AIFS and Global Experiences are pleased to offer informative virtual open houses and webinars for students on a variety of topics regarding study abroad, interning abroad, student events and more.

We also offer live events and Q&A sessions on Instagram – follow AIFS on Instagram to participate!

Events 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 events as they are scheduled, please email studyabroad@aifs.com

Interested in a virtual internship next semester or this summer? Check out GE Virtuoso!

Currently Scheduled Events:   (Click titles to see descriptions) Date / Time
Prepare for Takeoff 2021! August 31-September 2nd, all day
While you may not be ready to hop on a flight quite yet, Takeoff 2021 is a virtual event for students, university staff, parents, and community members that will inspire future travel and help you prepare for an upcoming study abroad or internship program. This 3-day collaborative event will feature themed sessions, alumni panels, and hands-on workshops, along with some opportunities to meet with our team from around the world. In order to break up the day, tune in for destination layovers that get you up, moving and maybe learning a new recipe! Join us August 31-September 2nd as we take a trip around the world, from the comfort of home. No passports required.

PREVIOUS SESSIONS INCLUDE:  
Engaging in Everyday Advocacy  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share information about how to engage in everyday advocacy. Panelists will discuss options ranging from your local community to global advocacy opportunities. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to additional resources. Registration is required.
Studying Abroad Safely  
Join AIFS Staff and recent alumni as we discuss ways to stay safe while abroad. Panelists will review precautions to take while abroad and discuss Covid-19 implications for our programs. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants along with additional resources. Registration is required.
All About International Internships  
Join Program Advisor Jacqui and Enrollment Manager Karl as they go live on Instagram to discuss the internship program options offered by AIFS Abroad!
Practicing Sustainability While Studying Abroad  
AIFS Abroad and Global Experiences have committed to being carbon neutral by 2025. Join staff and recent alumni who will share information on our Green Initiative as well as ways that you can practice sustainability while abroad. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants along with additional resources. Registration is required.
All About Russia  
Join AIFS Staff and recent alumni as we discuss what it's like to study and intern abroad in St. Petersburg, Russia. Alumni will offer insights on why they chose this location, talk about the academics, excursions, and provide tips for being successful in your study or intern abroad experience. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants along with additional resources. Registration is required.
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.

Presenters:
Susanna Shigo, AIFS Regional Director, University Relations
Paula Messina, AIFS University Relations Representative
All About Italy  
Join AIFS Staff and recent alumni as we discuss what it's like to study and intern abroad in Italy (Florence and Rome). Alumni will offer insights on why they chose this location, talk about the academics, excursions, and provide tips for being successful in your study or intern abroad experience. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants along with additional resources. Registration is required.
Studying Abroad Safely  
Join AIFS Staff and recent alumni as we discuss ways to stay safe while abroad. Panelists will review precautions to take while abroad and discuss Covid-19 implications for our programs. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants along with additional resources. Registration is required.
All About German Speaking Locations (Germany & Austria)  
Join AIFS Staff and recent alumni as we discuss what it's like to study abroad in Berlin, Germany and Salzburg, Austria. Alumni will offer insights on why they chose their location, talk about the academics, excursions, and provide tips for being successful in your study abroad experience. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
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.
Learning a Language Abroad  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share information about their experiences of learning a language abroad. Panelists will share tips for staying engaged with language practice in-country and recount how they overcame challenges in their language study. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to additional resources. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
All About Prague  
Join AIFS Staff and recent alumni as we discuss what it's like to study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic. Alumni will offer insights on why they chose this location, talk about the academics, excursions, and provide tips for being successful in your study abroad experience. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
Getting Out of Your Comfort Zone Abroad  
One of the best aspects of studying or interning abroad is the ability to go outside of your comfort zone. Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share information about different ways to challenge yourself while abroad including trying new foods, learning another language, and making friends abroad. Panelists will share tips for making the most of your time abroad and challenging yourself personally, academically, and professionally. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to additional resources. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
Showcasing Study Abroad in Your Career Search  
Currently less than 10% of U.S. college students study abroad, so knowing how to take your time abroad and showcase it to potential employers is more important than ever. Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share information about how to select a study abroad or internship abroad with your career in mind and how to market your international experiences to professional audiences. Panelists will share resources for how to talk about your time abroad in interviews, on your cover letter and in resumes, and how to include it in an elevator pitch. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to additional resources. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants.
Staying Healthy Abroad  
Join AIFS Staff and recent alumni as we discuss ways to stay healthy while abroad. Alumni will offer insights on eating healthy, ways to workout, tips for mental health abroad, and provide how to take COVID precautions while abroad. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
AIFS Study Abroad Funding 101  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share information about different sources of funding for study abroad including AIFS grants and scholarships, national scholarships, financial aid, and creative fundraising ideas, with a focus on emphasis on internet-based fundraisers. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to funding resources. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
All About France  
Join AIFS Staff and recent alumni as we discuss what it's like to study abroad in France (Cannes, Grenoble and Paris). Alumni will offer insights on why they chose this location, talk about the academics, excursions, and provide tips for being successful in your study abroad experience. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have and have access to additional resources. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
Career Benefits of Going Abroad  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share information about different career benefits from participating in study abroad and internships abroad. Panelists will discuss how to select your study abroad location with your future in mind and provide tips for making the most of your time abroad. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to additional resources. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
All About Spanish Speaking Locations  
Join AIFS Staff and recent alumni as we discuss what it's like to study abroad in our Spanish speaking locations. Alumni will offer insights on why they chose their location, talk about the academics, excursions, and provide tips for being successful in your study abroad experience. Attendees will be invited to ask the panelists any questions they have. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
Studying Abroad 101  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share information about why to study abroad, how to pick your location, choose classes, and stay connected to family and friends while abroad. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to additional resources. The session will be recorded and shared with registrants. Registration is required.
Holidays Stories from Abroad  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share their favorite experiences of celebrating holidays abroad. Panelists will offer tips for making the most of your time abroad and recount how they successfully handled challenges in their experiences. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and alumni will have a chance to share their favorite times abroad as well. Registration is required.
Virtual Open House: Summer Programs with AIFS and GE  
For students interested in either studying or interning abroad for summer 2021, drop by this advising session to learn more about all of your program options. The first 20 minutes will be presentation-based, and staff and student ambassadors will then be available to answer any questions you may have about the programs, application process, scholarships, courses, housing, and more.
Being a Woman Abroad  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share their experiences of being a woman abroad. Panelists will offer tips for being successful while abroad and recount how they successfully handled challenges in their experiences. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to additional resources. Registration is required.
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.
AIFS Alumni Career Panel Series (4 of 4)  
Wondering how you can leverage your time abroad for your career? Join four recent AIFS alumni to learn more about how study abroad has impacted their professional lives and tips for getting started in their fields.
  • Nadia Hucko: Student Accounts Advisor, Hult International Business School (Education)
  • Rachel Mihulka: Senior Account Executive, Zeno Group (Public Relations/Communications)
  • Alex Landry: Admissions Counselor, University of Tampa (Education)
  • Julianna Zieno: Associate Trademark Attorney, Bayramoglu Law Offices LLC (Legal)
The AIFS Alumni Career Panel Series will be offered four times with different panelists each time. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions to the panelists and gain resources for their job search. Registration is required.
Virtual Open House: Education and Education Administration with AIFS and GE  
For Education students interested in either studying or interning abroad, drop by this advising session to learn more about all your program options. The first 20 minutes will be presentation based and will highlight programs that offer your major or career field. Staff and student ambassadors will also be available to answer any general questions you may have about the programs, application process, scholarships, courses, housing, etc. The same session will be offered both days.
Virtual Open House: Sciences/STEM with AIFS and GE  
For STEM students interested in either studying or interning abroad, drop by this advising session to learn more about all your program options. The first 20 minutes will be presentation based and will highlight programs that offer your major or career field. Staff and student ambassadors will also be available to answer any general questions you may have about the programs, application process, scholarships, courses, housing, etc. The same session will be offered both days.
The Spookiest Thoughts about Going Abroad  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share the fears they faced about studying abroad and how they overcame them. Panelists will offer tips for being successful while abroad and recount how they successfully handled challenges in their experiences. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to additional resources. Registration is required.
Virtual Open House: Health Sciences with AIFS and GE  
For students studying Health Sciences and interested in either studying or interning abroad, drop by this advising session to learn more about all your program options. The first 20 minutes will be presentation based and will highlight programs that offer your major or career field. Staff and student ambassadors will also be available to answer any general questions you may have about the programs, application process, scholarships, courses, housing, etc. The same session will be offered both days.
There’s No Place Like Home(stays)  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share information about their experiences of participating in a homestay while abroad. Panelists will share tips for connecting with your homestay family during and after your time abroad and talk about how to navigate the experience if you have limited foreign language proficiency. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to additional resources. Registration is required.
Virtual Open House: Liberal Arts with AIFS and GE  
For students studying Liberal Arts and interested in either studying or interning abroad, drop by this advising session to learn more about all your program options. The first 20 minutes will be presentation based and will highlight programs that offer your major or career field. Staff and student ambassadors will also be available to answer any general questions you may have about the programs, application process, scholarships, courses, housing, etc. The same session will be offered both days.
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, y la Directora Residente del programa de AIFS en Barcelona, Inma Arenas presentarán la conferencia y estarán disponibles para contestar a las preguntas que tengan tanto los estudiantes como los padres que asistan. El webinar se dará en español.
AIFS Alumni Career Panel Series (3 of 4)  
Wondering how you can leverage your time abroad for your career? Join four recent AIFS alumni to learn more about how study abroad has impacted their professional lives and tips for getting started in their fields.
  • Joanna Flanagan: Sexual Assault & Violence Prevention Specialist (Higher Education)
  • Katarina Lage: Foreign Service Officer, United States Department of State (Diplomacy)
  • Sarah Braun: Director of Admissions, University of Maine Fort Kent (Higher Education)
  • Colton Barton: Growth Partnership Manager, ironSource (Ad Tech)
The AIFS Alumni Career Panel Series will be offered four times with different panelists each time. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions to the panelists and gain resources for their job search.
Virtual Open House: Arts and Fashion  
For students studying the arts and interested in either studying or interning abroad, drop by this advising session to learn more about all your program options. The first 20 minutes will be presentation based and will highlight programs that offer your major or career field. Staff and student ambassadors will also be available to answer any general questions you may have about the programs, application process, scholarships, courses, housing, etc. The same session will be offered both days.
Virtual Open House: Communication and Media with AIFS and GE  
For Communications and Media students interested in either studying or interning abroad, drop by this advising session to learn more about all your program options. The first 20 minutes will be presentation based and will highlight programs that offer your major or career field. Staff and student ambassadors will also be available to answer any general questions you may have about the programs, application process, scholarships, courses, housing, etc. The same session will be offered both days.
AIFS Study Abroad Funding 101  
Join AIFS staff and recent alumni as they share information about different sources of funding for study abroad including AIFS grants and scholarships, national scholarships, financial aid, and creative fundraising ideas, with a focus on emphasis on internet-based fundraisers. Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions and have access to funding resources. Registration is required.
Virtual Open House: Engineering and Computer Science with AIFS and GE  
For Engineering and Computer Science students interested in either studying or interning abroad, drop by this advising session to learn more about all your program options. The first 20 minutes will be presentation based and will highlight programs that offer your major or career field. Staff and student ambassadors will also be available to answer any general questions you may have about the programs, application process, scholarships, courses, housing, etc. The same session will be offered both days.
Virtual Open House: Business and Marketing with AIFS and GE  
For Business and Marketing students interested in either studying or interning abroad, drop by this advising session to learn more about all your program options. The first 20 minutes will be presentation based and will highlight programs that offer your major or career field. Staff and student ambassadors will also be available to answer any general questions you may have about the programs, application process, scholarships, courses, housing, etc. Contact AIFS if you missed this event and would like more information.

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