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For Students

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AIFS is sending students abroad! We have created a robust and flexible plan that ensures the health and safety of our students and staff.

Why Choose an AIFS Abroad Program

Invest in Your Future

Become a global citizen in our interconnected world and improve your job prospects.

Explore the World

Live and learn abroad while immersing yourself in a new culture and way of life.

Build Independence

Gain confidence in your ability to navigate new challenges and situations.

Enjoy Unforgettable Experiences

Have a life-changing experience that will last long beyond your time abroad.

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Career Readiness

Our study abroad and internship programs are designed to build self-awareness and confidence and provide the tools necessary to help aspiring professionals make informed decisions that will lead them toward the career path of their choosing. Whether you discover an unexpected new passion on your study abroad program, or intern with the company of your dreams in you chosen field, your international exposure makes you stand out from the crowd.

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We strive to make a positive impact on the world around us


Half of AIFS students receive tuition funding for their program

Learn about Scholarships & Grants


AIFS has has committed to reaching carbon neutrality by the year 2025

Learn About Our Green Initiative


Colleges and Universities that partner with AIFS and send students abroad on our programs.

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Social Identity & Access

One of the best things you can do before departure is enter into the experience knowing that your time abroad will be unique to this experience. The resources, community and support available to you abroad will likely be different as well. In order to help you prepare for your experience abroad, we have compiled many resources about social identity and access in specific locations abroad. Your program staff will also provide you with more details pre-departure and during orientation.

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This is your chance to set yourself apart. Explore the world and your interests while earning academic credit and developing your personal and professional skills. Whether you choose a study abroad program, international internship program or a study + internship program, you will elevate your life’s journey and have something amazing to put on your resumé.

See How It Works

How To Get Started

Step 1

Explore Your Options

With a wide selection of short- and long-term study abroad and internship options to choose from, you’re bound to find your perfect program. Need help? Give us a call to discuss your needs and preferences!

Step 2

Create Your Account

Register with AIFS Abroad to be connected to our network of staff, alumni, and fellow students. You’ll receive news and updates, deadline reminders, specific information about your program of interest, and more.

Step 3

Apply for Your Program

Ready to start your adventure? Submit your application and get started on the most exciting experience of your life! AIFS Abroad staff are experienced, professional, and ready to assist you every step of the way!

Hear From Alumni

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!

FAQs & Resources

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On an AIFS Abroad program, you can expect the best value for your money and are supported through the entire process. Programs include an optional transportation package, a comprehensive insurance plan, centrally located housing, great cultural activities and excursions, tuition and a dedicated support team on-site and from our offices in Stamford, CT and Annapolis, MD. Most colleges throughout the United States recognize the quality of an AIFS Abroad program and easily accept the credits taken at our locations. More than 50% of our students receive financial support from AIFS in the form of scholarships or grants. In addition, our program fees are guaranteed in U.S. dollars (protecting you against currency fluctuation), we do not charge a credit card transaction fee, and do not require a damage deposit for any of our programs. Plus, AIFS Abroad has developed many resources addressing Access and Diversity for participants and it can be found here.

The application typically includes an official transcript, passport photos, a signed course selection sheet and disciplinary clearance form. Application requirements vary by program; students will have access in their online AIFS Abroad portal to all required forms they must submit. Students applying must have their courses approved by their school as part of the application process.

We know that talking to your family about your plan to study abroad can be stressful at first, especially if they have not gone abroad themselves. As such, we have put together some tips to help you have this conversation.

It’s a big world and there are a lot of great locations to choose from. Before selecting your program location it can help to think about your future. Do you have a dream career goal or a course that you need to take while abroad? If so, let that position direct your focus in exploring locations. You can search by academic discipline or length of time that you want to be abroad.

  • Internships, service learning and volunteer programs all offer additional opportunities to engage with your host culture in meaningful Being able to say you studied abroad and did additional structured activities outside of the classroom can be a huge draw for a potential employer. Make sure to talk with your academic advisor to determine if your major requires an internship or volunteer hours for graduation.
  • The AIFS Abroad blog features posts from current and recent study abroad participants and provides more in-depth information about specific You can also log into your AIFS student account and click the “Ask Alumni” button to see a list of students who studied abroad from your university or in your country of interest.

It varies depending on location and program choice; please call the U.S. office for further details at 1-800-727-2437.

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