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A Parent Guide to Study Abroad

A Parent Guide to Study Abroad

Parents often have a lot of questions and concerns about studying abroad. A new book, co-written by our President and CEO, Bill Gertz, aims to help parents navigate the process. Released just in time for graduation and summer break, A Parent Guide to Study Abroad, written…

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Inis Oirr, the Aran Islands

Inis Oirr, the Aran Islands

Alumni Ambassador Andrea studied abroad in Limerick, Ireland with us and when we asked her about one of her most memorable experiences, she wrote about her excursion to Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands… “A humpback whale and her calf have been spotted…

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VCU Students Receive Gilman Scholarship

VCU Students Receive Gilman Scholarship

Congratulations to the ten Virginia Commonwealth University students who have been awarded summer scholarships through the Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program. VCU students will truly be all over the world, studying in such diverse places as France, Denmark, China, South Africa, Barbados, Thailand and Mexico….

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Volunteering in Florence

Volunteering in Florence

Charles studied abroad in Florence last fall and above everything else, the most impactful experience he had was volunteering once a week at a restaurant called I Ragazzi di Sipario, a typical Italian trattoria but for the fact that the owner started it to help…

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Alumni Ambassador Deadline 5/15

Alumni Ambassador Deadline 5/15

Have you heard about the AIFS Alumni Ambassador Program? It’s a para-professional development program designed to allow exceptional alumni the opportunity to promote study abroad on campus, develop relevant career skills, and share your experience with interested students. If you studied abroad with us in…

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Take IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Video Challenge!

Take IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Video Challenge!

Has study abroad changed your life? Then add your voice to Generation Study Abroad! Submit your digital story today to IIE’s Generation Study Abroad Voices Video Challenge and help show Americans how important study abroad is. In a bold effort to double the number of…

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Things I Learned From My Host Mom (Part 2)

Things I Learned From My Host Mom (Part 2)

Last year for Mother’s Day we asked our alumni who lived in a homestay to share some of their favorite stories about their host mother. This year we checked in again with our bloggers and Alumni Ambassadors to ask what they learned from their host mom….

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Trip Advisor’s 10 Best Islands in the World

Trip Advisor’s 10 Best Islands in the World

There are so many amazing islands, how can you choose just ten? Trip Advisor polled their readers and just came out with their 2015 list of the Best Islands in the World. Here are a few of the best, along with where you can study…

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NAFSA Advocacy Day 2015

NAFSA Advocacy Day 2015

Every year, NAFSA, the professional association for international educators, holds an event in Washington, DC called Advocacy Day. This 2-day event is comprised of advocacy training and practice activities, and ends with visits to each individual’s congressional delegation on Capitol Hill to advocate for international education…

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#tbt to the Cannes Film Festival 2013

#tbt to the Cannes Film Festival 2013

#tbt to when Caroline studied abroad in Cannes, interned at the Cannes Film Festival, and was an assistant to David Hasselhoff. Do you need any other reasons to study abroad? Spring semester students in Cannes have an amazing opportunity each semester as their study abroad…

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