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American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS)
1 High Ridge Park
Stamford, CT 06905
Welcome to our colleagues in international education!
Thank you for visiting AIFS Study Abroad. We greatly value our many affiliate and partner institutions with whom we collaborate to provide students with study abroad opportunities that will better prepare them for the global marketplace. If you do not currently work with us, we would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the high quality programs and services we provide.
Since 1964, AIFS has been at the forefront of international education and study abroad, with a commitment to high academic standards, a singular focus on safe practices and a dedication to supporting students in ways that enables them to maximize their time abroad. In addition to our established semester, summer and January term programs that are available for your students, AIFS also can help you develop and deliver customized, faculty-led programs. After reviewing the information on our site, please contact us by phone or email if you would like additional information.
What’s New at AIFS?
New IIE AIFS Publication: A Parent Guide to Study Abroad
Studying abroad equips students with real-life, hands-on skills that no classroom can match, while opening up a world of personal and professional opportunities. This book, co-authored by international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, International Institute of Education (IIE) President Allan Goodman, and AIFS President and CEO William L. Gertz, contains critical information parents will need to inform themselves, as well as support their high school or college student as they navigate the study abroad experience. Full of practical information written specifically for parents, the authors make a strong case for the importance of parental involvement that can influence and shape a successful cross-cultural experience.
New AIFS Global Leaders Certificate
The AIFS Global Leaders Certificate is a unique new certification designed to help students set themselves apart and maximize the beneifts of studying abroad. Through the program, students demonstrate that they are well prepared to lead, live, work, and serve in diverse settings. To earn this certification, students explore their host culture by completing online modules before departure, engage with their host culture while abroad by living and/or volunteering in the local community, and share their experiences with their community in the U.S. upon their return.
New AIFS Publication: AIFS Study Abroad Outcomes: A View from Our Alumni 1990-2010
This publication compiles and examines the results of the AIFS Outcomes Survey, a study we conducted of our study abroad alumni from the last two decades. This report describes and analyzes how alumni regard the impact of their study abroad experience on their personal and professional lives and documents program participation trends between 1990 and 2010. It also examines international education trends and ways in which to prepare students for the global marketplace.
AIFS Partners with the Forum on Education Abroad and Dickinson College to Create First-Ever Special Collection of Education Abroad Historical Materials
The Forum on Education Abroad, in partnership with Dickinson College, the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), and the AIFS Foundation, has created the AIFS/AIFS Foundation Education Abroad Special Collection within the Archives and Special Collections Department of Dickinson College. The special collection is the first-ever repository of materials that contribute to an understanding of the history and development of the field of education abroad in U.S. higher education.The purpose of the special collection is to collect, preserve and make available for research primary and secondary materials relating to the history and development of U.S. education abroad, from its beginnings until and including the 1990s.
New IIE/AIFS Report: Women In the Global Economy: Leading Social Change
Women in the Global Economy: Leading Social Change explores the landscape of women’s participation in the economy and the key role that women play in fueling economic growth by creating stable societies. The book notes the trajectory of transformation that has gained a foothold in recent years, where investing in women is increasingly seen as a driver for social and economical development. The report also calls attention to significant challenges that continue to present themselves in the form of discriminatory laws, regulations and business conditions, along with women’s lack of property rights.
We have added January Term programs to our program offerings. These all-inclusive programs provide another great opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the local culture while earning 3 semester credits. January 2016 programs will run in San José, the Galápagos Islands, London, Grenoble/Chamonix, Paris, Berlin, Athens, Dublin, Florence, Rome, Barcelona, and Granada.
We also offer January Term customized programs. For information contact us today or visit www.aifspartnerships.com.
Martin Tillman joins the International Perspectives Editorial Team
In 2012 we relaunched our faculty newsletter, International Perspectives. We are pleased to add Martin Tillman to the Editorial team.
Martin is currently President of Global Career Compass, an international consultancy serving both students and international educators seeking to articulate the intercultural competencies gained through education abroad experiences. Martin’s expertise in international career development will provide valuable insight into the journey that study abroad students take after their initial education experience abroad; that is, their path to a career.