STAMFORD, CT - April 4, 2014
In 2014, the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), one of the world’s largest cultural exchange and educational travel organizations, is celebrating its’ 50th year of providing safe and enjoyable high-quality programs to students worldwide.
Based in Stamford, Connecticut and with offices in 6 countries, AIFS places approximately 50,000 students a year in their cultural exchange programs, including high school and college study abroad experiences, high school travel, college prep, au pair placement, gifted education, insurance services and camp counselor staffing.
With more than 1.5 million participants during a half-century excellence, AIFS has a strong commitment to its’ vision to “bring the world together” and celebrates a proud history of providing opportunities to the international education community.
“In our 50 years, we have been devoted to offering educational and cultural exchange programs that enrich the lives of young people all over the world,” states William L. Gertz, President and CEO of AIFS. “Our participants receive a life-changing experience that helps break down intercultural walls and enlighten in ways not possible in a classroom. While the world has become much smaller through technology, especially in the last decade, there is no substitute for an actual mind-opening experience and the effect it has on a young person.”
Over the past 50 years, AIFS has emerged as one of the most trusted leaders in international education by not only creating the highest quality programming, but also by placing a premium on participant safety. AIFS’ extensive network of overseas partners and U.S. staff have spent years perfecting a support system that ensures the safety and well-being of all participants.
AIFS was founded in 1964, when Sir Cyril Taylor and his two partners left Proctor & Gamble to form an organization that could facilitate international travel for students. They created a study/travel organization utilizing the campuses of European universities that were closed during the summer months and contacted high school language teachers, encouraging them to recruit students. In 1965, the first summer of operation was launched with 1,500 high school students participating.
For information on the 50th anniversary of AIFS, contact Mike Liberty at (203) 399-5187 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
This program opened my eyes to a culture and society I knew very little about. I made great friends and had a fabulous time during the process. I would do it all over again in a heartbeat.Jessica Cobb, Western Michigan University
I chose this program because of everything it offered. The fact that everything was included made the experience much less stressful. The people working for the program definitely ensured we got the most out of our time here. The AIFS cultural activities and excursions were excellent. It was a wonderful life experience I will have with me forever.Stephanie Bingham, Oklahoma State University
Growing up with an au pair made me much more aware that there were cultures and societies other than mine. This had a significant impact on me specifically because I was exposed to foreign cultures at such a young age.Ryan Comerford, age 21