a waiter who wasn't exactly rude, but he wasn't very friendly either. My family is a little overwhelming (even though there were only five of us) and we can be pretty loud. As the waiter left to get our drinks, my dad says "We are going to make him love us by the end of this dinner". We all laughed and agreed thinking that we could at least get him to smile maybe and have a conversation that consisted of more than a couple words.

    We started off by asking his name and what his favorite dish was. We eventually asked him where he was from, where his favorite place in Sorrento was, about his family and other easy questions. Little by little he would share more with us. I think he especially loved when we asked his opinions on dishes we ordered.

    He loved my sisters and me and by the end of the night he was kissing the three of us on the cheek! He gave us postcards from the restaurant and was extremely flattered when we asked if he could sign them. We then asked to get a picture and he was adorably happy to.

    I like to share this story to encourage people to get to know the locals and others around them. Your immersion in the culture that you are visiting or studying in is completely up to you and you get out what you put in. Make it your goal to make friends with everyone you meet including drivers, waiters, hotel employees, anyone! Expanding horizons is what being abroad is about!

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish it had been easier to plan my transportation after the program. What was really nice about AIFS was that they included a flight package if you wanted. However, you had to know when you were coming back and where you were flying out of before the program started. I had a feeling I would want to travel after the program ended, but I didn't know for how long, where to, or if I would for sure be able to. When I ended up deciding to travel for three more weeks after my program, I ended up having to spend a lot more to buy a new ticket because it would have costed me more to change the ticket I already had booked.

    Photos:
    View of Florence from Piazza Michelangelo
    Positano
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  • Jen
    Age: 31-50
    Female
    Rhode Island
    University of Rhode Island
    8/10
    Small-Town Salzburg
    12/30/2015

    Salzburg is a small city, making it perfect for those who really want to get to know and become comfortable with the area they are studying and living in. Within a few weeks you start recognizing locals in their routines and are accustomed to the flow of the city, which is laid-back and quiet, with shops closing around dinner time. It is the perfect place to live, study, relax, and experience Austro-Germanic culture without being overwhelmed. This might not be a major party city, but it is easy to navigate and central to many larger cities, including Munich, Vienna, Prague, and Venice.

    Homestays are severely limited, so expect to be housed in a student dormitory, which vary in location and amenities, so it really may be luck of the draw when it comes to your housing preferences. Obtaining reliable internet access was initially a problem, but during my semester the AIFS staff secured portable wi-fi for students having issues, and all problems were resolved.

    AIFS really does do a lot to get students settled into Salzburg by suggesting tips, obtaining bus passes, offering meal cards, and arranging excursions to both local and far-reaching destinations. If any issues arise, it is not difficult to reach a member of the AIFS staff to assist you, either.

    How could this program be improved?

    It would be nice to know your housing assignment before leaving the states, to best prepare when packing, and lessen the shock and possible let-down of learning your living arrangement on site.

    Photos:
    Ancient Fortress, Modern University
    The Greatest Feature of my Dorm: The View.
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  • Malorie
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Fort Myers
    Florida Gulf Coast University
    10/10
    Granada, Spain is the place to go!
    12/26/2015

    I was very nervous about knowing little to no Spanish and living in Spain. The abroad directors helped with ANYTHING you needed. They really were fantastic. Being integrated in the culture in Granada really allowed me to feel at ease and I left with more knowledge than expected. Granada really is a beautiful city and there were so many new things I would find every day. Mae West was like nothing else, a fun gem where you would find locals and foreigners. The Alhambra was amazing from any view. So glad I chose Granda over a huge city like Barcelona or Madrid.

    How could this program be improved?

    The program was great. Wish I would have stayed longer than just a Summer!

    Photos:
    Found in one of the alley ways.
    View from the Alhambra. Absolutely beautiful!
    On one of the excursions to Morocco.
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  • Suzanne
    Age: 19-24
    Female
    Austin, Texas
    University of Texas- Austin
    10/10
    My study abroad experience through AIFS
    12/23/2015

    I previously traveled to Prague before I decided this was the location I wanted to study abroad; after my first visit I thought "Whoa, this place is beautiful. I need to live here". Living in the Czech Republic was vastly different than briefly visiting for a couple of days. Those in charge of the program usually warn students of culture shock; I strongly believed that I would never be affected by this and was confident that I could transition into a new environment easily. Honestly, it was hard. The Czech people are very, very different than Americans. Small luxuries that I was very used to from living in the US were not available, which was apparent in our housing (although we were in the nicest student dorms available). Throughout this process, the members of the AIFS staff were unbelievable. They served as a resource to help us transition into this new environment, we could talk to them about any and all problems, ask them for good restaurants and local hangouts, get book suggestions, among many others things. I believe that my study abroad experience could not have been better through any other program, AIFS made me feel comfortable, organized the best housing and amenities available, and were generally a positive and cheerful group to be around. I would not have chosen to do study abroad any other way!

    How could this program be improved?

    I wish we had more opportunities to meet the locals and foreign students

    Photos:
    Me on the Charles Bridge
    AIFS group trip to Poland
    Beautiful Prague!
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