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.
Earn college credit in South America's largest city, founded in 1554 by Jesuit priests. São Paulo has a unique ethnic diversity, not found anywhere else in the world. The multicultural metropolis is the economic and cultural heart of Brazil with the highest national consumer market and a vibrant fashion and music scene. Depending on the term, students can earn up to 9 or 18 semester credits while living in a homestay or student apartment/house. A meal allowance is provided. Cultural and social activities range from guided tours of the city center, to trips to art museums, and day trips to Juquehy Beach, Santos and Embu Das Artes. Check your desired term for specific program details, as summer programs differ slightly from year and semester programs. Volunteer and internship opportunities are available to academic year and semester students.
Study in the lively capital of Costa Rica at Veritas University where you will enjoy all the attractions and amenities of a big city while being within reach of two coasts, volcanoes and national parks of the central highlands. Experience “Tico” culture first hand and practice your language skills by living in a local homestay and sharing meals with your host family. Get to know more of Costa Rica with cultural activities including tours and museum visits. Explore vibrant markets, buzzing nightlife, street art and charming neighborhoods as you immerse yourself in beautiful San José. Various cultural and social activities are included, such as walking tours, on-campus clubs, cooking classes, and visits to local museums and markets. Excursions and day trips are also included, and additional excursions may be optional. Please visit the AIFS Study Abroad website for term-specific details!