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...
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,...
Spend the summer traveling to London, Amsterdam, Paris, Lausanne, Venice, Florence and Rome, the historic art and architectural centers of Europe. Earn 3 credits taking European...
American Institute For Foreign Study Reviews
The Costa Rican Experience with AIFS
Submitted by Courtney - University of South Carolina | August 18, 2017
Almost exactly a year ago, I was given the wonderful opportunity to study abroad in San José, Costa Rica with AIFS. When I thought studying abroad I thought new adventures, new foods, and new friends. Of course, I wasn't thinking all of the little details and paperwork that actually go into making the dream of going abroad into a reality. That's where AIFS came in. They eased the transition from my home campus in the United States to the Costa Rican campus where I took my classes for my semester abroad. They guided us through each step along the way, whether it be something as simple as locating a grocery store in the neighborhood we were placed in, or as complicated as applying for a Visa. With AIFS, I knew that I always had someone to turn to when questions arose before, during, and after my time abroad. Plus, the fact that AIFS provides staff on-site to help with anything that happens while abroad was a lifesaver. I unfortunately got sick while abroad, but the AIFS staff was there to walk with me to the doctor, to help me with the insurance papers, and to pick up my medicine. They gave us all the support we needed, but also freedom to explore the beautiful country that is Costa Rica.
My Time in Athens, Greece
Submitted by Kate - Carroll University | August 13, 2017
I absolutely loved my time in Athens, Greece! The administrative staff was very supportive and quick to help out with any needs of ours. The professor I had for my class was very intelligent and understanding of our needs. With our classroom being predominately outside he paid attention to the weather for the day and made adjustments if needed. He was very well informed of the subject matter he taught. The population of Athens is very friendly and helpful to any lost travelers like I was. I could write on and on my time in Greece- I absolutely loved my time abroad.
Bridging the cultures
Submitted by Sundas Hussain - University of South Carolina | July 25, 2017
As a girl who is a first generation from Pakistani Immigrants, I was raised with the best of both cultures in America. I learned to love both American burgers and Pakistani curries. Having the opportunity to spend three weeks in Barcelona to learn more soccer, a sport that I had already grew up loving and started to follow the Spanish La Liga since 2012, allowed me to learn how the local Barcelonians and Catalan people live. The locals are all very helpful when it came to getting directions back to my apartment my first week in Barcelona to practicing the Spanish that I was picking up along the way. Being able to try the local cuisine like croquettes, and seafood with my roommates and some of the other girls from the 4- and 6-week programs was really nice. It was also really cool to learn not just how the Catalan people wanted their independence for the past half century or so as well as how the 1992 Summer Olympics as allowed the entire country to unite for a major event and bring a lot of infrastructure to come to Barcelona to make it what it is today. Having also seen Sagrada Familia, Port Olimpic, La Rambla, Plaza Catalunya, La Barceloneta, Park Guell, Casa Batllo, Casa Mila and countless other historical sites allowed me to like the city a little bit better even though as a Madridista, I still preferred the optional weekend visit to Madrid that I took with 22 other people.
Fun in Barcelona!
Submitted by Sandra - University of Alabama | July 23, 2017
Awesome experience, highly recommend! I would definitely return back. Super thankful for the opportunity. Great teachers and great administration. Fun classes and quick walk to school. Only suggestion would be supplying the living accommodations in cleaner conditions.
Submitted by Erika Siao - UC Berkeley | July 22, 2017
I had a wonderful time exploring Barcelona and immersing myself in its cuisine and culture. Living with a homestay allowed me to become conversational in Spanish and truly understand what it's like to be a local. It was unbelievable how much I learned and experienced in such a short period of time. I'd highly recommend taking a summer abroad in this amazing city :~)