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?

AIFS Abroad Green Initiative

In response to the overwhelming global climate crisis, AIFS Abroad is pleased to make Sustainability a key priority when considering organizational, operational, and programming decisions. We understand that the only way to effectively combat this crisis and mitigate the effects of climate change is to drastically reduce our environmental impact. Therefore, AIFS Abroad has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2025.

Learn more about the AIFS Abroad Green Initiative

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.

Updates and FAQs

AIFS and Global Experiences have developed an effective plan for 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 plan for 2021 that utilizes information from multiple channels, enabling us to make the best decisions possible as quickly as possible.

View our Updates and FAQs

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.