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Why AIFS Abroad

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Providing high quality, inclusive and innovative global education programs. We believe in:

High-Quality Academic Programming

We offer exceptional programs in a wide range of academic and professional fields. Most colleges throughout the United States recognize the quality of AIFS Abroad programs and easily accept the credits you earn abroad.

Promoting Intercultural Understanding

We encourage cross-cultural learning and increased understanding through academic, career-focused,  and extracurricular activities that enable you to interact with and gain a deeper understanding of the culture of your program location.

Empowering Diversity

Through the AIFS Abroad Plan of Action for AIDE (Access, Inclusion, Diversity, and Equity), we ensure every participant can gain the most from their experience abroad and will be treated with dignity and respect.

Helping You Find Yourself and a Career You Love

Through our use of the Clifton StrengthsFinders™ assessment, participants can maximize their time abroad. One-on-one mentoring and coaching will help you see your skills in new ways and take the next big step in your life toward your dream career.

Big Steps, Small Footprints

With the AIFS Abroad Green Initiative, we are committed to working towards a carbon neutral future. Programs include carbon offsets for your flights to and from your program destination and on-the-ground environmental learning opportunities.

Safety and Transparency

Your safety is always our top priority. All programs include 24/7 emergency support, a comprehensive travel and medical insurance package and on-site staff who are intimately familiar with your program location.

Our History

Since 1964, AIFS has provided students with challenging educational programs in culturally diverse locations around the world. Our participants gain independence and valuable experience by immersing in the art, history, and business environment of a culture different from their own.  The result is a more interconnected and peaceful world for future generations.

AIFS Abroad is a program of AIFS, which is beneficially owned by the UK charity established by founder, Sir Cyril Taylor. Jack Burg heads AIFS as President. AIFS is guided under the leadership and direction of Chairman, William L. Gertz.

1964

AIFS Founded

by Sir Cyril Taylor

1965

First Program

High school

1967

AIFS Foundation

created with assistance from Senator Robert Kennedy–non profit

1968

First College Program

AIFS Abroad

1972

Richmond College

in London. First ever to have UK and US accreditation

1982

Partnership Programs

Custom Faculty Led

1992

CISI Created

Cultural Insurance Services International

2010

1.5 Million Enrollments

2019

Global Experiences

joins the AIFS family

2021

AIFS Abroad

Incorporating study, internship, & customized faculty programs is launched

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A World of Program Options

At AIFS Abroad, we have a program for just about everyone. We offer award winning study abroad, intern abroad, volunteer abroad, and customized faculty-led programs in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas. 

Choose from a wide range of program options that appeal to various majors and motivations for going abroad – from academic study abroad programs at some of the world’s top universities to full-time internships and short-term language and cultural immersion programs.  

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We Strive To Make A Positive Impact On The World Around Us

500+

University Partners

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4000+

Employer Partners

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96%

Participant approval rating

Why Choose AIFS Abroad?

6000+

Students per year

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Programs Designed with YOU in Mind

From our streamlined application process to inclusive program options, we believe in making the process of studying or interning abroad simple. With AIFS Abroad, you can find a program that includes everything you’re looking for — including tuition, housing, insurance, cultural activities and optional flight and meal plans. 

Our programs are designed to include tuition, housing, on-the-ground support, social and cultural activities, insurance, and emergency services. All participants receive pre- and post-departure support such as access to our robust alumni network, career development guidance, and resources.

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The key to health and safety is being prepared. All AIFS Abroad programs include 24/7 emergency support, comprehensive travel and medical insurance, and intensive pre-departure and on-arrival training to help you adjust to living in a new location.

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AIFS Abroad Program Standards align with The Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice and Diversity Abroad’s Access, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (AIDE) Roadmap.

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Support You Can Count On

All AIFS Abroad programs have teams of dedicated professionals to guide you through every stage of your journey, from enrollment and pre-departure to your return and beyond. Our experienced Resident Directors or Location Staff are on-site and available to help you throughout your program. We are here for you!

Meet Our Team

My time abroad has not only been a deeply enriching experience that has shaped my worldly perspectives and allowed for incredible personal growth and self-discovery, but a change in perspective on my academic, career, and life goals.

AIFS has a lot to offer. The more I talked to American students from other programs, the more I realized that AIFS was clearly the best choice.

I would recommend this program to other prospective students. It was well organized with excellent accommodations and wonderful faculty. A once in a lifetime experience!

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