With a landscape of great tropical beauty, Cuba as a nation has amazing spirit and pride. A unique mix of Afro-Caribbean and Spanish colonial culture can be experienced in the people, art and architecture. Life in Cuba is also a unique challenge for American students. More than 50 years of the U.S. embargo can be seen, but the Cuban people continue to have great hope for the future at this very important juncture in their history. Learn about the history, landscape and society of Cuba as you immerse yourself in Spanish language and culture studying at the nation's oldest university. Live in a tourist class hotel in Havana with breakfast and one additional meal per day included. No previous Spanish language study is required at the Beginner level. Elementary, Intermediate, Advanced and Superior language levels are also available. Get to know contemporary Cuba and explore the heritage of this island nation and remarkable history through numerous social and cultural activities.
Earn credits through a wide variety of courses when you study in beautiful, historic Florence at Richmond University. 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, in which students take a 2-week Intensive Language Preparation course worth 2 credits. In the spring semester, a Fashion Management and Marketing Program is also offered. Volunteer opportunities are available and interested students can enhance their volunteer work with a for-credit Service Learning and Active Citizenship course. Please refer to our website for term-specific program details!
Prague is a picturesque yet modern city. Its collection of Gothic, Baroque and Renaissance architecture makes it one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Explore the castles and cathedrals, discover landmarks of music and literature, and learn about the fascinating history of Prague and central Europe. AIFS offers two different programs in Prague: the Central and Eastern European Studies Program (CESP) at the University of Economics, as well as the Traditional Academic Program at Charles University.In both locations, there are an Internship Programs available to academic year and semester students, which can be found in various fields of interest such as advertising and PR, sales and social institutions. Volunteer opportunities such as working with Czech NGOs or teaching English are also available at both locations. Please refer to our website for term- and program-specific details.