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Spain

AIFS Study Abroad in Barcelona, UAB: Semester or Year

Spend a semester or academic year in the modern and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the

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France

AIFS Study Abroad in Cannes: Summer

Spend the summer in the sunny and cosmopolitan city of Cannes with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 13 credits through a variety of courses studying at the Collège International...

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Czech Republic

AIFS Study Abroad in Prague, Charles University: Semester

Spend a semester or academic year in the picturesque city of Prague with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 18 credits through a variety of courses studying at Charles University....

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England

AIFS Study Abroad in London: Semester or Year

Spend a semester or academic year in the classic city of London with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 12 credits through a variety of courses studying at Richmond, the American

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Austria

AIFS Gap Year Programs: Salzburg, Austria (Semester/Year)

Spend a semester or academic year in the charming, peaceful city of Salzburg with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 17 credits through a variety of courses studying at the University...

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Czech Republic

AIFS Study Abroad in Prague: Summer

Spend the summer in the picturesque city of Prague with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 9 credits through a variety of courses studying at Charles University. Courses are taught...

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Spain

AIFS Study Abroad in Barcelona, UPF: Semester or Year

Spend a semester or academic year in the modern and cosmopolitan city of Barcelona with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the

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Italy

AIFS Study Abroad in Rome: Semester or Year

Spend a semester or academic year in the vibrant and historic city of Rome with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 19 credits through a variety of courses studying at Richmond, the...

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Spain

AIFS Study Abroad in Granada: Semester or Year

Spend a semester or academic year in the charming and captivating city of Granada with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the University...

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Spain

AIFS Study Abroad in Salamanca: Semester or Year

Spend a semester or academic year in the picturesque city of Salamanca with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses studying at the University of...

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South Africa

AIFS Study Abroad in South Africa: Semester or Year

Spend a semester or academic year in the captivating city of Stellenbosch with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 15 credits through a variety of courses at the University of Stellenbosch....

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France

AIFS Study Abroad in Grenoble, Language & Culture: Semester

Spend a semester or academic year in the idyllic city of Grenoble with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 16 credits through a variety of courses studying at the University of Grenoble....

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Italy

AIFS Study Abroad in Florence: Semester or Year

Spend a semester or academic year in the classic city of Florence with AIFS. You’ll earn up to 16 credits through a variety of courses studying at Richmond, the American...

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Multiple Countries

AIFS Study Abroad Art & Architecture Program: Summer

Spend the summer traveling to London, Amsterdam, Paris, Lucerne, Venice, Florence and Rome, the historic art and architectural centers of Europe. You’ll earn 3 credits

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American Institute For Foreign Study Reviews

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

An incredible experience!

I had a great experience studying abroad with AIFS! AIFS was incredibly helpful throughout the entire application process. I personally had a lot of questions about getting my visa and AIFS answered all my questions via email right away. Then, once abroad, I felt very supported with AIFS. I would visit the AIFS office in Salamanca almost everyday whether to ask specific questions or just talk.

Salamanca was the perfect city to study abroad in! It is not too big that you have to take a metro. Instead, you can walk anywhere in Salamanca, but it's also not too small that it only takes you five minutes to get from one side of the city to the other. It has a very safe feel to the city and I never felt unsafe, even at night. Also, Salamanca is well known as a university city, which makes it an even better city to study abroad in. I was able to make American friends within my program and also Spanish students who live in Salamanca who are my age. Intercambios, or language exchanges, are very common here and a great way to meet and practice Spanish with the locals.

I strongly suggest living with a host family. I had the best experience and truly feel like I gained a second family while abroad. I got to eat authentic, home-cooked meals every day and consistently practice my Spanish. My host family also gave me great recommendations for the best places to go around the city. I still keep in touch with my host family and I love knowing that I will always have a place to go when I visit Salamanca.

Program: AIFS Gap Year Programs: Salamanca, Spain (Semester/Year)

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    9

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Best way to start the year off

This was an amazing experience. Opened my eyes to a lot. It was a beautiful place and great experience. I would do it all over again. Made me appreciate life more and the earth more. I loved being around all the animals and all of the excursions we got to do.

Program: AIFS Study Abroad in the Galapagos: January Term

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    10

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    10

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

The best decision of my life!

Studying abroad in Florence the Spring semester of my Junior year was the best decision I could have made. This kind of experience is truly life-changing as cliche as that sounds. The opportunities you are offered are incredible. With the help of Simona (the volunteer/internship coordinator), I volunteered at Santa Maria del Fiore and it was incredible!! I gave tours to locals and tourists every Wednesday in the famous cathedral. In preparation, I memorized a 20 page packet of history and then gave free tours. I learned from the locals that have been volunteering for years. I definitely would have regretted not volunteering and I am so glad I made the choice to step out of my comfort zone and do it.

The other major seller for this program is the out-of-this-world meal plan. We ate at authentic Florentine restaurants all of the time with our tickets and spent almost nothing on food besides what we paid at the beginning of the semester for the meal plans. If you decide you don't want to eat out, you can also exchange your tickets for "gift cards" to the local grocers and cook at your apartment. You also got to attend cooking classes/baking classes and eat what you made at the end of the lesson which were offered often. It's a win-win-win! I truly immersed myself in the culture of dining because of the meal plan. If I went abroad again, I wouldn't go without one like this. It was that incredible!

Lastly, you meet people from all over the US and get to interact with locals. I truly felt like I was apart of the city while I was there and truly cannot rave enough about how great this program is. The staff of your program on the ground is so integral and their staff at Richmond was so caring and committed themselves to giving us the best experience possible. If you want to study in Florence, it doesn't get better than this!

Program: AIFS Study Abroad in Florence: Semester or Year

Overall Rating

10 / 10

  • Academics

    5

  • Living Situation

    10

  • Cultural Immersion

    5

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    10

  • Social Life

    10

Applying studies to world travel

The premise of studying abroad anywhere is fulfilling your credits and making time to travel the world. Going to Ecuador and the Galapagos was a very memorable, fun, enjoyable, and amazing travel experience. Traveling the globe is all about learning the history, culture, and life of the countries you go to. I took a three credit course on Ecosystems and Biodiversity at USFQ Universidad San Francisco de Quito at the extension campus on San Cristobal Island in the Galapagos. During my time in the Galapagos, I went snorkeling, hiking, and swimming. When I was in Quito, I went to a pottery museum and a wildlife museum where I got to reach the equator of our planet. Travel experiences are the snapshots of life with good and bad moments. Now that I have been to 25 countries, I plan to travel as much as I can and surpass my dad's all time travel records.

Program: AIFS Study Abroad in the Galapagos: January Term

Overall Rating

8 / 10

  • Academics

    7

  • Living Situation

    5

  • Cultural Immersion

    4

  • Program Administration

    10

  • Health and Safety

    6

  • Social Life

    7

Give something new a chance

Going into to my trip I really did not know what to expect. I tried to go in to it with a very open mind because I knew that I was going to be doing things that I have never experienced before. Once we got to the islands it really wasn't what I thought it was going to be. When I think of warm weather and islands I think of sky high hotels and little shops everywhere. When we were driving from the airport to the university it was very different than I thought. It was a lot of locally own shops and houses. The university was awesome with a beach right across the street. To food was very different it was a lot of chicken rice and then also fish and rice. You just have to be open when the food is put in front of you and not think about what you are eating. If you don't like something that you host family feeds you, make sure that you tell them because then they wont make it again. I really enjoyed all of the food that my host family made and didn't have any problems with it. The water CANNOT be drank on the island, the people who live on the island don't drink it either. Just make sure when you fill up your water that you don't use the sink. The homestays were fun but also very different. In my experience I was placed into a homestay that did not speak any English, I put on my sheet that I needed them to speak English because I took French and I do not know any Spanish, thank goodness that I was able to talk to sarah and get a new homestay who could speak English. So what I learned from this is that if you are not comfortable in your homestay and have something wrong with and then say something right away because it can be fixed. You are not going to want to live somewhere that is uncomfortable for the 9 days that you will be with them. Another thing that I learned from the homestays is that you should maybe learn a little Spanish before you leave because it will be very helpful. Also download a Spanish English app, it will help you with speaking with your family!

Program: AIFS Study Abroad in the Galapagos: January Term

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