Paris is one of the world’s great capitals of culture. Known throughout the world for its museums and historical monuments, the city has a laid back vibe and is easy to get around. It's a great city for students to explore with top restaurants and great names in fashion among vintage stores, cafés and take-away crêpes stalls. Prior to spring and fall semesters, an optional early start Intensive French Language and Culture Program in Cannes is available. Students earn 2 credits and acclimate to France in the sunny Mediterranean city of Cannes, with all levels of French available from beginner through superior. Once in Paris, students begin their chosen course of study at Cours de Civilisation Française de la Sorbonne (CCFS) following an orientation workshop. Additionally, AIFS students may take art at the Académie de Port Royal or music courses through the Schola Cantorum. Volunteer opportunities are also available. In January term (winter) students examine how fashion contributes to and is used to express identity in the fine arts course: Fashion in France 18th-21st Century at the prestigious Sorbonne, an independent unit of the University of Paris. This class explores links between fashion and artistic, cultural, social and political contexts across French history. Depending on the term, excursions and travel options may include a trip to the Château of Versailles; an excursion to the Champagne region; a Bateaux-Mouches boat trip along the Seine; a trip to the Châteaux de la Loire; a tour of London, England; and a trip to tour Normandy and Brittany. Visit the AIFS website for term-specific details.
AIFS in London offers a unique academic program. Because of the wide range of degrees offered by Richmond, AIFS students have an array of courses to choose from to help fulfill and complement their degrees. Students can opt to do a Certificate in British Studies Program and focus on courses related to British culture, or choose from a myriad of courses in business, finance, economics, public relations, psychology, sociology, journalism, communications, art, history and more. Volunteer opportunities and an International Internship Program are also available. London is diverse, modern and thriving city, and with AIFS, central London is just outside your door. Situated in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, the Royal Albert Hall and Kensington Palace count among the notable neighbors. A major political, financial and cultural center, London is one of the world’s most cosmopolitan cities. Home to a multitude of museums and galleries, concert halls, theaters, historic buildings and a host of beautiful urban parks, London has something for everyone.
The St. Petersburg Polytechnic Institute was founded in 1899 and became one of the major universities of Russia and the former Soviet Union. It was raised to the status of state technical university in 1990 in recognition of its importance. The University is home to more than 20,000 students and 2,000 professors, lecturers and instructors. The academic program is organized by the Russian Language Center at the Preparatory Department for Foreign Students, one mile from the main campus. This department trains students from all over the world who wish to enter higher education at Russian universities and is highly regarded for excellent teaching of Russian as a foreign language.