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About AIFS

AIFS was founded in 1964 and since then, over 1.6 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.


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Become an AIFS Abroad AFFILIATE

Affiliation with AIFS Abroad provides many benefits to your institution and your students. If you are interested in partnering with AIFS Abroad, please review our affiliation resources.

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Health, Safety and Financial Security

  • A Program Coordinator, familiar with the local area, to support students and faculty throughout the program
  • Competitive medical insurance package
  • All land prices guaranteed in U.S. dollars to protect against currency fluctuation
  • No hidden fees, administrative fees, or credit card fees
  • AIFS holds over $50 million in liability insurance
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Our commitment to Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity

At AIFS, we support all students in their study abroad journey, inclusive of their gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Read more about our ongoing AIDE practice, view our Social Identity and Access information by location, and our Social Identity Resources.

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Customized, Faculty-Led Programs

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.

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Supporting International Education

AIFS is a Supporting Access Partner of the Fund for Education Abroad. This means that in each academic year, AIFS contributes a specific amount of funds to support both scholarship applicants on AIFS programs, and the daily operations of the organization itself. Together we aim to increase the accessibility of AIFS Abroad study, internship, and customized faculty-led programs for underrepresented participants. We work together on marketing, outreach, and support for applicants and scholars.

The University of Florida has been affiliated with AIFS for more than 20 years and considers them one of our most trusted partners. As part of our long-lasting relationship, we have been able to send hundreds of students on their study abroad programs. In the constantly growing world of program providers, AIFS certainly stands out for their professionalism and their expertise in the field.

This program opened my eyes to a culture and society I knew very little about. I made great friends and had a fabulous time during the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.

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