American Institute For Foreign Study

We bring the world together

Providing Educational & Cultural Exchange Programs Since 1964


AIFS Study Abroad

Study Abroad Programs for U.S. College Students

U.S. college students can study at 29 international universities while earning academic credit. Semester, summer, January term and academic year programs are available. Customized Faculty Led programs are also available.

Au Pair in America

The First International Live-in Child Care Program for U.S. Families

Qualified young women from all over the world come to the U.S. on an official J-1 Visa to learn about U.S. culture while providing quality, intercultural child care for U.S. families.

Academic Year in America (AYA)

High School International Exchange

High school students from over 60 countries come to the U.S. as exchange students and live with U.S. families for an academic year or semester. This program is organized by the American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation.

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)

Programs for Gifted & Academically Talented Youth

Unique 3-week summer programs for gifted and talented students. Residential programs are available for students ages 9-17 at some of the most prestigious campuses nationwide, including Yale and Princeton. Many locations also offer a commuter option. Younger students ages 5-12 can participate in SIG day programs at one of 16 locations. Programs are open to U.S. and international students. SIG also offers a robust online program. SIG is a program of the National Society for the Gifted and Talented (NSGT).

AIFS Study Abroad - Gap Year

AIFS offers a wide range of unique programs for high school seniors. Students can choose from several study abroad programs during the academic year and the summer. Why not get your first taste of college life on an international campus?


Exceptional Educational Travel for High School Students

Organizes educational group travel programs across the globe for teachers and high school students interested in an exceptional educational journey, not just an ordinary tour.

Camp America

International Staffing for U.S. Summer Camps

Young adults ages 18+ from all over the world travel to the U.S. during the summer on an official U.S. J-1 Visa to work as camp counselors and provide support functions.

Customized, Faculty-Led Study Abroad

Formal arrangements between educational institutions and AIFS in which AIFS provides logistical support, student services, classrooms, housing facilities & cultural activities at a location abroad, plus student medical and fee refund insurances and over $50 million of liability insurance for the U.S. college/university.

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI)

Comprehensive Insurance Coverage for the International Education Market

Provides exceptional insurance policies for international students coming to the U.S. and American students studying abroad. In 2015, nearly 200,000 students from all over the world were insured by CISI and its European affiliate CareMed.

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