AIFS Study Abroad - Newsletter, April 2014
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Newsletter, April 2014

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A Red Raider Abroad
India: Celebrating Holi
NAFSA Advocacy Day
A Day in Barcelona
Start Planning Spring '15
AIFS – 50 Years!

Summer 2014 Application Deadline Extended to April 15th

Great news – there's still time to apply to a summer program! The Summer 2014 application deadline has been extended to April 15th. Apply today to secure a place on your first-choice program.

Note: Applications are accepted on a first come, first served basis.

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

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Fall 2014 Application Deadlines Approaching

The Fall 2014 application deadlines are just around the corner. Don't delay – submit your application today to get ready for an amazing fall semester!

Deadline: April 15th
Buenos Aires, Hyderabad, Perth, São Paolo, Stellenbosch, and Wellington.

Deadline: May 1st
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Deadline: May 15th
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Questions? Contact an Admissions Advisor at (800) 727-2437 or email

Reminder: Fall Scholarship and Grant Applications Due April 15th

The Fall 2014 scholarship and grant deadline is just two weeks away! Submit your AIFS program and scholarship application materials by April 15th to be considered for one of our many semester scholarships, including:

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

Learn more about AIFS Scholarships & Grants

A Red Raider in the Rainbow Nation

AIFS student Colleen Williams from Texas Tech University has been blogging about her life in South Africa over the last two months. Read about her adventures as she discovers the wonders of this amazing country.

March 24, 1014: Life is an Adventure
This week marks the start of many adventures in South Africa! I've been here for two months now and every day I fall more in love with this country. I started out my week with my first graders. We did a lesson on exercise and spent most of the day chasing around the learners. On Thursday a group of us went back to Kirstenbosch botanical gardens for a concert. We saw KT Tunstall and Frankenreiter....I have decided that my favorite way to listen to music is underneath the stars with mountains in the background. I think I might be getting a bit spoiled here.

Read Colleen's Blog

Learn more about AIFS in South Africa

India: Celebrating Holi, the Festival of Colors

Jacquelyn O'Keefe, an AIFS student in Hyderabad, India, recently experienced Holi, the Indian festival of colors. Find out how she and her fellow students celebrated!

The hot morning air was livened with excitement on the morning of March 17th. While the Western world was preparing to celebrate St. Patrick's Day, the students at the University of Hyderabad were collecting colors, putting on white clothes, and preparing for a vibrant battle known as the Holi Festival.

The celebratory drums and loud music beckoned us to join the fun. As we emerged out of the hostel, colors in hand, we faced our first attack. Our new friends walked over and wiped color on each cheek, marking us as participants...

Read more: Holi Festival

AIFS Alumni Ambassadors Participate in NAFSA Advocacy Day

AIFS Campus Representative Jessi Soler recently participated in NAFSA Advocacy Day, an opportunity for international educators and students to meet with their congressional representatives' offices in Washington, DC. AIFS Alumni Ambassadors Benjamin Melano, who studied abroad in Russia, and Jennifer Kvigne, who studied in Costa Rica, joined her for this event and provided insight into their study abroad experiences. Read Jessi's account of their experience on Capitol Hill:

Jen was the only participant from South Dakota, and Ben was the only one from Hawaii, so I joined them both for their respective discussions....We met with staffers from both Senators' offices in South Dakota and Hawaii and one Representative from each for a total of six meetings, all of which went really well. Ben had interned in his Senator's office previously, so he knew the staffer we met with in our first meeting, which was a good way to kick things off.

Read more: NAFSA Advocacy Day

Check out the AIFS Blog: AIFS Goes to Washington

A Day in Barcelona

Alma Delgadillo, who is currently studying abroad in Barcelona with AIFS, gives us an inside glimpse into her daily life:

I begin my day with a café con leche that I prepare for myself in my dormitory. Then I open my window blinds to admire the morning rhythm of Barcelona trotting along Carrer Serdenya. As I walk out the door, I grab my backpack and make sure that my assignments are completed for the day. At 8:20am I meet my classmate in the front door of residencia Onix and walk to our first class in the Eixample building. We analyze international marketing strategies, for example discussions on the attributes that distinguish Zara and founder Amanicio Ortega in the Spanish fashion industry. Or possibly a case studying Starbucks and their product innovations and services. After participating in class, I take a stroll through Parque Ciutadel and admire the amazing mountain and ducks swimming in the pond...

Read more: A Day in Barcelona

Start Planning for Spring 2015

Spring semester of 2015 might seem like a long way off, but the deadline is just a few short months away, and it will sneak up on you if you aren't paying attention. If your goal is to study abroad in Spring 2015, start planning now!

As the most popular term to study abroad, spring semester programs fill more quickly, so the sooner you apply, the better your chances of getting into you first choice program. Get the ball rolling!

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AIFS Celebrates 50 Years

The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) is celebrating our 50th anniversary in 2014. As a leader in cultural exchange and educational opportunities, AIFS has provided unforgettable experiences for more than 1.5 million participants since 1964.

Visit to learn more about AIFS and our 50-year mission of bringing the world together.

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Stamford, CT 06905