Customized Faculty-Led

Customized Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Pioneered by AIFS, customized faculty-led study abroad programs are formal arrangements between AIFS and educational institutions in which AIFS provides logistical support, student services, classrooms, housing facilities and cultural activities at a location abroad, plus student medical and program fee refund insurances and over $50 million of liability insurance for the U.S. college/university.

This arrangement enables institutions to conduct their own academic programs abroad at minimal expense for four weeks and upward (including semester). In order to keep costs affordable, programs require at least 12 to 15 students per faculty participating.

How it Works

AIFS assigns a non-academic Program Coordinator to the overseas campus who is responsible for day-to-day running of the program and coordinating logistical support for the American students and professors. The Program Coordinator is the AIFS representative who assures the program operates smoothly.

As a partner, the home institution maintains academic control over their students while abroad. Faculty from the home institution teach their curriculum abroad (with optional use of local adjunct professors), and the school determines admission criteria and selects and enrolls students. The school retains tuition fees and students pay a non-academic program fee to AIFS.

In addition to logistical support, AIFS offers a full range of social and cultural activities for students. Coordinators on the overseas campus arrange weekend excursions, theater visits, contact with local students and other cultural activities. Adding another valuable dimension to the student's foreign experience, this service is not typically available through other programs.

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About Us

AIFS was founded in 1964 and since then, over 1.5 million students have participated in our educational and cultural exchange programs. For more than 50 years, AIFS has been at the forefront of international education and study abroad, with a commitment to high academic standards, health and safety practices, and a dedication to supporting students in order to maximize their time abroad.

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.