AIFS is pleased to offer informative webinars for faculty and advisors on a variety of topics regarding study abroad and customized, faculty-led programs. We also offer a wide selection of webinars for students.

Webinars are scheduled year-round, with dates and times on this page being updated frequently. You can keep checking this page for updates – or to be notified of new webinars as they are scheduled, please email studyabroad@aifs.com.

AIFS Study Abroad Webinars

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Currently scheduled webinars: Date / Time
How to Help Faculty Market their Customized, Faculty-Led Program April 13, 4:00pm EST/1:00pm PST
A practical guide to helping faculty leading a Customized, Faculty-Led program market their program to students with special emphasis on ideas for online recruiting.

Presenters:
Susanna Shigo, Regional Director, University Relations
Paula Messina, AIFS University Relations
Angela Henderson, Professor and Study Abroad Coordinator, Fullerton College
Kelly Holland, Vice President, AIFS University Relations

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AIFS London Consortium: A Collaborative Approach to Customized, Faculty-Led Study Abroad April 22, 2:00pm EST/11:00am PST
AIFS partners with numerous consortia of U.S. institutions on semester and short-term programming. Whether thinking about joining an existing consortium or starting a new one, learn about the academic, financial and logistical benefits for faculty and students. Meet the AIFS team from London and the US and an advisor from a London Consortium partner school.

Presenters:
Corinne Cohen, Programme Director, AIFS Study Abroad, London, UK
Shelley McFarlan Jewell, Director of Education Abroad, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Susanna Shigo, Regional Director, University Relations, AIFS Study Abroad, Stamford, CT
Paula Messina, Representative, University Relations, AIFS Study Abroad, Los Angeles, CA

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Surprisingly Affordable Cities for Customized, Faculty-Led Programs May 4, 4:00pm EST/1:00pm PST
Now more than ever, affordable study abroad is a priority for students and faculty leaders. With more than 50 years' experience, AIFS has resources in cities traditionally thought of as expensive and out of reach for semester or short-term programs. Special focus paid to opportunities for STEM, Business and Marketing and Psychology programs.

Presenters:
Susanna Shigo, Regional Director, AIFS University Relations
Paula Messina, Representative, AIFS University Relations
Maura Cassells, Regional Vice President, AIFS University Relations

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Creative Virtual Fundraising for Study Abroad June 10, 3:00pm EST/12:00pm PST
Besides Financial Aid, scholarships, and savings, students today have to think out of the box for ways to help fund their study abroad experience. We’ll brainstorm ideas and real-life stories with emphasis on internet-based fundraisers.

Presenters:
Susanna Shigo, Regional Director, AIFS University Relations
Paula Messina, Representative, AIFS University Relations

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PREVIOUS SESSIONS INCLUDE:  
Creative Virtual Fundraising for Study Abroad  
Besides Financial Aid, scholarships, and savings, students today have to think out of the box for ways to help fund their study abroad experience. We’ll brainstorm ideas and real-life stories with emphasis on internet-based fundraisers.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director – Barcelona, Spain  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Barcelona, Spain. This session will be presented by Inma Arenas, the AIFS Resident Director in Barcelona.
AIFS Plan of Action for AIDE Community Discussion  
Earlier this month we released our first annual AIFS Abroad Plan of Action for Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity. We invite you to join AIFS Abroad staff for a community discussion to learn more about our process, discuss the needs of our field in these areas, and plans for the future. The meeting will be recorded, and all registrants will receive a copy.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director – Buenos Aires, Argentina  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Buenos Aires, Argentina. This session will be presented by Barbara Franconi, the AIFS Resident Director in Buenos Aires.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director – Salzburg, Austria  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS Global Education Center in Salzburg, Austria. This session will be presented by Ingrid Stengel, the AIFS Resident Director in Salzburg.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director – St. Petersburg, Russia  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS program in St. Petersburg, Russia. This session will be presented by Kathryn Alcock, the AIFS Resident Director in St. Petersburg.
AIFS Berlin City Tour  
Please join us for a virtual walking tour of Berlin's Historic City Center, with live discussion and Q&A led by AIFS Resident Director Nele Thomsen. 

Nele has lived in Berlin for nearly 20 years and also has experience working as a tour guide in the city. She will be joined by Claire (AIFS Berlin Alumna & recent grad of University of South Carolina) and Sadie (AIFS Berlin Alumna, AIFS Alumni Ambassador & student at Champlain College).
Introduction to Study Abroad with AIFS for Parents and Families  
Studying abroad is an important decision for a student as well as for their family. AIFS Study Abroad understands this and aims to provide support for students and families at every step of the way. This webinar will introduce families to study abroad in general, detail the process of choosing a program, applying and enrolling and provide general information on AIFS program components. AIFS Staff and recent alumni will be available to answer all questions students and their parents may have. Registration is required.
GE Virtual Internship Advisor Training  
If you are looking for more information on GE Virtuoso virtual internships, consider joining us for a comprehensive training in November. We will cover how to advise your students on virtual international internships and provide details on program inclusions and process. Upon completion of the training, you will also receive an advising toolkit specific to virtual internships. The training will last 1 hour with time for Q&A throughout. Registration is required. Questions about this training can be directed to Melissa Buerkett at Melissa@globalexperiences.com.
New Program Toolkit for Faculty and Advisors  
Setting up a Customized, Faculty-Led program from idea to departure is a long, detailed process. AIFS has over 50 years’ experience collaborating with faculty, universities and colleges to turn their international academic goals into a reality. We’ll outline the steps and the advantages of partnering with AIFS and examples of programs in 20+ countries.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director – Berlin, Germany  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Berlin, Germany. This session will be presented by Nele Thomsen, the AIFS Resident Director in Berlin.
GE Virtual Internship Advisor Training  
If you are looking for more information on GE Virtuoso virtual internships, consider joining us for a comprehensive training in November. We will cover how to advise your students on virtual international internships and provide details on program inclusions and process. Upon completion of the training, you will also receive an advising toolkit specific to virtual internships. The training will last 1 hour with time for Q&A throughout. Registration is required. Questions about this training can be directed to Melissa Buerkett at Melissa@globalexperiences.com.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director –  Athens, Greece  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Athens, Greece. This session will be presented by Alice Anastassiou, the AIFS Resident Director in Athens.
Introdución al Estudio en el Extranjero con AIFS para Padres y Madres (en español)  
Estudiar en el extranjero es una decisión importante tanto para un/una estudiante como para su familia. AIFS lo comprende y se esfuerza para apoyar a sus estudiantes y sus respectivas familias a cada paso en el proceso. Esta videoconferencia pretende orientar a las familias de habla española en el mundo de programas de estudios en el extranjero, así como detallar el proceso cuando uno elige su programa, además de completar su aplicación, como su matriculación y dar información general sobre los componentes de los programas de AIFS. La Representante para Relaciones Universitarias, Paula Messina, presentará la conferencia y estará disponible para contestar a las preguntas que tengan tanto los estudiantes como los padres que asistan. El webinar se dará en español.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director –  London, England  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS programs in London, England. This session will be presented by Corinne Cohen, the AIFS Program Director in London.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director – San Jose, Costa Rica  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS program in San Jose, Costa Rica. This session will be presented by Karla Carballo, the AIFS Resident Director in San Jose
How to Help Faculty Market Their CFL Program  
A practical guide to helping faculty leading a Customized, Faculty-Led program market their program to students with special emphasis on ideas for online recruiting.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director –  Maynooth, Ireland  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Maynooth, Ireland. This session will be presented by Cliodhna Dunne, the AIFS Resident Director in Maynooth.
Global Experiences Virtuoso – Summer Outcomes  
This webinar will review data of student outcomes and experiences from the GE Virtuoso program this past summer. We will share information on virtual career field areas, 2021 program components and details, as well as advice for future virtual interns from our participants. A Q&A will follow. Registration is required.  If you have any questions, please contact Melissa@globalexperiences.com.
AIFS London Consortium: A Collaborative Approach to Customized, Faculty-Led Study Abroad  
AIFS partners with numerous consortia of U.S. institutions on semester and short-term programming. Whether thinking about joining an existing consortium or starting a new one, learn about the academic, financial and logistical benefits for faculty and students. Meet the AIFS team from London and the US and an advisor from a London Consortium partner school.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director –  Budapest, Hungary  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Budapest, Hungary. This session will be presented by Dr. Deniz Bingöl Hall, the AIFS Resident Director in Budapest.
AIFS Technical & Vocational Education Study Abroad Programs for 2021: Short-term, faculty led programs for students studying Technical Careers  
AIFS is happy to announce a new series of study abroad programs for Vocational and Technical Career Education students in fields such as Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Fashion Design and Merchandising, Health and Human Services Hospitality and Tourism, TV, Film and Media Communications, among others. These Customizable, Faculty-Led programs focus on experiential learning in the field and exposure to the host culture.
Health and Safety for Customized, Faculty-Led Programs  
Attendees of this session will learn about AIFS Health and Safety, risk management and risk assessment protocols, as well as partner communication procedures.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director – Madrid, Spain  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal presentation and conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Madrid, Spain. This session will be presented by Barbara Franconi, the AIFS Resident Director in Madrid, who has been with AIFS since 2013.
Creative Virtual Fundraising for Study Abroad  
Besides Financial Aid, scholarships, and savings, students today have to think out of the box for ways to help fund their study abroad experience. We’ll brainstorm ideas and real-life stories with emphasis on internet-based fundraisers.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director – Prague  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal conversation to introduce the AIFS programs in Prague, Czech Republic. This session will be presented by Renata Sluneckova, the acting AIFS Resident Director, and Jenny Peña, Deputy Resident Director.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director – Limerick  
We invite study abroad staff and faculty to join us for an informal conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Limerick, Ireland. This session will be presented by Elaine Keane, the AIFS Resident Director in Limerick since 2004.
Navigating Uncertainty (Demo for Educators)  
We invite you to join one of our demonstration workshops for university partners to experience the support we are offering to spring 2020 students through our “Navigating Uncertainty” facilitated dialogues. The workshop, which is the winner of the 2020 Go Abroad Innovation in Alumni Engagement Award, will walk participants through the content we deliver to students, talk about the role AIFS staff play in co-facilitating these discussions, and provide additional resources to assist in your office’s returnee programming. This session will be offered by Angela Manginelli, Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives at AIFS Study Abroad.
AIFS Health and Safety Panel  
We invite you to join one of our demonstration workshops for university partners to experience the support we are offering to spring 2020 students through our “Navigating Uncertainty” facilitated dialogues. The workshop, which is the winner of the 2020 Go Abroad Innovation in Alumni Engagement Award, will walk participants through the content we deliver to students, talk about the role AIFS staff play in co-facilitating these discussions, and provide additional resources to assist in your office’s returnee programming. This session will be offered by Angela Manginelli, Vice President, Director of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives at AIFS Study Abroad.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director  
We invite study abroad advisors to join us for an informal conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Stellenbosch, South Africa. This session will be presented by Hestea de Wet, the AIFS Resident Director in Stellenbosch since 2003.
Using Your Strengths to Manage Your Career  
In this webinar, Global Experiences, part of the AIFS family of programs, will introduce participants to CliftonStrengths, their impact on career well-being and provide advice on how to take a Strengths-based approach to career management. It is advised that you complete the assessment and learn your Top 5 Strengths prior to the webinar. Codes are available from Global Experiences at a discounted rate of $12 by contacting Melissa@globalexperiences.com, or can be purchased directly from Gallup for $19.99.
Coffee and Q&A with an AIFS Resident Director  
We invite study abroad advisors to join us for an informal conversation to introduce the AIFS program in Grenoble, France. This session will be presented by Miranda Rea, the AIFS Resident Director in Grenoble since 1994.
Introduction to CliftonStrengths  
Global Experiences, part of the AIFS family of programs, will provide an introduction to the theory and practice of the CliftonStrengths assessment. You will learn how focusing on the power of your natural talents can lead to engagement and career wellbeing, as well as how Strengths can be embedded into a student program. It is advised that you complete the assessment and learn your Top 5 Strengths prior to the webinar. Codes are available from Global Experiences at a discounted rate of $12 by contacting Melissa@globalexperiences.com, or can be purchased directly from Gallup for $19.99.
Best Practices for Social Media and Virtual Outreach  
This webinar includes a panel discussion overviewing social media as a student engagement avenue for Education Abroad Offices, as well as an opportunity to share best practices and brainstorm for effective outreach in a virtual format.
For a recorded version of this webinar, please contact customizedfacultyled@aifs.com
Creative Virtual Fundraising for Study Abroad  
Besides financial aid, scholarships, and savings, students today have to think of out-of-the-box ways to help fund their study abroad experience. This AIFS webinar focuses on fundraising ideas and real life stories with an emphasis on internet based fundraisers.
For a recorded version of this webinar, please contact customizedfacultyled@aifs.com
AIFS London Consortium: A Collaborative Approach to Customized, Faculty-Led Study Abroad  
AIFS partners with numerous consortia of U.S. institutions on semester and short-term programming. The AIFS London Consortium has been an example of co-operative study abroad for over 20 years. Whether considering the opportunity to join an established consortium or starting a new one, learn about the academic, financial and logistical benefits for faculty and students. Meet the AIFS team from London and the US and an advisor from a London Consortium partner school.

Presenters:

Corinne Cohen, Programme Director, AIFS Study Abroad, London, UK
Shelley McFarlan Jewell, University of Wyoming, Laramie, WY
Susanna Shigo, University Relations, AIFS Study Abroad, Stamford, CT
Paula Messina, University Relations, AIFS Study Abroad, Los Angeles, CA

For a recorded version of this webinar, please contact customizedfacultyled@aifs.com
Navigating Uncertainty  
Knowing that all study abroad participants were drastically impacted by COVID-19 and would need additional support during this phase, we created a new guide, Navigating Uncertainty: Resources for Thoughtfully Processing Your Time Abroad and Your Return, to help participants unpack the full experience they had and provide resources as they continue their return. The guide and companion video can be found on the Welcome Back section of our alumni website. We are honored that our “Navigating Uncertainty” program was selected as the winner of the Innovation in Alumni Engagement category for the 2020 GoAbroad.com Innovation Awards.
How to Help Faculty Market their CFL Program Webinar
A practical guide to helping faculty leading a Customized Faculty-Led program market their program to students with special emphasis on ideas for online recruiting.
For a recorded version of this webinar, please contact customizedfacultyled@aifs.com
New Program Toolkit for Faculty and Advisors
Setting up a Customized Faculty-Led program from idea to departure is a long, detailed process. AIFS has over 50 years’ experience collaborating with faculty, universities and colleges to turn their international academic goals into a reality. This webinar outlines the steps and the advantages of partnering with AIFS and examples of programs in 20+ countries.
For a recorded version of this webinar, please contact customizedfacultyled@aifs.com
AIFS Technical & Vocational Education Study Abroad programs for 2021: Short-term, faculty led programs for students studying Technical Careers
AIFS is happy to announce a new series of study abroad programs for Vocational and Technical Career Education students in fields such as Automotive Technology, Cosmetology, Criminal Justice, Culinary Arts, Health and Human Services Hospitality and Tourism, TV, Film and Media Communications, among others. These Customizable Faculty-Led programs focus on experiential learning in the field and exposure to the host culture.

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