About AIFS

AIFS Programs

Educational and Cultural Exchange

Summer Institute for the Gifted (SIG)
for students aged 4 to 17
SIG is a three-week academic, recreational and social summer program for gifted and talented students ages 4 though 17. Each year, nearly 2,000 gifted students, including hundreds of international students, attend SIG at one of our many prestigious university campuses across the US, including Princeton, UC Berkeley and Yale.
To learn more, visit www.giftedstudy.org

Academic Year in America (AYA)
for students aged 15 to 18
The American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation is the proud sponsor of our high school exchange program, Academic Year in America (AYA). Recognized as a leader in the field of student exchange, AYA annually brings nearly 1,000 high school students from over 35 countries to live with American families and attend local high schools under this J-1 Visa program. AYA also administrates two prestigious US Department of State exchange programs: Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) and Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES).
To learn more, visit www.academicyear.org

University Prep
for students aged 15 to 18 who plan to attend university in the U.S.
High school sophomores and juniors interested in taking the SAT and attending university in the US spend 3 weeks on a college campus learning the ins and outs of the US admissions process. Students take courses in SAT prep that are designed to raise scores significantly, practice admissions strategies, and visit some of America's top universities.
To learn more, visit www.giftedstudy.org/up

AIFS Study Abroad
for university students who wish to study abroad for a semester or summer
AIFS annually organizes study abroad programs for more than 5,000 American students during the academic year and the summer. All courses are for academic credit. AIFS works closely with over 500 American universities and providing students with high quality study abroad programs in 22 countries, including Australia, Costa Rica, Czech Republic, England, France, India, Italy, New Zealand, Russia, South Africa, Spain, and Turkey. International students participating in these programs must have strong English language skills.
To learn more, visit www.aifsabroad.com

Educational Group Travel

ACIS
group travel programs led by teachers or organizational leaders
The American Council for International Studies (ACIS), based in Boston, arranges educational travel programs for some 12,000 high school students and teachers each year. Programs are offered worldwide and can be customized.
To learn more, visit www.acis.com

Work Abroad and Cultural Exchange Programs

Camp America
summer work abroad programs for young adults aged 18+
Camp America staff are international visitors who travel to the United States on the J-1 Visitor Exchange visa. Each year, more than 6,000 foreign students and young people take seasonal jobs as camp counselors and support staff in U.S. summer camps.
To learn more, visit www.campamerica.aifs.com

Au Pair in America
child care and cultural exchange program for young women aged 18-26
Au Pair in America (APIA) brings over 4,000 young people into the United States each year, for child care and cultural exchange. APIA was the first legal J-1 visitor exchange au pair program, designated by the U.S. Government in 1986, and is recognized as the highest quality opportunity of its kind for both hosting families and participating au pairs.
To learn more, visit www.aupairinamerica.com

International Travel Insurance

Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI)
individual and group travel insurance for students
For nearly two decades, Cultural Insurance Services International (CISI) has offered the most comprehensive insurance coverage to the international education market. We provide insurance coverage, travel/medical assistance and claim paying services to more than 100,000 international students and cultural exchange participants worldwide each year.

CISI has access to both the domestic and international insurance markets and has extensive experience providing international travelers with insurance plans. CISI prides itself on exceptional customer service and insurance plans designed specifically for students and cultural exchange participants. So no matter where your participants choose to study, travel, visit or tour, we've got them covered.
To learn more, visit www.culturalinsurance.com