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Study Abroad

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Introduction

With almost 60 years of experience in international education, AIFS Abroad has the resources and expertise to provide what our students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe. We have a location for every interest, major and preference! Immerse yourself in a new language in cities like Barcelona and Buenos Aires, or study surrounded by natural beauty in the Galapagos Islands. Wherever you want to go, make your study abroad dreams a reality!

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How it Works

Step 1

Select Your Program

Take time to consider when, where, and why you want to study abroad. AIFS Abroad offers a wide range of program options year-round. Browse our programs by city, country, term, or courses offered.

Step 2

Prepare

Talk to your family or support system about your plans. They can find information on safety abroad, program details, and the benefits of studying abroad on our Family and Support Network page. Make an appointment with your academic advisor and the study abroad office at your school. They can help ensure the credits you earn abroad are approved for transfer credit at your home university. You’ll also want to contact the financial aid office at your home university to see if any financial aid you may receive can be applied to your time abroad.

Step 3

Apply

Create your account to begin your study abroad application process. Once you have submitted your application fee, you will have a small list of tasks to complete with help from your AIFS Enrollment Team. Students applying must have their courses approved by their school as part of the application process. The application typically includes an official transcript, passport photos, a signed course selection sheet and a disciplinary clearance form.

Step 4

Accept

Congratulations! Once you submit all the required documents, your application is officially considered complete. You should receive an acceptance decision within approximately two weeks via email.

Step 5

Pay Deposit

You’re ready to enroll in your program! Secure your spot by paying your deposit.

Step 6

Get Ready for Take Off

You’ll need a valid passport. Make sure that you apply for (or renew) your passport as soon as possible. Carefully read all the information provided to you, since you may need to apply for a student visa.

Destinations

AIFS Abroad offers a wide range of study abroad and internship program options in exciting locations across the globe, from cosmopolitan European capital cities to biodiverse tropical locales. Find your perfect destination!

What’s included

Maximize your time abroad with our highly comprehensive programs!

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  • Tuition

    With transcript, provided by outstanding host universities, facilitating academic credit transfer.

  • Program Fees Guaranteed in U.S. Dollars

    To protect against currency fluctuation.

  • Housing

    In many locations, you will have the option of living in a carefully chosen homestay, apartment or residence hall.

  • Green Initiative

    Carbon offsetting for all participants’ flights to and from their program location.

  • Cultural & Social Activities

    Help you learn more about your location and complement your academic studies. (Some details vary by program, so please check program pages for specific inclusions).

  • On-Site Resident Director

    For guidance on issues relating to academics, language, cultural differences, health and more.

Global Themes

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

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See Our Students Abroad

Follow along on our students’ adventures abroad! Learn about the AIFS Abroad experience from people who are actually living it. From language and culture lessons to interviews with host families and AIFS staff abroad, your fellow students love to share. Let their passion for international experiences inspire your own journey!

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Two students walking on a beach in Limerick, Ireland.
A group of students walking through the streets of Stellenbosch.

Finance Your Global Education

AIFS recognizes the challenges today’s students face with meeting the cost of their education. We believe that an international educational experience is an essential component of well-rounded university education and we are committed to providing financial assistance to as many students as possible in support of their goal to study abroad. AIFS funding, combined with other sources of financial support students can access, will help make study abroad attainable. 

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FAQs & Resources

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AIFS Abroad offers programs that can accommodate all levels of language learners – from the beginner to fluent and native speakers. While abroad, you will have the opportunity to increase your language competency through language partner programs and homestays with native speakers. According to the most recent AIFS Alumni Outcomes Survey, 48% of program alumni indicated participation in an AIFS Study Abroad Program contributed to their ability to speak a foreign language. Visit the AIFS blog to read posts from participants who studied a language abroad.

On our semester programs, you must take a full course load to be considered full-time students due to visa regulations. Typically, this means four to five three-credit courses. On our summer programs, the course load is usually one or two three-credit classes. January term programs typically consist of one, three-credit class.

Your home institution determines how credits will transfer. As a part of your AIFS Abroad application, you will complete a Course Approval Form, which will be signed off by your study abroad office staff and/or faculty at your university. We recommend getting additional courses approved in case you decide to change courses while abroad. An official transcript will be issued by the university abroad and sent to your home university at the end of the semester.

AIFS Abroad is happy to accept US Financial Aid and any outside grants or scholarships you receive. It is always up to their home institution and the scholarship provider to determine how funds can be applied to study abroad. Your student will need to work with their campus study abroad office, financial aid office and their AIFS Admissions Officer to file the necessary forms for aid to transfer. More than 50% of students receive a grant and/or scholarship from AIFS. Students are encouraged to apply for any funding opportunities for which they are eligible.

Regardless of how much financial aid you are expecting, the following items must be paid in full by the final payment deadline and may not be included in your student’s financial aid package:

  • Optional AIFS Flight Package, fees and flight penalties
  • Optional Excursions
  • Enrollment deposit

When you create your free AIFS Abroad student account, you gain access to our vast alumni network who are happy to answer questions about specific locations and the study abroad process in general. To connect with alumni, click on the “Ask Alumni” button in your AIFS student portal. You can search by program location and host university.

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