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Meet the team: Corinne Cohen, Program Director

We’re continuing the series introducing the team behind AIFS Customized, who create faculty-led study abroad programs for hundreds of colleges and universities throughout the US.

This week, we spend a few minutes chatting with Corinne Cohen, Program Director, based in our London, UK office.

What do you do for AIFS? 

I coordinate our London programs. With my fabulous team of staff, we organize all aspects of the program – housing, travel, pastoral care, faculty support, courses and cultural events.

How long have you worked for AIFS?

20 years!

What do you love most about your job? 

 I love being able to help people to view the world differently through their study or teaching abroad experience.

What do you love most about working for AIFS? 

Working with so many like-minded people who really care about the work we do. 

Corinne with her children in Singapore!

What do you like most about working with faculty and students?

 You feel like you are getting to see your city through new eyes – new experiences and questions every time!

Where and when did you study abroad? 

I studied abroad year at the University of Maryland, College Park, 1997.

Any advice for faculty thinking of leading a CFL program abroad?

Do it! Teaching abroad gives you so many opportunities and you will have the full support of the AIFS team while doing so.

Any advice for students thinking of studying abroad?

Be open minded and expect the unexpected.

Tell us something about yourself: 

I run a lot and really enjoy seeing London’s many green spaces as I do so. I have 3 children who love to travel as much as I do – our list of places to visit is getting longer by the day!

Where do you plan to travel to next? Why?

We are headed to the Norfolk coast next month for sea, sand and fish and chips.

Corinne with a “mini London” at Legoland.

Tell us a favorite travel story: 

Traveling in Vietnam, it took my friend and I about half an hour to cross the road on our first morning there. The stream of bikes, rickshaws and cars was never ending! We quickly learned, once we summoned up the courage to step into the road, that they do stop for you.

A favorite book/movie/restaurant or experience that inspired you to travel? 

Jack Kerouac’s On the Road was one of the books that made me want to spend a year living in and traveling around America. 

Tell us your dream trip with an unlimited budget: 

I’ve never been to the continent of Australia so a trip to New Zealand, Australia and Bali would top the list. Closely followed by taking a coast to coast train across Canada.  

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