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About AIFS Abroad

At AIFS Abroad, our mission is to provide the highest quality, inclusive, and innovative global education programs through a supportive structure for our diverse participants and stakeholders around the world.

Every institution is unique, and so our relationship with every university partner is bespoke to their processes, infrastructure, goals, and student populations. Our responsive approach helps offices do more by relying on our team as an extension of their own.

OUR Foundational pillars

  • AIFS Abroad Foundational Pillars: Academic Excellence.

    ACADEMIC
    EXCELLENCE

    We offer exceptional and innovative programs in a wide range of academic and professional fields. 

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  • AIFS Abroad Foundational Pillars: Career Readiness.

    CAREER
    READINESS

    We agree professional development is the foundation of preparation for participants’ time abroad.

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  • AIFS Abroad Foundational Pillars: Aide.

    AIDE

    We acknowledge that Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity, are a journey; we invite you to learn and practice with us.

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  • AIFS Abroad Foundational Pillars: Sustainability

    SUSTAINABILITY

    We are pursuing carbon neutrality and committed to the Climate Action Network for International Educators (CANIE) as a signatory. 

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Become an AIFS Abroad PartNer

Partnership with AIFS Abroad provides many benefits to your institution and your students. If you are interested in affiliating with AIFS Abroad, please review our partner resources.

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Our Organization 

AIFS Abroad is part of the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), Inc, our parent company, which has served more than 1.6 million participants since 1964. AIFS is beneficially owned by the Cyril Taylor Charitable Foundation, a U.K. charity dedicated to funding international education. The Foundation contributes over $1.5 million of scholarships and grants each year to increase the participation of underserved communities in international education.

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AIFS Abroad Global Education Center locations.

Global Education centers (GECs)

AIFS Abroad Global Education Centers (GECs) offer a new and innovative model of international education that places the student, the educator, and the host culture at the center of the experience.

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AIFS Foundation Research and Publishing 

The AIFS Foundation has a ton of publication resources available including study abroad guides for parents and students, career development guides, but also reports on education and economic outlooks across world regions. 

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AIFS Abroad Board of Advisors.

Board of Advisors 

Our diverse board of advisors provides guidance and direction to our organization. Advisors visit our sites, familiarize themselves with our curriculum, and offer their expertise in reviewing current and future AIFS Abroad programming.

Meet the Board
Ping Taylor Professional Fellows Grant winners.

Ping Taylor Professional Fellows Grant 

Named in honor of AIFS founder Sir Cyril Taylor and former chair of CIEE, Dr. Charles Ping, this program provides funds for higher education administrators and faculty to attend annual conferences led by NAFSA: Association for International Educators, Forum on Education Abroad, and Diversity Abroad. This grant can be used for conference-related costs such as registration, airfare, hotel, and meals. 

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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
Read more about our health and safety protocols
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Customized, Faculty-Led Programs

Pioneered by AIFS Abroad, customized faculty-led study abroad programs are formal arrangements between AIFS Abroad and educational institutions in which AIFS Abroad 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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News and Features

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Advisors

Celebrating 60 Years of AIFS: A Practitioner’s Journey in Global Education

May 9, 2024

As I reflect on the remarkable milestone of AIFS’s 60th anniversary, I can’t help but be filled with a sense of gratitude for all those who have been a part…

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Advisors

We Can Do Better Than This: In Pursuit of Intentional Conference Stewardship

April 17, 2024

Last year, during the NAFSA annual conference in Washington, DC, a sudden bell rang in my head. In the Starbucks line of the Marriott Marquis, twelve colleagues and I lined…

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Advisors

AIDE: What Is Your Why?

March 8, 2024

“What is Your Why?”. When it comes to diversity, equity, inclusion, asking this seemingly simple question can be the most powerful tool in opening discussions to create a culture of belonging…

Webinars & Events

Traveling abroad requires a lot of moving pieces, but your students and interns are not alone. AIFS Abroad offers informative virtual open houses and webinars for you and them to learn about the destinations and programs available, as well as how to navigate the visa process. 

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Supporting International Education

AIFS Abroad is a Supporting Access Partner of the Fund for Education Abroad. This means that in each academic year, AIFS Abroad contributes a specific amount of funds to support both scholarship applicants on AIFS Abroad 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.

AIFS Abroad site visit with advisors.

Supporting your professional development

Program Site Visits

Broaden your staff and faculty members’ knowledge of AIFS Abroad program locations and staff through visits to our program sites. Education abroad professionals know that having personal on-site knowledge of programs is key to successful student advising. AIFS Abroad arranges site visits to select program sites each semester.

Staff and faculty from all AIFS Abroad affiliates are eligible to request funding; AIFS Abroad covers most costs including hotel, ground transportation, and most meals. The capacity for participation in funded site visits varies each year and requests are accommodated based on available spaces.

All institutions, including those not affiliated, may elect to participate in the site visit at their own cost on a space available basis. If you are interested in learning more, please connect with your University Relations representative.

  • Spring 2023: Dublin, Ireland and London, England
  • Fall 2023: Florence and Rome, Italy
  • Fall 2024: Prague, Czech Republic and Berlin, Germany 

Support For Conference Attendance

Through the Ping Taylor Professional Fellows Grant, AIFS and CIEE will donate $100,000 over the next three years (beginning in Fall 2022), allowing higher education administrators and faculty to attend annual conferences led by NAFSA: Association for International Educators, Forum on Education Abroad, and Diversity Abroad. Read more on our website: https://welcome.aifsabroad.com/landing/ping-taylor-fund/.

Other Opportunities

  • Webinars
  • Clifton Strengths-based programming
  • Workshops
  • Focus Groups
  • Trainings

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities, please contact your regional representative. Check the Contacts page to confirm the name of your representative.

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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Let’s Connect

Whether you are interested in explore how AIFS Abroad can support your international program offerings, are looking to partner with us, or have general questions on our programs, our University Relations team is here to support you.

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