Student Resources & FAQs

At AIFS, we support all students in their study abroad journey, regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation. Everyone has a complex identity, and the different aspects of your identity can be important when deciding on a study abroad location.

We encourage you to use the information here to select the program that will be the best fit for your interests and needs and to revisit these resources throughout your study abroad journey. We also encourage you to visit your university's study abroad website and office as they might have more information and resources related to social identities and studying abroad.

While abroad, if you experience challenges related to your identity or want to talk to someone, we encourage you to connect with your Resident Director in-country. They will be able to provide guidance and support to you as well as point you toward resources in your host country to assist with your experience.

If you would like to speak with AIFS alumni who share your social identities, please email us at and let us know and we would be happy to connect you with former AIFS program participants.

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