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AIFS Abroad Global Education Centers

London, England
Roman Forum in Rome, Italy.
Ponte Vecchio, Florence, Italy.
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About 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.


Our GECs provide rigorous, site-oriented curricula for students who seek distinct coursework or center-based support. Based in central neighborhoods of some of Europe’s most culturally unique cities, the AIFS Abroad GECs are academic hubs which provide close faculty mentorship and cultivate inquiry of host communities in a social, cultural, and historical context.

Destinations

Students can experience the GECs during summer, J-term, semester, or academic year in the following locations:

  • The Duomo in Florence, Italy.

    FLORENCE

    DaVinci. Michelangelo. Gucci. Dante. There’s something about this beautiful city that inspires genius and creativity. Florence is home to world-class museums, cutting-edge fashion and a nearly unrivaled culinary scene. Students choose from a broad range of courses and immerse themselves in Italian life and culture.

  • A view of London, England.

    LONDON

    As a major political, financial and cultural center, London is one of the world’s most thriving and cosmopolitan cities. Whether their interests are art or theater, fashion or film, business or music, London GEC students can expect a stimulating and engaging experience in a truly dynamic world capital.

  • The Colosseum in Rome.

    ROME

    Textbooks come to life as students visit legendary sites like the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and world-class museums. In addition to choosing from a wide array of courses across many disciplines, participants immerse themselves a welcoming culture steeped in thousands of years of history.

  • A view of Salzburg, Austria

    SALZBURG

    Salzburg’s lush meadows, stunning mountains and charming coffee houses make the city an ideal location for students studying abroad. The Salzburg GEC is the perfect program for students who love the outdoors, music, history and culture, and for those intending to study German Language.

Our Academic Framework

AIFS Abroad has developed the Learn-Connect-Grow learning framework, synthesizing best practices accumulated over 60 years of educating more than 1.8 million students. We provide relevant, multimodal coursework to deepen subject knowledge and ensure degree progression, while centering students in the host country.

Our faculty and staff are our greatest academic asset—the continuity of expertise and connections we have to local archives, libraries, and centers of cultural learning are unparalleled. Most AIFS Abroad faculty have terminal degrees in their field and are considered experts in their community; likewise, our onsite program directors hold decades of experience supporting students with extensive networks to facilitate participant success.

AIFS Abroad has more than 100 faculty teaching a comprehensive range of classes in our GECs. Subject experts and accomplished local scholars, our faculty serve as academic mentors and cultural gateways to understanding academic fields in the global lens.

AIFS Abroad offers 200+ classes and dozens of internships across our GECs, so students can custom build their curriculum based on academic and personal paths.

Course Examples

  • BUSI/ECON 301: Europe and the Global Economy (Salzburg, Austria)
  • ART HIST 343: Otherness and Diversity in Renaissance Art (Florence, Italy)
  • PSYCH 320: Theories of Personality (London, England)
  • POLI SCI 311: The Rise of the Right: A History of Fascism (Salzburg, Austria)
  • FASHION 321: Italian Style Made in Italy (Rome, Italy)
  • POLI SCI 318: London and Social Justice Movements (London, England)
  • SOCI 300: Service Learning for UNESCO (Florence, Italy)

As our transcripting institution, the Fairfield University School of Record Academic Committee of faculty regularly reviews all AIFS Abroad courses and visits GECs annually to provide site specific feedback. All GEC coursework is assigned a department and course number by Fairfield.

In addition to their close collaboration, AIFS Abroad’s distinguished Academic Advisory Council is comprised of eight faculty from the U.S. and one faculty representing each GEC. All hold terminal degrees in their field and meet regularly to discuss and develop responsive, relevant curriculum.

We believe that center-based programs should not sacrifice local engagement or individual learning. By scaffolding our academic program with intention, our participants learn in ways they may not find in less personalized programs.

  • AIFS Abroad’s experienced program directors facilitate thoughtful cultural activities which deepen knowledge of their host community.
  • All GECs provide high impact experiential opportunities including award-winning internships, mentored research or community service.
  • We integrate local sustainability education in program curriculum, fostering responsible stewardship in our host communities and building life-long student practice.
  • Our Global Career Readiness program, which includes the CliftonStrengths® assessment, helps students identify and harness unique strengths for personal and professional development before, during, and after their program.

As our own centers, AIFS Abroad GECs can flexibly host university partner programs for semester and shorter-term programming with little customization. Our facilities include classroom and office space, wifi, housing, and the renowned AIFS Abroad student support and co-curriculum structure.

Academic Fields

Our GECs offer an incredible range of course disciplines to suit most student’s interests and academic needs, from social sciences and language arts to business and fashion. Available academic fields include:

Anthropology

Architecture

Art and Art History

Business

Communications

Criminology

Economics

English

Environmental Studies

Fashion

Film

Fine Art & Photography

German Language

History

Italian Language

Literature

Management

Marketing

Music

Philosophy

Political Science

Psychology

Religious Studies

Sociology 

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Health, Wellbeing and Safety

Over 60 years, we have managed and mitigated more risk than nearly any other study abroad provider. We take a proactive stance focused on student health and safety infrastructure; but when emergencies happen, we’re backed by the most experienced, connected resources in the world. 

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  • Personalized relationships.

    We know our students by name. GECs also house staff offices so we interact with students regularly to foster a culture of care and support.  

  • Vetted and inclusive housing.

    AIFS Abroad housing is included in all programs and thoroughly screened for building safety, area crime statistics, transport distance, and can accommodate all genders.  

  • Mindhamok.

    Students manage their mental health and wellness via Mindhamok, our partner helping to build pre-departure care plans and connecting with therapists abroad. 

  • Social Identity Resources.

    Regularly revised by onsite teams with our Director of Inclusion Initiatives, AIFS Abroad Social Identity Resources help participants navigate identity-related experiences they may have and provide them with local resources. 

  • CISI.

    We enroll every student in insurance provided by Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI), including a global app through which they access local doctors, mark themselves “safe” during an incident, and request assistance while traveling independently. 

Global Themes

Explore courses, internships and experiences through the lens of major cross disciplinary interest areas for a more immersive, holistic experience.

Explore Our Global Themes
A bridge in Florence, Italy.

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