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
Life in Spain
Submitted by Bryce Geels - Universitat Pompeu Fabra | March 19, 2018
I had a great time. The program directors were always willing to help and achieve whatever needed to be done. The school was difficult but very good for my academics and will look very good on my resume. I loved the culture. The people, the food, and the lifestyle were very enriching to partake in.
Submitted by Savannah Furia - UNIVERSITY OF NORTH DAKOTA | March 19, 2018
I had such a great semester at AIFS. They truly made the experience a memorable one, and I am so happy I did the program through them. It was incredible! The staff was so helpful, the people were so nice and the school was challenging but so worth it. You make lifelong friends and learn so many things outside of school. The cultural immersion you face is amazing, and gives you completely different outlooks on life.
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.