AIFS has been a leading organization providing cultural exchange & educational opportunities for more than 1.5 million young people.
With our vast experience, long-standing global partnerships and financial security, we have been able to provide our participants with a wide variety of high quality programs, top-notch services and unique cultural experiences for more than half a century.
The opportunity and need for enhanced global understanding is now greater than ever. AIFS is proud to meet this need through our family of programs. Our programs teach young people from all over the world to understand each other’s qualities, values and differences. AIFS program participants learn vital language skills as well as the ability to function—and excel—in different cultures. We provide our program participants with the educational edge they need to succeed in a highly competitive, diverse and interdependent world.
With our vast experience, long-standing global partnerships and financial security, we have been able to provide our participants with a wide variety of high quality programs, top-notch services and unique cultural experiences for nearly half a century.
Our British office has been awarded the prestigious, UK government-sponsored “Investors in People” award, which recognizes organizations committed to high standards of service delivered through the motivation of a skilled workforce. Our Stamford office was recently ranked as one of the top 10 places to work in Connecticut by Workplace Dynamics and Hearst Newspapers. We proudly look back on over 50 years of service to individuals and institutions involved with educational and cultural exchange. We look forward to the future and to a world that shares a common global vision of peace and prosperity.
For more than 50 years, AIFS has been a true leader in the field of international exchange. Every day, AIFS provides its participants and their hosts with life-changing experiences, reaching across borders to build understanding and friendships that enrich lives and make the world a better place.
"Beyond its programming excellence, AIFS has provided a strong, persuasive voice in the policy arena, helping to formulate new programs and ensure that government oversight of exchange programs supports the growth and well-being of these critical components of public diplomacy."
–Michael McCarry, Executive Director, Alliance for International Educational & Cultural Exchange
Sir Cyril Taylor, GBE, AIFS Founder, receiving the insignia of Knight Grand Cross of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire from Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II for his services to education
"AIFS has a strong reputation of opening doors for students around the world including myself. My time studying abroad in London at Richmond, The American International University in London, remains one of the most important foundations of my education. By getting to know people and their way of life overseas as a college student, I became better prepared to serve in Congress. It is important that people have a better understanding of their neighbors around the world, and the outstanding work of AIFS is helping make that a reality."
–Former Congressman Russ Carnahan, MO-3, Chairman, International Organizations, Human Rights and Oversight Subcommittee
William L. Gertz, Chairman, President & CEO of the American Institute For Foreign Study, meeting with former Congressman Russ Carnahan
"On behalf of NAFSA’s Board of Directors and with great personal pleasure, I congratulate the American Institute For Foreign Study on the occasion of its 50th anniversary. AIFS has been an invaluable supporter of NAFSA, contributor to study abroad initiatives, and has actively encouraged staff to serve as NAFSA volunteers, leaders and thought leaders for the field. We look forward to many more years of close collaboration with AIFS. Thank you for your contributions to international education and exchange and we wish you continued success."
–Marlene M. Johnson, Executive Director and CEO, NAFSA: Association of International Educators
Congressional Record, Introduced by Senator Christopher Murphy of Connecticut