Study Abroad with AIFS
 

May 2016

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International Perspectives

American Institute For Foreign Study

Meet AIFS at NAFSA!

All of us at AIFS Study Abroad are looking forward to visiting with our colleagues at the NAFSA Conference in Denver.

Please stop by our booth in the Exhibit Hall – #1519 – where you can visit with staff from the U.S. and abroad and review copies of our recent publications.

These Resident Directors will be attendance:

  • Monica Giovannini, AIFS Florence
  • Ingrid Schmidbauer-Stengel, AIFS Salzburg
  • Nele Thomsen, AIFS Berlin

If you would like to schedule a meeting with a Resident Director to learn more about these programs, please contact John Hylton at jhylton@aifs.com.

AIFS Staff Presentations
Angela Manginelli will present on Current Trends in Education Abroad Alumni Programming, Tuesday, May 31 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM. This pre-conference workshop familiarizes participants with current education abroad alumni programming, with special attention paid to curricular and co-curricular activities, and returnee conferences coordinated by the education abroad office. Participants will develop individual engagement plans for their offices, based on replicable models discussed.

Richmond, The American International University in London in Exhibit Hall
A collaborative AIFS partner, Richmond, The American University (with campuses in London, Rome, and Florence) will also exhibit (Booth #1756) in Denver. Academic Director and Professor Dominic Alessio, Dean of International Programmes, and Monica Giovannini, Director of the Florence campus, will be in attendance. Richmond, a 4-year Liberal Arts and Middle States-accredited institution in the heart of London, welcomes degree-seeking student from around the world as well as U.S. students who study abroad for one or two semesters (or summer term). Richmond is also seeking U.S. partner schools for 2+2 year degree programs.

All of us at AIFS look forward to seeing you in Denver!

In this Issue

 

Meet AIFS at NAFSA!

 

AIFS Offers Customized Faculty-Led Programs

 

Join an AIFS Site Visit to Ireland or Costa Rica

 

AIFS Study Abroad and University of Connecticut Collaborate to Develop Jewish Latin America Program in Buenos Aires

 

Resident Director Interview with Nele Thomsen – Berlin, Germany

 

 

AIFS Offers Customized Faculty-Led Programs

AIFS Offers Customized Faculty-Led Programs

Want to learn more about AIFS customized programs? Schedule a meeting time with us at the upcoming NASFA conference in Denver. Contact Ann Hubbard at ahubbard@aifs.com or (203) 399-5581. Unable to meet in Denver? AIFS offers online meetings, held at your convenience. Contact Ann Hubbard to arrange a time.

Look to AIFS for your faculty-led programs. AIFS began supporting customized programming shortly after our we were founded in 1964. While our destinations have grown over the decades, our commitment to high-quality has remained steadfast:

  • A collaborative approach that supports your academic goals
  • Expert staff who can recommend relevant in-country resources and site visits for your course
  • Attention to students' intercultural learning
  • Collaboration in establishing a successful schedule for each day's activities
  • Classroom space, access to technology
  • Flexibility to include the program features you want
  • A program fee guaranteed in U.S. dollars, with no currency fluctuation to worry about
  • Comprehensive student and faculty support services, including an in-depth orientation upon arrival by experienced on-site staff
  • AIFS management of all aspects of student health and safety, risk management

Join an AIFS Site Visit to Ireland or Costa Rica

Join an AIFS Site Visit to Ireland or Costa Rica

Broaden your staff and faculty members' knowledge of the world through visits to our program sites. Education abroad professionals know that having good on-site knowledge of programs is to key to successful student advising. AIFS arranges site visits to select program sites each semester.

Registrants from AIFS Affiliate institutions may request AIFS support for their participation; funding is limited. Participants also may elect to register for site visits at their own cost. For more information on Affiliation with AIFS, click here.

Limerick & Dublin
November 5 - 12, 2016
Deadline to register: August 19th, 2016

San Jose, Costa Rica
February 12 - 16, 2017
Deadline to register: December 19, 2016

AIFS Study Abroad and University of Connecticut Collaborate to Develop Jewish Latin America Program in Buenos Aires

AIFS Study Abroad and University of Connecticut Collaborate to Develop Jewish Latin America Program in Buenos Aires

From 1492 and the Inquisition and Expulsion from Spain until contemporary issues in the 21st century, Latin American Jewish Studies is a window to understanding major historical, political, religious and economic trends in many of the countries from Mexico to Argentina. Students will explore and examine the city with a focus on human rights and migration as themes of global importance and take courses on Latin American Jewish Literature and Jewish History in Latin America, and will be immersed in the region's languages and cultures. Some areas that define Latin American Jewish Studies and will be part of the curriculum in this unique program:

  • The interaction between the Church and the rights of non-Christians in Latin American society, the rise of unique, hybrid religious identities commonly known as "Crypto-Jews"
  • "Crypto-Jews" emerged in Spain during the 15th century Inquisition in Spain and Portugal, then fled to Latin American countries
  • The rise of agricultural settlements and Jewish gauchos on the Argentine Pampas
  • The rise of a new Anti-Judaism and Anti- Semitism in Latin America
  • Post WWII Nazi and neo Nazi movements
  • The creation of Latin American Jewish cultural and secular identities
  • Jewish Latin American music, literature and much more.

Resident Director Interview with Nele Thomsen – Berlin, Germany

Resident Director Interview with Nele Thomsen – Berlin, Germany

Meet Nele Thomson, the AIFS Resident Director in Berlin! Originally from Hamburg, Nele has been living and working in Berlin for over ten years and has been a valuable resource for AIFS students studying abroad in this fascinating city.

What are your favorite highlights of the Berlin programs?

As far as our visits go: The Olympic Stadium from 1936 and the visit to the nearby town of Potsdam with the castles and parks. Apart from that: students realizing they study at the university where amongst others Einstein and Schrödinger taught at.

What are AIFS students most apprehensive about when they first arrive in Berlin, and how do you help them through this?

In the beginning they feel cut off from their families and friends, they are missing their puppies and are out of their comfort zone. I try to organize a lot of activities in the first few days to keep students busy and help them acclimate and make friends among the group. When they have started with their new routine of studying abroad, they usually let themselves enjoy their new adventure without being weighed down by missing everyone.

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