AIFS programs include College Study Abroad, Camp America, gifted education and high school study and travel

Founded in 1964, and under the direction of founder Sir Cyril Taylor, the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) is one of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world. With global offices in 6 countries, we organize cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year. Since 1964, more than 1.5 million students and teachers have participated in AIFS programs worldwide.

Our Vision is 'We bring the world together ®' and our Mission is 'To provide the highest quality educational and cultural exchange programs to enrich the lives of young people throughout the world'. Check out our programs below and you will bringing people and experiences together, we bring the world together.

Values we are committed to

  • Excellence in programs, operations and people
  • Respect and understanding of different cultures
  • Exceptional support networks for our program participants to ensure their safety and security
  • Honest, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment of program participants, partners and employees
  • Technological innovation
  • Teamwork and collaboration both within the organization and with partners
  • Encouragement of employee initiative and professional development
  • Responsible financial stewardship

The AIFS Vision: We bring the world together®

How does AIFS rate?

See what AIFS participants had to say during a recent survey.


Camp America: 94% of respondent Camp Participants rated the program as "excellent" or "good".


Academic Year in America (AYA): 96% of respondent students rated their experience as "excellent" or "good".


American Council For International Studies (ACIS): 98% of respondent participants rated their experience as "excellent" or "good".


AIFS College Study Abroad: 94% of respondent students rated their experience as "excellent" or "good".


Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG): 91% of respondent students rated their experience as"excellent" or "good".


Partnership Programs: 95% of respondent participants rated their experience as "excellent" or "good".

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