Within the Phrases of AIFS Overseas College students


Completely satisfied Research Overseas Day 2023! Happening yearly on the final Monday in February, this nationwide vacation goals to carry consciousness to the advantages and lasting affect of worldwide schooling. Whereas we may sing the praises of going overseas all day, we thought it could be extra significant handy the mic over to YOU. 

Let’s kick off Research Overseas Day 2023! Right here’s what AIFS Overseas members lately shared about their expertise: 

What do you like about learning overseas? 

“I like experiencing one other tradition. I like being somewhat bit uncomfortable. I like studying about someplace that I don’t learn about. I like Europe. I like not staying in my small hometown. I like studying about totally different cultures, totally different meals, about other ways of life. Like I wish to develop my life and my horizons, and actually research overseas is one of the simplest ways to take action.” – Peace | AIFS Overseas in Granada, Spain

Do you know anyone else in your program earlier than going? 

“This is without doubt one of the essential worries I had earlier than learning overseas isn’t figuring out anyone. And no, I didn’t know anyone right here, there’s no person from my house college. I fully met new individuals, lovely individuals. They’re so good. I’m going to go to them again within the States. You, like, get new mates. You construct your social abilities up. You’re an entire totally different individual if you get right here.” – Brooklyn | AIFS Overseas in London, England 

Okay, let’s speak housing. 

“I’d say total dwelling with a number household has been a beautiful expertise. Residing with a household is an effective way to apply the language on a day-to-day foundation. It’s additionally nice to have meals collectively. We eat breakfast and dinner collectively. It’s a means for me to attempt new meals that I’ve by no means eaten earlier than and that’s been actually cool, as a result of I wouldn’t have had that in any other case if I used to be perhaps dwelling in a dorm setting. It’s additionally simply an effective way to get to know individuals on a deeper stage.” – Courtney | AIFS Overseas in San José, Costa Rica

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“I made a decision to reside in an residence slightly than a homestay and I’ve 5 roommates and all of us love our residence a lot!” – Haley | AIFS Overseas in Rome, Italy 

How are lessons overseas? 

“Courses are totally different within the facet that it is vitally hands-on. You wish to be there, you wish to be engaged, and also you wish to be doing the issues that you simply’re studying about. For my Seven Wonders of Spain class, we stroll round Barcelona drawing structure, touching historical past, and being bodily concerned within the issues that we’re studying about.” – Chase | AIFS Overseas in Barcelona, Spain

“I’m additionally selecting to take Wine Advertising as a result of a number of nice wine comes from Tuscany, particularly. The wine manufacturing course of is superb and it’s so cool studying about it right here. I’ve gotten the possibility to take journeys to vineyards within the Tuscan countryside and do wine tastings, which is so superb to get hands-on expertise in an space that’s recognized for this stuff.” – Lauryn | AIFS Overseas in Florence, Italy 

Is figuring out a language in addition to English required to review overseas? 

“There is no such thing as a language requirement vital for this system in any way. There are alternatives to take lessons clearly like I’m in, and I’d positively suggest studying a couple of fundamental phrases and phrases simply to get you by.” – Jenna | AIFS Overseas in Rome, Italy 

“Lots of people in this system do come to Berlin to review German, however it isn’t vital in any respect. I solely knew a couple of phrases in German and I’ve been in a position to get across the metropolis simply nice. All my lessons have been in English and most of the people right here know at the very least a little bit of English.” – Kelly | AIFS Overseas in Berlin, Germany 

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And eventually… do you have to research overseas with AIFS in 2023 (…and past)? 


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