AIFS Study Abroad - Newsletter, September 2014
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Spring '15 Scholarships
2015/16 Catalogs
Spring Deadline: Oct. 1
New: Spanish & Soccer
An Alum Says Thanks
Cannes Film Festival
ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Apply for Spring Scholarships and Grants by September 15th

The Spring Scholarship and Grant deadline is just around the corner! Don't miss out on this opportunity to receive funding for your study abroad program.

Each year, AIFS distributes more than $600,000 in scholarships and grants. These awards include Affiliate Grants, Generation Study Abroad Scholarships, AIFS-HACU Scholarships, AIFS-NAFEO Scholarships, Diversity Abroad Scholarships, and more.

Also, log into the AIFS Portal to find out if your school is offering additional scholarships, including a $400 Affiliate Grant.

The deadline for most Spring scholarships is September 15th.

Learn more about scholarships and apply today.

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Request Your 2015/16 Catalogs

Request Your 2015/16 Catalogs Next year's semester and summer catalogs are hot off the press! Request your copies today and start learning all about 2015/16 programs.

Check out our new Summer 2015 programs:

Many of our summer programs now offer multiple sessions and new academic options. Check out the AIFS website to learn more about each program.

Want to start reading the catalog now? Log in or create a login to download catalog chapters immediately!

Spring and January Term 2015 Deadlines Begin October 1st

The Spring semester is just a few months away; where will you study abroad? Perhaps London, a truly international city and cultural center? Or India, where you can experience the exciting new sights and scents of Eastern culture? Whatever destination you choose, apply now while your first choice program has available spaces.

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View all Spring 2015 program locations

The 2015 January Term program deadline is also October 1st. Apply today to one of our 10 program locations!

View all January Term 2015 program locations

New Summer Program Spotlight: Granada Spanish and Soccer

New Summer Program Spotlight: Granada Spanish and Soccer

New for Summer 2015, AIFS is offering a program geared toward athletes that includes both intensive language preparation and sports training: the Granada Spanish and Soccer Program.

On this program, students spend two weeks taking an intensive Spanish language course, followed by six days of non-credit soccer training with professional Spanish coaches and seminars on topics including sports psychology, nutrition, and injury prevention. Students will visit the stadium of top league club Real Betis and also Las Rozas, training ground of Spain’s national soccer team.

In addition to the academic program, students participate in cultural and social activities including a guided tour of the Alhambra Palace and Albaicin.

Learn more about the Granada Spanish and Soccer Program

Thank You from a Florence Alumna

Thank You from a Florence Alumna

AIFS in Florence alumna Jennifer Ou recently wrote a thoughtful letter to the Florence staff thanking them for everything they did to create an amazing study abroad experience for her. She also shared some of her lovely paintings of Florence.

Excerpt: When I came home, at first, I painted a lot – the Amalfi Coast, the view from Castello di Verazzano. I thought looking through all my pictures and painting them would help me re-live my memories and keep remembering, but I think it prolonged my time in adjusting back to American life. I am currently working part-time, painting part-time, and will be attending graduate school next year. Many things keep reminding me of Italy. I have shared my experience with so many, and you all made my time there so worthwhile. I gained so much more than I expected, and I believe it taught me to see all the possibilities and opportunities we have in life.

Read more and see Jennifer's paintings

Le 67e Festival de Cannes

Le 67e Festival de Cannes

During her Spring 2014 semester abroad, AIFS in Cannes alumna Margaret Platner got a behind-the-scenes look at the Cannes Film Festival during her internship as a blogger for a French website. Her experience as an intern included interviewing movie directors and producers, taking photos of festival events, and, of course, walking the red carpet. Read about her experience, including her desperate (but successful!) attempt to score tickets to a movie premiere.

Every day I would walk to the Palais des Festivals and towards the red carpet, photographing street life and interviewing film industry executives from all over the world regarding deals being made and their impression of festival life. Being able to talk to a producer from India, a director from South Africa, an agent from Croatia, and so on, was a wonderful culmination of my time at the Collège. The Collège is an international meeting place for those dedicated to learning the French language, just as the Cannes Film Festival is a mecca for those who love film from all over the world.

Read more: Le 67e Festival de Cannes

Learn more about AIFS in Cannes

AIFS Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

AIFS Takes the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge!

We were challenged by our colleagues at Au Pair in America in London to do the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, but some of the staff were a bit hesitant. Luckily, our President and CEO, Bill Gertz, was up for it and agreed to be doused with ice water for a good cause. Along with a personal donation, AIFS is matching employee donations to help fight ALS. To find out more about the challenge and how to donate, visit

Watch the video of Bill doing the Ice Bucket Challenge

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