American Institute For Foreign Study
American Institute For Foreign Study Programs
Spend a semester or academic year in Barcelona with AIFS. Earn up to 15 credits studying at the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB). No previous Spanish language study...
Spend a semester or academic year in the picturesque city of Prague with AIFS. Earn up to 18 credits studying at Charles University. Courses are taught in English or Czech,...
Spend the summer in the picturesque city of Prague with AIFS. Earn up to 9 credits through a variety of courses studying at Charles University. Courses are taught in English...
Spend a semester or academic year in Barcelona with AIFS. Earn up to 15 credits studying at the Universitat Pompeu Fabra (UPF). No previous Spanish language study is required. ...
Spend a semester or academic year in captivating Stellenbosch with AIFS. Earn up to 15 credits studying at the University of Stellenbosch. Courses are taught in English. Choose...
Spend an exciting and completely enriching summer traveling to major cities in five different countries - London, England; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Paris, France; Lausanne,...
Paris has constantly led the list of the best student cities, and there is no wondering why. It offers some of the world’s premier higher education institutions amidst
Spend a semester or academic year in the vibrant and energetic city of Perth with AIFS. Earn up to 16 credits through a variety of courses studying at Murdoch University....
American Institute For Foreign Study Reviews
With Love From Kentucky
Submitted by Julie Jent - Berea College | March 16, 2018
AIFS was one of the best fit programs for me. I appreciated the fact that they were all inclusive and I had a lot of worry taken off of my shoulders since I did not have to book my flight or find housing. The professors at Polytechnic University in St. Petersburg were very encouraging. I did however only have experience with two professors and my classes were mainly with other Americans. This made sense because Russians aren’t usually taking Russian History and Russian Language classes. I hope that the Russian language professors continue to be there for years to come. My professor was very encouraging and even told us on the first day of class that we would be speaking Russian better than her after only a semester of study. Although, I knew this was not true, it started me off on a positive foot with such a difficult language. The option to stay with a host family was definitely a perk that made the program more appealing. I chose to stay with a host family. I was the only student that got the experience to stay with a host family that had children. I look back on that experience as something that made my stay all the more unique. I now have a much better representation of Russian everyday life. I am very thankful for the in country program advisers that were always there to support my stay in St. Petersburg.
Semester abroad in Perth, Australia
Submitted by Nicole Remus - Minnesota State University, Mankato | March 01, 2018
Studying abroad in Perth, Australia for a semester was truly a trip of a lifetime! I did everything from taking a surf lesson, exploring the city, and taking a 10 day outback trip. AIFS was completely there along the way, from pre-departure to when it came time to leave. We had an onsite AIFS representative, who took us on a few outings, gave us advice, and helped us with adjusting to a new culture. With AIFS I was even able to participate in a week long Pacific Studies course taught in Fiji, prior to Australia.
Perth and the surrounding areas had a great public transportation system, which we all used to get around to the beaches, grocery stores, etc. It had a great nightlife and plenty to do during the day, as well. Murdoch University also had some great things for international students, such as some optional excursions which included the outback trip, a trip to Rottnest Island, and a local animal conservatory. Overall, I am so thankful I went through AIFS. I made so many memories and never felt alone along the way.
Submitted by David Sharif - Pace University | February 25, 2018
During my time in Spain I got to learn the rich culture and fascinating architecture of Barcelona. With my program, I went on several bus tours exploring three different famous historical and architectural landmarks in Barcelona. They are Sagrada Familia, Park Guell, & Casa Mila. I would absolutely recommend future visitors to go to these places when they are traveling to Barcelona. The history of Spain itself does its job to persuade visitors to change their views on colored designs and the appearances of intersections, and buildings in the city of Catalonia.
What type of architecture did I see when I visited these places:
1. Sagrada Familia
Going inside the Roman Catholic Church of Sagrada Familia, I have seen multiple colors of the church windows, people praying in the sanctuary, the statues of Jesus Christ, and designs of the church being built. Going inside the Sagrada Familia church was like going in another cathedral in Cologne, Germany. Inside the church, I got to see pictures of people lighting candles, being at a funeral celebrating a loved ones life, and attending a wedding to share happiness to all religions.
2. Park Guell
Once I entered the actual park, I got to see the beautiful view of the city, old houses where citizens from the 14th century lived, and sit on different colored shape stones. Looking at the view, I could see cruise ships, catholic churches, and the soccer stadium. Going to Park Guell, felt like taking a gondola up top to the mountains seeing the town or city I am visiting.
3. Casa Mila
Another good location to see beautiful architecture of Barcelona is Casa Mila. In the attic, I saw circular statues of people who lived in the building, and climbed different stair-cases. After entering the building, I could see the beautiful sky change without a retractable roof covering the top of the building. Going inside the building, I saw pictures of the people who owned the building and the type of life they lived during their generation. Going inside the house, I felt like this was a place where I could own a big house, live a good life and have all of my favorite things provided.
Submitted by Maddie Rambicourt - Winona State University | February 14, 2018
This was the most amazing experience, I honestly can't emphasize enough how great my program was and it's staff! They were very accommodating and made everything feel so comfortable. The class work was challenging but not impossible. Salamanca is an amazing small town and really gives you the feel what life would be like as a native Spaniard. This town was full of history and was VERY safe.
Study & travel summer program with AIFS
Submitted by Brittney Schrader - Southern Illinois University Edwardsville | January 17, 2018
I was hanging out in my local comic and games store one night in December 2015 talking with some schoolmates, when the topic of travel came up. One woman, a history major, overheard me say that I had always wanted to visit Italy and told me about a faculty led trip to Florence every summer. I went home that evening and looked into it first thing. During my search for this program, however, I came across a listing for "European Art and Architecture" with American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) and found myself intrigued by the idea of not just studying abroad in one location, but several! In just four weeks during Summer of 2016, I would travel through London, Amsterdam, Bruges, Paris, Lucerne, Venice, Florence, and Rome and see up close and in person some of the most famous works of western art and historical artifacts from all over the world.
A study and travel program is a bit different in structure and feel than a "traditional" study abroad experience. By traditional, I am referring to what many think of when the words 'study abroad' come up: placement in a single location, living in either a Homestay (with a host family) or dorm, and living fully immersed in a particular culture for a semester or year. On a study and travel program, there's an element of being both a student and tourist at the same time. AIFS has an incredible all-inclusive strategy in their program costs, from housing and some meals, to excursions and even an optional flight plan, so once I was there I didn't have to worry about anything but learning. I was in a different place in Europe every 4-5 days over the course of the month long excursion, so I didn't get to experience each location to the point where I could feel like a "local". We stayed in a range of housing situations, ranging from a 16th century Venetian palace-turned-hotel to an international student youth hostel that came with a host of challenges. Each housing situation, however, provided a unique look into an entirely different culture of its own. While I have traveled to a number of locations within the United States, prior to this trip I had yet to have ever set foot on an airplane. The methods of travel and expectations in lodging that I have always been accustomed to were irrelevant in this new atmosphere. One might not think that a hotel has a whole lot to teach about a culture, but there's definitely something to be said about it.
A big part of being on a program like this one is learning personal responsibility and independence. Even though we were in a group setting for most of excursions, my classmates and I were in many situations where we were given free time to do as we wished with an expectation of being in the next location by a certain time. This left us with the freedom to explore parts of each city to our personal interests, but also challenged us to utilize local systems of travel and communication to manage our time wisely and responsibly.
Despite being a group that was touring Europe's most iconic museums, the itinerary was far more than what could be expected from a vacation-tour package. Each day after breakfast we attended a lecture given by our phenomenal professor and guide, and then spent the afternoon in at least one museum or landmark historical site engaged in discussions and analyzation of masterwork western art and architecture. The content structure was well suited for all knowledge levels in art and art history, and the idea of being in several places where English was not the primary language was not as daunting as it seems. I was able to quickly learn the phrases that would assist me in utilizing public transportation and communicate my needs, but most of my best experiences came from just communicating with locals and connecting on a deeper level than words can describe.
AIFS provides staff at every single one of their program locations to offer support and and guidance to students, so aside from our professor the group was also accompanied by a tour manager based out of the AIFS London office. Both faculty members on the trip had years of experience living, teaching, and learning from each of the locations we visited, so my classmates and I were able to get the inside scoop on embracing the local cultures. On the last day of class, we were given an opportunity to provide our own feedback that would aid in shaping the program for the coming years. Overall, I could not recommend AIFS enough for a fantastic study abroad experience.