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...
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Study abroad for a semester or academic year in the lively capital of San José with AIFS. Earn up to 23 credits through courses taught in English or Spanish at Veritas University,...
American Institute For Foreign Study Reviews
Best four months of my life in Barcelona with AIFS
Submitted by Greta - University of Alabama | January 13, 2018
My time in Barcelona with AIFS was without a doubt, the best four months of my life, and the most valuable of all of my college experiences. I chose AIFS initially because they were the cheapest option of all of the programs that I looked at. However, after becoming a part of the AIFS family, I really can say that I chose the best program, and not just the most affordable. Every aspect of studying abroad with AIFS blew me away. Being all inclusive, they made it so easy for me. My apartment was beautiful and only three blocks away from La Sagrada Familia. My resident director and onsite staff were so wonderful. When I woke up one morning with pink eye, they had a doctors appointment made for me less than an hour after I emailed them, and someone from the office met me at the metro to take me to the appointment. When I went on the optional excursion to Switzerland, I spent the entire day snowboarding alongside the ever patient Jen, who, despite me being a terrible, falling mess, stayed with me for the entire day, and we had the best time! The onsite staff had free activities arranged every weekend for people who stayed in the city. The included activities were abundant and amazing, and optional excursions were fantastic as well! )Pro tip: don't skip the trip to Montserrat. It's included, and without a doubt, one of the best things I did abroad.) I really have only good things to say about this city and these people. I can't wait for the day I get to go back to Barcelona, and I will without a doubt go back and visit my incredible Barcelona staff.
A pivotal life experience
Submitted by Molly Dexter - Point Loma Nazarene University | January 11, 2018
This experience living in South Africa for five months was one of the most influential moment of my life so far. It was a completely pivotal experience in terms of my career. South Africa is an extremely diverse country, with eleven national languages, and the program really provided me with opportunities to experience this. I loved the simplicity of the every day life there and how easy it was to travel to another city to meet people with a completely different language. I was able to attend a highly respected school, but also learned about the historical ties it has to Apartheid. People were so willing to talk about the political and social climate, which was extremely crucial for me as a political science major. I felt that I wasn't just visiting another country, but that I was immersing myself into a different culture. That included learning about the history, the current politics, and how to support positive change that was taking place. The opportunities I was given to learn about and experience the every day lives of South Africans were the memories that I hold closest now. My specific study abroad experience gave me direction for my life and I believe that I found my purpose in life there.
My greatest adventure
Submitted by Kassandra Blaschak - Drake University | January 09, 2018
When I stepped off the plane in Barcelona, Spain, I had no idea that I was beginning the best four months of my life. I was filled with nerves, excitement, fear, and everything in between! However AIFS was the umbrella in my storm of a semester! The AIFS on site staff gave me the support and guidance necessary to thrive while exploring the beautiful city I got to call home. Inma, Ana, and Jen were not just program directors, they quickly became my friends. They were the ones who took me to the hospital while I was sick and could not communicate in Catalan with the doctors. They provided safety tips on how to survive in a country I did not know the language. Most importantly they supported me in traveling to twelve different countries and stepping outside of my comfort zone. I could not have had a better study abroad experience and I owe a great majority of that to AIFS. Classes are different abroad. A history class is no longer a boring lecture in a class room but a walking tour of the streets that ancient events have occurred. Art class no longer consists of painting on a table but spray painting graffiti on the streets of Barcelona. Business classes are no longer a session of note taking but engaging discussions with professors who have traveled to all of the places they speak about. Learning in Barcelona is a never ending adventure. From hiking El Bunkers to dancing around La Sagrada Familia, I hope you choose to take a chance and study abroad through AIFS in Barcelona. I can promise, it will be the best decision you ever make.
Best location possible
Submitted by Rachel - University of Minnesota Duluth | January 02, 2018
AIFS provides the best location in London to study in. Just steps from Hyde Park, London's largest Royal Park and steps from Kensington Palace, home to William and Kate (and now Harry and Meghan!). Campus is also steps from two tube stations giving you the ability to be anywhere in London within a half hour. Also just steps away from Kensington High Street, filled with both high-end shops and a variety of restaurants you can find anything you need. The neighborhood is home to many celebrities including the Beckham family! When I was there some people actually ran into David on the Street. The Borough of Kensington and Chelsea is also the most expensive borough in all of London, I never felt unsafe while walking the streets.
Other than the location, the staff is absolutely wonderful, the two Resident Directors Nicki and Anderson were like family to me. They will help you with anything from homesickness to school.
My only complain would be the food in the dining hall, but that made me go out and explore all the tastes London has to offer.
A life changing experience in Praha
Submitted by Nadia Hucko - University of Vermont | December 24, 2017
Being born in Slovakia, Czech Republic's neighbor, I had never visited Prague and was very nervous about going 4,000 miles away from home for four and a half months. Before arriving in Prague, I signed up for the London stopover program through AIFS. When I arrived at the airport, an AIFS staff member was there to pick me up and help me with my luggage (which of course, I had plenty of!) Doing the London stopover was not only a nice way to visit London, but a chance to meet other students in my program. The VŠE program only had 9 students, 5 of which did the stopover. From London on, the 5 of us became amazing and close friends.
My overall experience in Prague was magical. The city itself has so much history, beautiful architecture, and yummy food to keep you on your toes for a minimum of four months. Everyday I would walk around Old Town Square and simply smile. It felt like a dream being in such a mesmerizing city. The AIFS staff, Maike, Renata, Karin, Zdenek, and Jenny were some of the kindest and most genuine people I've ever be fortunate enough to meet. They were always informing us of shows, games, ballets, and operas and if we wanted to go, they had tickets available for us. When I got sick, Renata helped me set up a doctors appointment and gave me directions on where to go. I can't thank them enough for their kindness.
AIFS made everything extremely simple. From the application process, to being abroad, to coming home; everything was handled professionally and easily. My only regret was that I didn't do a year with AIFS and in Prague!