AIFS Study Abroad
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(421 Reviews)

AIFS Study Abroad

AIFS is a leading provider of study abroad programs. Since 1964, more than 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS. Comprehensive program fees make it convenient for students to study abroad and experience all that the world has to offer.

With over half a century in the industry, AIFS has the resources and experience to provide what students want and need in a study abroad program combined with the institutional strength to safeguard their welfare around the globe. Unlike many other study abroad programs or independent study options, AIFS program fees are guaranteed in U.S. dollars.

AIFS offers a wide range of unique programs in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas. AIFS campuses typically offer courses in English and/or in foreign languages from beginner to advanced levels, so you don’t even need to know a foreign language to have the opportunity to study abroad.

Most Recent Program Reviews

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Erika
Female
22 years old
Limerick, Ireland
University of Limerick

A Year in Limerick

9/10

Spending a year at the University of Limerick through AIFS was the best year in college that I have experienced. Within the program I had my housing and flights arranged for me as well as transportation arranged to take me to and from the airports. That alone allowed for less stress upon arrive to Ireland. AIFS offered weekend excursions and activities all throughout the semester. They ranged from going to Belfast to learning how to make Irish Coffee. The classes offered at the University of Limerick range anywhere from Irish studies to Chemistry. With AIFS we lived in Plassey Village a University housing village. We lived eight to a house and with each house having two bathrooms and a shared kitchen. In Limerick City there are lots of shops and museums to go to. As well as Kings John Castle and the Milk Market there are always plenty to do. The university is a 15 minute bus ride from the city with deals on students tickets on public transportation.

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McKenna
Female
21 years old
Southern California
California Lutheran University

My Semester in Barcelona, Spain

10/10

My semester abroad was one of the most positive experiences of my life. I went during the Spring semester of my junior year, which is a time that I highly recommend to go. I think it is important to have a few semesters of college under your belt before you go abroad because I think it will make you feel better prepared to enter into a completely new environment. Also, when you return to your home institution, you have time to go abroad again. AIFS made the entire experience so positive and memorable for a number of reasons. One of the things that has stuck with me the most is how supported I felt by the local AIFS staff while I was away. They were willing to help with anything, whether it was a recommendation for dinner or taking me to the doctor when I was sick. After speaking with prospective students at California Lutheran University, I often hear that they are most concerned about the cost of going abroad and their living situation while they are there. AIFS is affordable and able to work with students no matter what their financial situation is. The program offers clean, safe, and modern accommodations close to the university campuses in Barcelona and the social scene. Overall, I cannot say enough great things about AIFS and I highly encourage you to check out the numerous programs they offer. Even if you do not go through AIFS, I strongly feel that everyone should study abroad if they have the opportunity. It is an amazing experience that you will carry with you throughout the rest of your life.

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Sara
Female
21 years old
NYC
Hofstra University

Study Abroad is a Must

10/10

Studying abroad in Australia was the best decision I ever made and I am glad I went through AIFS. AIFS was very receptive when it came to pre-departure information and class registration. I loved having an AIFS representative right on campus, who was super knowledgeable and friendly. She scheduled a few activities during the semester for us, which was included in the program. My favorite was the Brazilian Barbeque.

Perth is the perfect city for college students. It is small, yet has loads of eateries and nightlife options. King’s Park offers is nature retreat that gives a spectacular view of the city. I will never forget my first time there and seeing breathtaking Perth. Public transportation is clean, cheap and easy, especially when you register through a university to get a student discount. Perth is very close to the beach as well, so there are things to enjoy for all types of people. Although it is the most remote capital city in the world, I never felt at a loss of things to do.

Studying abroad is a must. If you are feeling skeptical, check out AIFS and see the programs they have to offer. I do not think you will be disappointed.

How can this program be improved?

It would be nice to have an AIFS representative meet us on campus as soon as we arrive.

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Courtney
Female
21 years old
United States
University of South Carolina- Columbia

Study Abroad (with sloths!)

10/10

Freshman year of college, my roommate and I were lying on our dorm floor with at least 20 different study abroad catalogs spread between the two of us. We had highlighted, bookmarked, and put sticky notes all over these catalogs. Both of us knew we were going to work towards studying abroad and finding the right program was important to us. I chose AIFS not only due to the fact that it was incredibly cost- effective, provided three different travel opportunities included in the cost of the program, and gave us the option of a homestay, but also because of the interactions I had with the AIFS staff as they helped me through the process of applying for, and going, on this adventure to Costa Rica. Before, during, and after I was abroad, AIFS provided support, encouragement, and resources to make the entire process as easy as possible.

And what about Costa Rica? It is truly one of the most special places in the world. With the Pura Vida attitude, the incredible natural wonders, and the kindness and compassion shown by the Costa Rican people, it will always hold a special spot in my heart. I can not say enough good things about the time I had there through the travel and also in my classes. I feel so lucky to have had the opportunity to experience all that Costa Rica has to offer!

How can this program be improved?

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Tiffany
Female
20 years old
United States
New York University

Unlike NYC... London is the city that does sleep

9/10

I was born and raised in NYC, and by staying in the city for college I never really experienced living in any place other than New York. Prior to coming to London, I expected there to be little differences in living in London than living in NYC. While I do think it was an easy transition, one difference you'll notice is that stores in London close much earlier than those in NYC, so if you're coming from a big city don't expect frequent late-night dining, especially on Sundays!

Overall, I loved London. Compared to New York's MTA, London's public transportation was faster and, in my opinion, more straight-forward, than that of NYC's, so don't worry about getting lost on the train or bus! Did I mention it's a lot cleaner, as well? While you'll have endless opportunities to try English food, London is a multicultural city so you will be able to eat different types of food, as well, such as Indian, Thai, Italian, and Caribbean to name a few. London is big on free museums, so be sure to check out the British Museum, Natural History Museum and the Tate Modern Museum (those were my favorite). Whether you're a fan of hanging out with friends in a big park, pub crawls, doing all the tourist-y things imaginable (who doesn't love a great view from the London eye?) or a combination of all of the above while finding time to explore the equally as interesting cities outside of London, London is a great place to study abroad!

Program Listings

England

AIFS Study Abroad
Study in London and earn up to 15 credits with courses in art, business, economics, history, psychology and more at Richmond,...

Italy

AIFS Study Abroad
Earn up to 16 credits studying in beautiful, historic Florence. Students choose from a wide array of courses in humanities, b...

Spain

AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or academic year in the modern and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety o...

Austria

AIFS Study Abroad
Earn up to 17 credits through a wide variety of courses studying at the world-renowned University of Salzburg. This program i...

Spain

AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or academic year in the charming and captivating city of Granada, Spain. Courses are taught in English or Sp...

Czech Republic

AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or year in the picturesque city of Prague. Earn up to 18 credits through a variety of courses studying at Ch...

Italy

AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or year in the vibrant and historic city of Rome. Earn up to 19 credits studying at Richmond. Courses are ta...

Spain

AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or year studying in the picturesque city of Salamanca. Earn up to 15 credits at the University of Salamanca....

Ireland

AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or academic year in the charming city of Limerick, Ireland. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety of cours...

South Africa

AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or year in the captivating city of Stellenbosch, South Africa. Earn up to 15 credits through a variety of co...

France

AIFS Study Abroad
Earn up to 18 credits through a wide variety of courses studying in the beautiful city of Cannes. Study French language, art...

Costa Rica

AIFS Study Abroad
Earn up to 23 credits through a wide variety of courses at Veritas University in San Jose, the lively capital of Costa Rica....

France

AIFS Study Abroad
Spend a semester or academic year in the idyllic city of Grenoble, France. Earn up to 18 credits studying at the University o...

Fiji

AIFS Study Abroad
Earn up to 16 credits per semester through a wide variety of courses at Murdoch University in the beautiful coastal city of P...

Switzerland

AIFS Study Abroad
If you can’t decide on one location to study in this summer, maybe you’d like to go to seven! Spend 4 weeks studying European...