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AIFS Study Abroad Program in Cannes, France
Interview with Meredith Cooney, AIFS alumna in France
GO: Why did you decide to study abroad with AIFS at College International de Cannes?
Meredith: I chose to study abroad in Cannes because I had previously been to Nice and I fell in love with that area of the world. Also, the opportunity to intern during the Cannes Film Festival was a huge draw for me. Additionally, the excursions and trips they had planned for us were all areas I really hoped to visit, so that was a factor I considered.
GO: What made your study abroad experience unique and special?
Meredith: For me it was all about the people - the fellow students in my program, the AIFS staff, the staff at the College, and especially the town of Cannes. We were the only study abroad group in the city, so we really became attached to it, and local businesses would recognize us and were happy when we stopped in to eat or grab something. I didn't feel like a visiting student who was going to be leaving soon, I felt like a real part of the community.
GO: How has this experience impacted your future?
Meredith: Cannes impacted my future in only positive ways, including my ability to connect with others and approach challenging situations with an open mind. Professionally I've been able to talk about my internship experience during many interviews, and it always gets a laugh when I tell them, "If I can help plan and execute a last-minute press conference for Tommy Lee Jones in a city where I have to speak a foreign language to get anything done, I can certainly accomplish anything you need in English!"
About AIFS Study Abroad
Founded in 1964, AIFS prides itself as an industry leader in providing summer, semester, and academic year study abroad programs. AIFS sends nearly 5,000 undergraduates every month to study abroad in one of 23 AIFS international campuses.
Programs are available in Argentina, Australia, Austria, Botswana, Brazil, Chile, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Czech Republic, England, France, Germany, Greece, India, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Peru, 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.