AIFS Study Abroad - Newsletter, March 2015
Study Abroad with AIFS

Newsletter, March 2015

Study Abroad with AIFS

In This Issue

January Term 2016
Summer '15 Deadline
New in Barcelona
Apply Now for Fall '15
Costa Rica Blog
Spotlight on Dublin
Embarrassing Stories

New January Term Locations Revealed!

AIFS is excited to add two new locations to our January Term programs in 2016. Now you can make the most out of your winter break and spend up to 3 weeks in the Galapagos Islands or in Dublin! These incredible destinations join our list of returning programs being offered this January:

January Term 2016 Returning Programs

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Programs by Region


South Africa


New Zealand


Czech Republic

Latin America

Costa Rica

Middle East


South America

Multi-Country Travel

Summer 2015 Application Deadline: March 15th

The Summer 2015 application deadline is just a few days away! Apply by March 15th to secure a place on your first-choice program.

Please note: Students interested in the London Internship summer program should apply right away, as spaces are extremely limited.

With locations around the globe to suit a variety of interests and majors, AIFS has the perfect program for you.

View all summer program locations

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Questions? Contact an Admissions Advisor at 800.727.2437 or email


New Semester Programs in Barcelona

Starting this Fall, you will have two more academic program options in the colorful city of Barcelona!

Our new Barcelona programs at a glance:

Hispanic and European Studies Program (HESP)
This program aims to provide students with greater insight into European, Spanish, and Catalan issues through courses in communication, humanities, and the social sciences. Most courses include faculty-guided trips to museums and heritage sites, course-related walking tours, and guest speakers.

ESCI-UPF International Business Program
This program is geared toward business majors and minors who wish to acquire an international perspective and a better understanding of the global economy. Students take courses in business, finance, and economics, as well as electives in Spanish language and other subjects.

Learn more about the new Barcelona programs

Apply Now for Fall 2015/Spring 2016


Apply Now for Fall 2015/Spring 2016

The Fall 2015 application deadlines will be here before you know it! Submit your application today to get a head start on your fall semester.

The following program applications are due by April 1st: Istanbul.

The following program applications are due by April 15th: Barcelona, Buenos Aires, Hyderabad, Perth, São Paolo, and Stellenbosch.

The following program applications are due by May 1st: Florence, London Internship, Prague, Rome, Salzburg, St. Petersburg, and Viña del Mar.

Applications for all other programs are due by May 15th.

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Beach Days in Costa Rica


Beach Days in Costa Rica

AIFS student blogger Mackenzie Hudson, who is spending her spring semester in Costa Rica, just returned from the group excursion to Manuel Antonio National Park. From bonfires and beautiful beaches to run-ins with monkeys, she had an amazing weekend exploring this little paradise.

After getting settled into our hotels we spent our first night on the beach with a bonfire. In the midst of this little social session we saved a giant "puffer-fish" that was stuck on the sand using flip flops to carry it back to the ocean...

I've been to a lot of beaches growing up but this beach shoots to the top of my list. I would 100% recommend it for anyone's bucket list. The water was warm enough that you didn't have to force yourself in, but refreshing enough that you didn't want to get out. Big rocks were on the side of the beach near the forest but other than that it was all sand and a few shells to stumble over. The day was so relaxing: some exploring, some swimming, and lots of sun.

Read more: Mackenzie Hudson Blog

Learn more about AIFS in Costa Rica

Go Overseas' Embarrassing Study Abroad Stories


Spotlight on Dublin

Beginning in January 2016, AIFS will offer a January Term program at Trinity College Dublin, Ireland's oldest and most distinguished university. This 3-week program on Modern Irish Writing will give you the opportunity to learn about Ireland's rich literary tradition from expert faculty and teaching staff in Trinity's School of English, ranked in the top 25 in the world. Students will read the poetry of Patrick Kavanagh and W.B. Yeats, consider the short stories of James Joyce and Claire Keegan, discuss the theater of Samuel Beckett and Conor McPherson, and explore the imagination of Irish novelists such as Kate O'Brien.

You will also have the opportunity to explore the vibrant culture and history of Dublin on guided visits to Kilmainham Gaol, the National Museum of Ireland, the National Library, and the James Joyce Centre. The program includes a guest lecture from an Irish writer, a session in the historic Smock Alley Theatre, and a session taught in Trinity's iconic library. Professor Nicholas Grene, the January Term Academic Director, is "delighted to welcome J-Term students to the Trinity community and the School of English to study Modern Irish Writing in 2016."

Learn more about the AIFS January Term Program in Dublin

Go Overseas' Embarrassing Study Abroad Stories


Go Overseas' Embarrassing Study Abroad Stories

When you leave the comfort of your own culture to explore a totally new environment, there are bound to be a few mishaps along the way! has collected a few of their favorite embarrassing study abroad and travel stories sent in by readers.

Italy: A Stinky-Shoe Thief

The overnight train ride from Turin, Italy, to Rome is long enough to get at least a half night's sleep in. So I kicked off my shoes, stretched myself out across the seats and conked out. When I woke up in Rome at 7am, those smelly shoes I kicked off (and the only shoes I brought) were nowhere to be found.

My friend was to meet me in the station at 8, and shops wouldn't open until 8:30. For me, this meant at least 90 shoeless minutes in one of the dirtiest – and busiest – stations in Italy. Approximately every Italian looked me up and down as if I didn't know my shoes weren't on, before I was finally able to find relief in the form of a new pair of shoes.

To this day I wonder: who on earth would take a pair of smelly shoes?

– Noah Ferns, studied French in Paris

Read more: Embarrassing Study Abroad Stories


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