The program combines traditional classroom learning with field trips exploring the landscapes, history and culture that inspired Shakespeare, Jane Austen, J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis and J.K. Rowling to name a few. Adventure through the British countryside with your professor bringing some of your favorite books to life; take an exhilarating journey up breathtaking mountains in north Wales reminiscent of Middle Earth and be transported to Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry in the cloisters of Gloucester Cathedral. Spend 3 weeks journeying in the footsteps of great British fantasy fiction authors and their characters. Start with the legend of King Arthur and Merlin in the Welsh town of Bangor, travel through landscape and time exploring the evolution of myth, fantasy and magic through popular fiction to present-day London and the phenomenon of the Harry Potter series.
Earn credits through a wide variety of courses when you study in beautiful, historic Florence. You’ll have the option to live in a homestay or in a student apartment as you experience many social and cultural activities, such as trips to local art galleries, an Italian cooking class, and visits to the local museums. Enjoy trips to Rome, Siena and Venice, immersing yourself in the Italian culture. Volunteer and internship opportunities are also available. AIFS in Florence includes a one-week orientation before the semester begins so students can acclimate themselves to Italian language and culture. Fall semester students attend orientation in the beach-side town of Pietrasanta, while spring semester students attend orientation in Rome. A for-credit International Internship Program (IIP) is also available, as well as a Fashion Management and Marketing Program (spring only). Volunteer opportunities are available and interested students can enhance their volunteer work with a for-credit Service Learning and Active Citizenship course.
Spectacular mountain ranges surround Stellenbosch, the university town in the winelands of the Western Cape. The elegant Cape Dutch, Georgian and Victorian houses that grace the oak tree-lined streets reflect the history of one of South Africa’s oldest towns. Take a stroll and you’ll find interesting museums, open-air coffee shops, bistros and a thriving art scene; go further afield and you can hike through vineyards, orchards and mountain ranges. Study here and become part of a vibrant academic community with a tranquil and laid-back atmosphere. AIFS in Stellenbosch offers a traditional academic program as well as a Learning for Sustainable Community Engagement Program (LSCE). Students can choose courses from Stellenbosch University’s full course catalog which cover a broad range of subjects. LSCE students take specific courses in Sustainable Community Engagement, plus one or two electives, in addition to volunteer work in the community. AIFS also offers students with an interest in art, photography, ceramics or marketing the opportunity to intern at the Ardmore Ceramic Studio in Kwazulu Natal.