Faculty & Advisors

Welcome to our colleagues in international education!

Thank you for visiting AIFS Study Abroad. We greatly value our many affiliate and partner institutions with whom we collaborate to provide students with study abroad opportunities that will better prepare them for the global marketplace. If you do not currently work with us, we would welcome the opportunity to demonstrate the high quality programs and services we provide.

Since 1964, AIFS has been at the forefront of international education and study abroad, with a commitment to high academic standards, a singular focus on safe practices and a dedication to supporting students in ways that enables them to maximize their time abroad. In addition to our established semester, summer and January term programs that are available for your students, AIFS also can help you develop and deliver customized, faculty-led programs. After reviewing the information on our site, please contact us by phone or email if you would like additional information.

What’s New at AIFS?

First Plan of Action for Access, Inclusion, Diversity, & Equity Released

We are committed to facilitating an environment where every student can gain the most from their experience abroad and will be treated with dignity and respect. AIFS Abroad is proud to announce the release of our first annual Plan of Action for Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. This document is available to download on the Inclusion section of our website and will allow you to learn more about the goals we are working on in these areas in the year ahead and to track our progress.

AIFS Abroad Announces New Leadership and Strategic Plan

After 40 years in international and higher education, Paul Watson is retiring as the Executive Director of AIFS Study Abroad effective January 1, 2021. Succeeding Paul is co-founder and CEO of Global Experiences, Emily Merson. Emily will take over the new AIFS Abroad (formerly AIFS Study Abroad), consisting of the traditional AIFS Study Abroad programs, AIFS Customized Faculty-Led programs and Global Experiences International Internship programs. Read more about Emily and the strategically realigned AIFS Abroad.

2021 Updates and FAQs

AIFS and Global Experiences have developed an effective plan for reopening our on-location programming where the safety of our students and the confidence of our partner universities is the top priority. We have created a comprehensive and flexible reopening plan for 2021 that utilizes information from multiple channels, enabling us to make the best decisions possible as quickly as possible.

View our 2021 Updates and FAQs

AIFS Wins GoAbroad 2020 Innovation Award

AIFS is proud to receive the 2020 GoAbroad Award for Innovation in Alumni Engagement for our guide, Navigating Uncertainty: Resources for Thoughtfully Processing Your Time Abroad and Your Return, created to help participants unpack the full experience they had abroad during the pandemic and provide resources as they continue their return.

AIFS Announces New School of Record

As we look to the future of international education AIFS Study Abroad is pleased to announce it has partnered with Fairfield University in Connecticut. Fairfield will serve as our new school of record, offering a broad range of opportunities for innovative programming and expansion of global study centers. Through its College of Arts and Sciences, Charles Dolan School of Business, School of Engineering, and The Marion Peckham Egan School of Nursing and Health Sciences, Fairfield offers a diverse range of academic programs for its students and is a leader in international education in its own right. This partnership is a truly innovative collaboration that will enable AIFS and Fairfield University to develop cutting edge programming.

IIE and AIFS co-publish a white paper: Faculty and Education Abroad: The Role of Faculty in Promoting Global Learning on U.S. Campuses

This white paper investigates the link between faculty and education abroad—and specific examples of institutions that have made considerable progress in expanding access to global learning and education abroad opportunities on campus— to shed light on opportunities and challenges that faculty face when engaging with education abroad, both as campus champions and leaders.

Global Experiences Joins the AIFS Family

Global Experiences, a leader in providing students with career-enhancing international internships, has joined the AIFS family! This means you now have even more opportunities to gain real-world experience at a wide variety of companies and organizations around the globe. View Press Release

AIFS Study Abroad Alumni Outcomes Report

A second phase of the outcomes findings has been published (2018) to document the impact of AIFS programs. This study expanded the number of respondents from 1,600 in the 2012 study to over 2,700 total. This includes over 400 AIFS participants from the past 25 years who have completed the survey in each phase, thus establishing a longitudinal group that we intend to follow over time.

The data indicated that studying abroad with AIFS has impact across personal, intercultural and career development. The longitudinal results also indicate that the impact has remained strong over time. The original 2012 report is also available.

IIE and AIFS Publication: A Parent Guide to Study Abroad

Studying abroad equips students with real-life, hands-on skills that no classroom can match, while opening up a world of personal and professional opportunities. This book, co-authored by international careers expert Stacie Nevadomski Berdan, International Institute of Education (IIE) President Allan Goodman, and AIFS President and CEO William L. Gertz, contains critical information parents will need to inform themselves, as well as support their high school or college student as they navigate the study abroad experience. Full of practical information written specifically for parents, the authors make a strong case for the importance of parental involvement that can influence and shape a successful cross-cultural experience.