AIFS Study Abroad - Newsletter, December 2014
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An Irish Thanksgiving
Student Journal: Florence
Study Abroad Tweets
Photo Contest Winners

Where Will You Study Abroad in Summer 2015?

Keep warm this holiday season with thoughts of studying abroad next summer! Whether you're considering eclectic Turkey, sunny Spain, breath-taking South Africa, or any of our other great summer locations, we have the perfect program for you.

Next summer, you can spend 3–12 weeks (beginning as early as May) immersing yourself in a new culture and having a life-changing educational experience.

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Questions? Contact an Admissions Advisor at 800.727.2437 or email

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Heading home for the holidays? Take advantage of your winter break and start preparing for the best semester of your college career! We are currently accepting applications for Fall 2015 and Spring 2016. Submit your application to secure a place on your first choice program!

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Have any questions about studying abroad that you'd like to talk to us about? Schedule a personal phone consultation to get the information you need at a time that's convenient for you!

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Scholarship Opportunity for 2015/16 Semester Students

The AIFS Foundation has donated five $5,000 scholarships to the Fund for Education Abroad (FEA) for study abroad semester programs during the 2015/16 academic year.

An additional $500 scholarship will be awarded by AIFS Study Abroad to any of these scholarship recipients who participate on an AIFS program.

Deadline to apply: January 16, 2015.

Apply now on the FEA website

Learn more: AIFS Scholarships

Blog: An Irish Thanksgiving

Blog: An Irish Thanksgiving

What's it like to be abroad for a big American holiday like Thanksgiving? Surprisingly wonderful. Alumni Ambassador Andrea Reith studied in Limerick, Ireland, and she shared her Irish Thanksgiving story with us:

Ireland does not celebrate the last Thursday of each November with a turkey, football, and a parade, but that doesn't mean that it can't host a memorable Thanksgiving. My Resident Director (though Irish) understood the significance that Thanksgiving holds in the hearts of Americans and planned a special dinner for our group. She arranged for a bus to pick us up and take us to Bunratty Castle (a castle older than our country) to dine!

Upon arrival we were greeted in the warmest possible way by actors, dressed as people from centuries ago, who offered us mead and bread with salt – an old Irish tradition believed to keep guests safe. We mingled in a room with tapestries that also predate our country as we enjoyed the company of those around us...

Read more: An Irish Thanksgiving

Student Journal: Volunteering in Florence

Student Journal: Volunteering in Florence

Charles Phalon, a student at Saint Michael's College who is studying abroad in Florence this fall semester, participated in Richmond's volunteer service program and worked among members of the Autism and Downs Association of Italy at I Ragazzi di Sipario, a restaurant in Florence:

I have been working among people with physical and mental disabilities for my whole life now. This was not outside of my comfort zone, but it did try me every week. I had to rely solely on my knowledge of the Italian language every week, for no one there spoke English. To reach the full experience, I even learned Italian sign language to be able to communicate with one of the employees. With every week came a new struggle, but with every new struggle came the rewarding realization that I am fortunate enough to even be in this position at just 21 years old.

Read more: Charles Phalon

Learn more about AIFS in Florence

The Best Study Abroad Tweets

The Best Study Abroad Tweets

AIFS has recently joined the Buzzfeed community, and we've been having fun putting together lists of some of our favorite study abroad topics! This month, check out some of our favorite Tweets about study abroad.

"Naming liam neeson as my emergency contact on my study abroad applications was the best idea I've had in a long time."
– @NataliaBoos

"I just realized that I need to learn the metric system before I study abroad, because what if I get a fever in France?! HOW WOULD I KNOW?!
– @pandagiggle

Read more: Best Study Abroad Tweets

Summer Photo Contest Winners Announced

Summer Photo Contest Winners Announced

The votes are in, and three lucky students have taken 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place in our Summer Photo contest! An additional three students have won the judge's prize, based on a vote by AIFS staff. Find out if your favorite photo was a winner by visiting AIFS on Facebook.

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