Established in 1998, Foundation for International Education (FIE), a London-based non-profit educational organization, provides customized partnership programs and individual student enrollment programs in London, Dublin and Amman for undergraduates. The Foundation for International Education has set new high standards in delivering academic programs abroad. A forward-thinking organization with a mission that expresses its passionate belief in the value of international education.
Philadelphia, PA Temple University| July 22, 2014
I had every intention to not participate in this program because, through my school, it cost more than I was willing to spend. However, I am glad I ultimately decided to go. The travelling by itself would have been sufficient, but the whole experience of studying abroad, using the city as my classroom and forming new relationships miles away from home was absolutely breathtaking.
One would assume that studying so far away from home during summer break would be hard, but I am not sure five weeks is enough. The city of London is expansive and phenomenal, and I am honored I was able to experience it through such an incredible program with an even more incredible staff.
FIE excelled in every thing it did for me; ease of cultural integration, travel advice, 24-hour help, etc. It was easy to see how much the staff members cared about the organization and its students. I am so glad I went on this trip, and no amount of money spent could damper this unforgettable experience.
Washington, DC American University| October 06, 2014
I had the time of my life doing this program. I have traveled a lot in my life already and seen a lot of great places in the world, but London is one of the places that I call home after spending a little bit more than 15 weeks there. I did not only study a new culture, but I also got to live and work in it. It's a once in a life time opportunity and I do not regret working my butt off and saving my money all summer before I went to London. I miss talking to my professors over a cup of tea or going to a beer brewery with class. You'll experience a totally different way of life with FIE.
"When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life."
Milwaukee University of Wisconsin-Madison| October 14, 2014
When first deciding to study abroad going to London was not in my top choices. I chose to study abroad the last semester of my senior year at the University of Wisconsin-Madison so I didn't have the time to really master any foreign language and if I was going to really communicate with people efficiently I needed to go somewhere where English was a first language. London seemed far enough away from the United States and close enough to continental Europe that it could still provide me with the experience I was looking for. My expectations were exceeded upon immediately arriving in London, it is definitely a place that is underestimated until you experience it for yourself. The staff at FIE made us feel right at home and were extremely helpful to us during our stay. Our flat was located in the Kensington borough of London directly across the street from Hyde Park. It was the perfect location to fully indulge yourself in what London had to offer. The classes were located a few blocks down from where our flat was located and close enough to Imperial College where we had access to the student union. Me and a few other students were even able to join on to a few of Imperial College's club teams during our stay which made our experience even better since we were able to make long lasting friendships abroad. I would say studying abroad in London was one of the best decisions I've made in my life because not only did I learn more about British culture but I learned more about myself and what different situations I'm able to handle alone.
Rutgers University| January 25, 2013
This program is perfect for any student interested in policy, politics, international relations, the media, cultural immersion - heck, anything you can think of. I had an exercise science major with us on the course.
It was a life-changing experience. Yes, it was cliche but it was real and difficult and I am a better person because of it.
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Queens, NY Queens College| October 29, 2014
The London-Amman Program is unique in its aim to provide a study tour on the subject of Conflict-Resolution. As a Psychology and Political Science undergrad, I found that no other program was able to capture a discipline which transcends the social sciences. Our group received such a thorough understanding of both regions. As students we were astounded by the fact that our professors were leaders in the field. What deepened our study was the emotional experience of walking through what was once embattled ground and, for the Middle East, continues to be. In the UK, we met with Jonathan Powell, Tony Blair’s Chief of Staff, and spoke candidly with members of the House of Lords and House of Commons. In Jordan, we exchanged theories with the best and brightest professors in the political history of the Arab-Israeli and Pan-Arab conflicts. On the Syrian Jordanian border, our group witnessed the Syrian struggle first hand and met with refugees. That summer, both Secretary of State Kerry and President Obama actually followed the same travel itinerary and were present in Belfast, Ireland and Amman, Jordan while we were there. If I pursue clinical psychology, I plan to study conflict resolution as an alternative for young people in the criminal justice system. No matter what career I choose, this experience will influence how I orient my work. I have done abroad programs in the past and this study tour truly captured our hearts and minds.
Denver, CO University of Denver| October 28, 2014
This trip was absolutely academically stimulating, but much of what we learned was outside of the classroom. Both professors, Paul Arthur and Zaid Eyadat, were very well connected and ensured that we were exposed to an education beyond what they as individuals could provide. That is not to say that they themselves weren't excellent lecturers, they were, but there is a difference in being told about a conflict academically and experiencing its effects in real life.
This program is divided into two parts, the first being between London and Northern Ireland learning about the Troubles and the methods of conflict resolution used in that particular case. The second part is spent in Jordan learning about the variety of conflicts in the Middle East and the challenges to finding peace in the region. Each part of the trip involved speaking to many distinguished individuals with interesting insight in their respective fields, but in both parts of the trip there was a single experience that impacted me more than any other.
In the first part of the program we spent a few days in Northern Ireland in order to get a feel for the conflict that we had been learning about. One of the cities we visited was Derry (/Londonderry). The night we were in Derry we went to a Theatre of Witness workshop. In this workshop women from both sides of the conflict discussed their experiences during the Troubles. This served to humanize the conflict. These were real people who had their lives turned around, they weren't on video or in a book, they weren't academics or politicians. These were normal people. It was a unique moment that I could not have had on a different program or under other circumstances.
I had a similar moment in the Jordan portion of the program. Instead of our normal class session one day we got on a bus and drove to the northern desert to speak with a tribal sheik about peace and conflict resolution. While we were there we had the opportunity to speak with an extended family of Syrian refugees. We spoke to them about their experiences in Syria, of their journey to Jordan, and of their treatment as refugees. This gave us valuable insight to the Syrian conflict and the status of refugees.
This program provided us students with unique and incredible experiences. Each day was different and held a new adventure or learning opportunity. I learned more in the few weeks I was in this program than I have in most classes in my entire undergraduate education an in my graduate education thus far. I wholeheartedly suggest that if you are considering this program that you go.
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Philadelphia Drexel University| November 10, 2014
I had always had an interest in answering questions and solving problems as a political science major. Having this experience not only confirmed my desire to study Conflict Resolution, but also gave me a firm theoretical framework to use moving forward, not to mention that I've made dear friends from around the world through this experience. A++ I highly recommend it.
Drexel University| November 12, 2014
My experience with FIE in Dublin was without a doubt the best decision I’ve made in my college career. I know that may sound completely cheesy and insincere but I am being completely honest. I have always had a love of travel and wanted to spend more than just a week or two in a city, I wanted to really see what the whole country had to offer. I could not have dreamed of a more fulfilling trip! The professors were so passionate about their country and in five short weeks gave us a much deeper insight into the rich and complex history of Ireland. The FIE team in Dublin was so involved with our group and really showed us Ireland. We saw so many parts of Ireland like the Cark-a-reed rope bridge, Sileve League, the Cliffs of Moher and Galway which I will always cherish. There is definitely work that you’ll have to do and you’ll spend time in class but if you are considering studying abroad or have an interest in Ireland this is the program you want to choose.
Ashleigh Graham -
Orlando University of Central Florida| November 12, 2014
This past summer was the best summer I could have asked for. I interned on the Fair Emerald Isle known as Dublin. I interned at a small tax and accountancy company. The company welcomed me with open arms. I created and analyzed spreadsheets. During my downtime, I traveled to different parts of Ireland and even outside of Ireland on the weekends.
My advisors at FIE made sure that every student in the program was having the best time in Dublin. They took us on some weekend excursions where we learned a traditional Irish dance and we also learned how to play the Irish sport Hurling.
Dublin is by far one of my favorite cities. The people there are genuine and very welcoming. I would recommend FIE to any college student looking to intern abroad.