AIFS Study Abroad - Newsletter, August 2014
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Spring Scholarships
Spring '15 – Apply Now
J-Term 2015 Programs
Spotlight on London
Costa Rica Expectations
New 2015/16 Catalogs
Host an AYA Student

Spring Scholarship and Grant Deadline: September 15th

Take advantage of 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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Spring 2015 is Right Around the Corner

In just a few short weeks, the fall semester will get underway, and Spring 2015 deadlines will be here before you know it! Take advantage of your summer break and submit your application to study abroad in the spring.

Whatever your interests, AIFS has the perfect program for you in Spring 2015. Apply now!

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View all Spring 2015 program locations

Questions? Contact an Admissions Advisor at (800) 727-2437 or email

Start 2015 with a Bang – Study Abroad in January

Make a New Year's resolution now: Study abroad in January 2015.

On our 3-week January Term programs, you'll get the full study abroad experience, condensed into a month when many college students have few other commitments. On a January term program, you'll immerse yourself in an unfamiliar culture, practice your language skills, take interesting classes for at least 3 college credits, and visit iconic sites in and around your program city, such as the Parthenon or the Vatican.

2015 January Term locations:

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Spotlight on London

Few cities offer the cultural diversity and historical legacy of London, where AIFS offers several different types of study abroad programs to meet a variety of student interests:

Learn more about AIFS in London

Read posts from our Student Bloggers in London

Surprises in San José: Expectation vs. Reality

AIFS student Megan Wall thought she knew what to expect in Costa Rica on her summer study abroad program. Guess again! She gives an in-depth perspective on the food and culture of her new home.

Expectation: I had heard that Ticos (endearing colloquialism for Costa Ricans) are much more open in displays of affection than Americans. I expected that my host family would be very affectionate with me, and I would be with them, as well as with friends I’d make. As the tactile-needy “hugger” of my friends and family since I was a baby, showing affection has always been a particular strength (and love) of mine. How different could it be?

Reality: Affection central! Turns out, showing affection is VERY different than in the US, even for me! [...] The go-to greeting is a hug and a kiss on the cheek, whether you might be greeting your family, saying goodbye to some friends after class, or even meeting someone for the first time at a party. During my first few days here, it was an adjustment to remember to add this lovely cultural norm to my habits, but now I can’t imagine my life in Costa Rica without this custom!

Read more: Surprises in San José

New Catalogs Coming Soon

In just a couple of weeks, our new catalogs for Summer 2015 and Academic Year 2015/2016 will be hot off the press – reserve your copies today!

Check our website later this month for information about next year's programs (including NEW locations for summer and semester!), or log in to your AIFS account to download chapters as soon as they are available.

Host an AYA High School Exchange Student

Has your family considered hosting a high school foreign exchange student? Through another AIFS non-profit organization, Academic Year in America (AYA), American families have the unique opportunity to host exchange students from around the world for five or ten months. The AYA program not only enriches your family, but also makes the dream of an international student come true.

AYA is also looking for temporary arrival families to host for 4-6 weeks in August and September.

Learn more about AYA and become a host family

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Stamford, CT 06905

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