AIFS Study Abroad - Newsletter, February 2015
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Summer Scholarships
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January Term 2016!
Spotlight on Paris
Meet the Barcelona RD
The Strong U.S. Dollar
Arrivederci, Firenze

Summer Scholarship Deadline: March 1

AIFS is offering several scholarships and grants for Summer 2015 programs. Apply now and you could receive funding toward you summer study abroad.

AIFS students receive more than $600,000 in scholarships and grants each year.

Submit your AIFS summer program and scholarship application materials by March 1st to be considered for one of our Generation Study Abroad Scholarships of $500 for summer programs.

Additional scholarships include:

AIFS also offers affiliate grants. To find out if your school offers an automatic AIFS Affiliate Grant of $200 or $400, log in to your AIFS account at

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Apply Now for Summer or Fall 2015

The spring semester is officially underway, and it's quickly going to get busy! Now's a great time to plan your summer or fall study abroad experience. With locations around the globe to suit a variety of interests and majors, AIFS has the perfect program for you.

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Please note that Summer 2015 application deadlines begin March 1st. Don't delay!

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Questions? Contact an Admissions Advisor at 800.727.2437 or email


January Term 2016 Sneak Peek!

Later this month we'll be announcing our full list of January Term 2016 programs, but here's a special preview of two all-new locations for next year.

The Galapagos Islands, Ecuador
Universidad San Francisco de Quito

Located about 600 miles off the Ecuadorian coast, these islands are home to countless plant and animal species found nowhere else on earth. Students on this program will study the ecosystems of the islands and learn about the conservation work being done to protect this pristine habitat.

Dublin, Ireland
Trinity College Dublin

As the lively capital city of Ireland, Dublin has a rich cultural history and makes a wonderful setting in which to study Irish literature. On this program, students explore the city and surrounding countryside and have an optional overnight excursion to the bohemian city of Galway.

More information about these programs will be available in the coming weeks. Check back soon to learn more!

Spotlight on Paris

Spotlight on Paris

"To study in Paris is to be born in Paris!"
– Victor Hugo,
Les Misérables

Whether you're a French major hoping to perfect your accent or just a romantic with a desire to live in Paris, the AIFS in Paris program could be the perfect place for you to spend a summer, semester, or January Term abroad.

AIFS offers a wide variety of courses, from French language and culture to political science, offered at either the Sorbonne or the Institut de Langue et de Culture Françaises (depending on the program you choose).

Excursions include visits to the world-renowned museums of Paris (such as the Louvre and the Musee D'Orsay), cultural events such as ballets and concerts, riverboat rides along the Seine, excursions to the Loire Valley and Normandy, and much more.

For specific details about the different program options, visit the AIFS website.

Read posts about Paris on the AIFS Blog

Meet a Resident Director: Barcelona's Inma Arenas

Meet a Resident Director: Barcelona's Inma Arenas

Inma Arenas has been the AIFS Resident Director in Barcelona since the program began in Summer 2003. She is well versed in helping students to acclimate to their dazzling new host city and to discover the hidden treasures of Barcelona. Read on to learn more about Inma's background and experience as an AIFS RD.

What are AIFS students most apprehensive about when they first arrive in Barcelona?

For homestay students, it is definitely about meeting their families and wondering what it will be like living with a Spanish family. For other students, they are often most apprehensive about their language capabilities, or getting used to living in a new place and a big city. We help them get through these apprehensions with a multitude of orientation activities, and by staying connected with our students throughout the entire semester. During the first week, we get together for an AIFS orientation, an academic orientation, a tour of the city, and a welcome dinner so we can get to know our students and ease their worries during the first, and often most difficult, days.

Read more: Barcelona's Inma Arenas

Learn more about AIFS in Barcelona

Take Advantage of the Strong Dollar In Europe

Take Advantage of the Strong Dollar in Europe

Due to the current exchange rate between the U.S. dollar and the Euro, you'll get more bang for your buck on your European travels this year than in the past few years. Take advantage and make this your year to study abroad!

The current exchange rate is around $1.13 to €1, and economists predict that the rate will drop further later in the year. What does this mean for you? Your out-of-pocket expenses, such as going out to eat, buying event tickets, shopping, traveling independently, etc., will be less expensive, letting you do and see more of the things that you want while you're abroad.

Learn more and read tips for saving money in Europe

AIFS Blog: Arrivederci, Firenze!

AIFS Blog: Arrivederci, Firenze!

Erin Green, one of our January Term student bloggers, has just returned from her three glorious weeks in Florence, Italy. Find out what she learned and experienced during her time abroad!

Another of my favorite moments was visiting a local craftsman's workshop during class. In my Italian Fashion class, we had been talking about the strong craft tradition that has persisted in Italy for decades, but actually seeing an artisan at work was really special. The man we went to visit worked with metal. He created jewelry, small decor items, and other various trinkets. It was so refreshing to see items being made by hand and to see him show such care for each object, paying attention to every detail. I was able to buy a bracelet from his shop, which he made to fit my wrist perfectly. Every time I wear it, I am reminded of this unique learning experience.

Read more: Arrivederci, Firenze

Learn more about AIFS in Florence

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