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 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 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 captivating Stellenbosch with AIFS. Earn up to 15 credits studying at the University of Stellenbosch. Courses are taught in English. Choose...
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
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 an exciting and completely enriching summer traveling to major cities in five different countries - London, England; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Paris, France; Lausanne,...
American Institute For Foreign Study Reviews
Studying through AIFS in Barcelona changed my life
Submitted by Michella Mousaed - Mount Saint Mary's University - Los Angeles | May 16, 2018
AIFS provided more than just staff, it provided a AIFS family that provided life advice from day one. They made us feel at home and more connected with our AIFS classmates through excursions and through small events like the Thanksgiving Dinner abroad. Inma, the Resident Host allowed me to learn local life by teaching us one of the official folk dances in the region called Sevillanas, and really assisted us from day one until the last day on how to adjust to living abroad. I felt like I was never truly alone because of the advice I received from Inma and the directors back home.
I was assigned a safe and secure housing location with friendly neighbors and walking distance to one of the historic buildings of the UAB campuses. I was also four blocks away from the Sagrada Família, which provided me with accessible transportation around the city through metro. AIFS also provided me with life long friendships and students I still communicate with until today. I learned how to step out of my comfort zone and try new foods like various paellas, tapas, and crema catalana. AIFS even provided a cooking class to learn how to create these foods and I was able to take those skills and apply them to my cooking in my apartment. AIFS provided all the necessary tools and appliances to live in an apartment in the city and even payed for the water bill. There was a washer in included in the apartment which made life a bit easier and a television and books were provided to create a seamless transition from back home to one's new home in Spain.
I learned how to navigate the metro system alone with to Inma's help and I became accustomed to transition three lines on metro to navigate myself over to my classes in the morning. I also got to learn how to explore different stops on my own to find a nice gluten-free bakery on the outskirts of Barcelona.
Inma always had food suggestions if one wanted to try out different foods and the professors were very helpful in providing tips for roaming around the city.
I enjoyed my classes due to the fact that each professor brought in an additional outside component to the classroom. Some professors used international case studies, others brought in experienced guest speakers to the classroom. I got to sing a Spanish song with my Spanish class and pitch my group's business proposal to a local real estate business.
Overall, AIFS opened my eyes to the possibility of starting a career in international business, adapting to foreign cultures, and transforming into my true form a confident unstoppable woman who can travel anywhere in the world independently.
My spring semester in Granada: growing from mistakes
Submitted by MissTyree122 - Howard University | May 15, 2018
If there’s one thing I can say the six months I spent in Granada, it’s that even with half a year ahead of you, you never have enough time. That’s probably my only regret being abroad: I allowed myself to become comfortable in my routines and kept saying “oh, whatever it is, I have time to do it later”. AIFS is an amazing program, and I’m glad I chose them for my semester abroad. The flight package is honestly what sold me - it really took away a lot of the stress and pressure of trying to find tickets at an affordable price, and gave me the chance to visit London before we arrived in Spain. Another reason I chose to go to Granada was because of the internship component offered, as well as chances to volunteer in the city and go on excursions throughout Spain. This takes me back to my earlier point, though: when there’s so much to do, you can’t keep telling yourself you’ll have time to do it later. The couple of times I skipped on a walking tour, or stayed in my room when my friends went out, I never got that opportunity back. The amazing thing a trip with AIFS is how many chances they give you to take it all in. The best thing you can do is take every single one, because 6 months later, at the end of the program, you’re going to be so grateful for every second you spent in Granada.
The best 3 months of my life
Submitted by Erin Cummiskey - University of Puget Sound | May 15, 2018
Salzburg, Austria is a criminally underrated location for a study abroad semester. It has been my experience that few Americans know that much Salzburg and Austria as a whole, which is disappointing because Austria is rightly nicknamed by some "the hidden gem of Europe." However, I would recommend Salzburg to anyone who is wondering where to go for their study abroad location.
Austria is in the smack-dab middle of Europe, which makes traveling to other countries very easy and very cheap (I traveled to nine other countries during the semester, not including the trips I took around Austria itself). Austria is also gorgeous and is a good option for any nature-lover, as the country features the greenest meadows you've ever seen, plus idyllic lakes, mountains, forests, and old Byzantine cathedrals dotting its countryside. Skiing was a very popular and accessible option for several of the students in my program. Salzburg itself is chock-full of activities that are easy to reach via public transportation or by foot; you could eat breakfast at Cafe Tomaselli, which was Mozart's favorite cafe in which to compose his music (I highly recommend their ham and cheese omelets), or bus to Untersberg and hike the mountain, or visit the fortress in the middle of town, or walk around the Mirabell Gardens which were featured in The Sound of Music, or sit on the banks of the Salzach River to sunbathe or read between classes; the list goes on and on. Other students and I often visited the cozy Shamrock Irish Pub for Tuesday night karaoke or the Augustiner Bräustübl when we wanted a little night-life. Since I studied abroad in the spring semester, we had the opportunity to attend the raising of the Maypole at the end of the semester, which is a regional tradition and was arguably one of the best days of the entire trip. Additionally, Salzburg has a more small-town, pastoral atmosphere than other popular locations; you could spend the entire 3 months in Salzburg without ever seeing a skyscraper. The people are nice and no-nonsense, and while you will have ample opportunities to practice German, almost everyone speaks perfect English, so the difference in language was not intimidating or difficult to overcome.
The American Institute of Foreign Study (AIFS) not only made this semester possible, but also extremely comfortable; the Salzburg team at home in the States and on-site in Salzburg was incredibly supportive, kind, knowledgable, and involved without being at all smothering or controlling. Take advantage of the excursions included in the AIFS Salzburg package (which include weekend trips to Vienna, Munich, Prague, Innsbruck, and Hallstatt - all absolutely beautiful locations). Also, AIFS offers a flight package that includes a stop-over in London on the way over to Salzburg after departure from the United States, which was a wonderful way to meet the other students in the program, become acquainted to traveling, and explore a fabulous city that I have always wanted to visit. AIFS Salzburg offers both homestay and residence hall options for housing, so students do not have to limit themselves to one or the other in order to study abroad. I chose the residence hall option and was assigned to live in Institut St. Sebastian, which is a still-operating church in the middle of historic Salzburg with beautiful living facilities, a five-minute walk from all cultural sites and a ten-minute bus ride from school. The residence hall options give students the ability to live with both American and Austrian students, and I became very close with the other students in my program as a result. Two meals a day are also included in the program fee and are put on an easy-to-use meal card.
The classes offered through the program gave me an opportunity to learn subjects I never would have delved into on my home campus (I took literature, music history, art history, history of fascism in Europe and beyond, and a sociology course contemporary Austrian culture). We spent several days outside of the classroom, walking around the historic city center to explore churches, museums, and even Mozart's birthplace during class-time. In the art history course, we took field trips to a dairy factory, a rug-weaving shop, and a family-owned shop in town that made Dirndl and Lederhosen. The classes are taught in English for the most part, but there are a few opportunities to take courses taught in German, and homework was mostly presentation-based with a few exams and papers.
All in all, AIFS Salzburg provides students with a wonderful opportunity to travel in a highly supported, structured way. GO TO SALZBURG. You won't regret it.
A great time
Submitted by Anonymous - Washington State University | April 20, 2018
Everyone needs to go abroad. It is awesome experiencing so many cultures. Professors while abroad are very helpful and care their students. I really enjoyed getting to know my professors and learning not only class content but also from their real life experiences. Traveling on the weekends was obviously my favorite part of this experience. I was able to visit a bunch of different countries. Wish I could stay longer.
Experience of a lifetime
Submitted by Jasmine Darakjy - Washington State University | April 20, 2018
This experience not only provided with me with the best four months of my life, it also challenged me and made me a better individual. If you have the chance, studying abroad is the best education one can receive.