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American Institute for Foreign Study Overview

Website www.aifs.com
Headquarters Stamford, CT
Size 201 to 500 Employees
Founded 1964
Type Company - Private
Industry Education
With offices in 15 countries, the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) organizes cultural exchange programs around the globe for more than 50,000 students each year. Founded in 1964, the for-profit organization works with 500 colleges and universities in the US. Its Au ... More

Mission: we bring the world together

American Institute for Foreign Study – Why Work For Us?


About AIFS

Founded in 1964, the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) is one of the oldest, largest and most respected cultural exchange organizations in the world. With global offices in 6 countries, we organize cultural exchange programs for more than 50,000 participants each year. Our programs include , , , ,  and. Since 1964, more than 1.5 million students and teachers have participated in AIFS programs worldwide.

For over 45 years, we have been committed to cross-cultural exchange. Under the direction of founder Sir Cyril Taylor, AIFS continues to operate its family of services, today, as a social enterprise. As a for-profit organization, AIFS maintains a double bottom line: financial results and social outcomes. This structure ensures that we have the resources to find new and innovative ways to pursue our core mission.

As a provider of top quality programs, we pride ourselves on the high overall satisfaction ratings we receive from our customers and participants.

In 2011, AIFS was named one of the top places to work in Connecticut.


Our Vision: 
We bring the world together ®

Our Mission: 
To provide the highest quality educational and cultural exchange programs to enrich the lives of young people throughout the world.

Values we are committed to:

  • Excellence in programs, operations, people
  • Respect and understanding of different cultures
  • Exceptional caring support for our program participants to ensure their safety and well being
  • Honest, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment of program participants, partners and employees
  • Technological innovation
  • Teamwork and collaboration both within the organization and with partners
  • Encouragement of employee initiative and professional development
  • Responsible financial stewardship


Why work at AIFS?

"I wanted to thank you for everything you did to make my time as a full-time employee at AIFS as amazing as it was. I learned a great deal from watching you lead the organization. Primarily, I learned that if you take care of people and make them feel special and valued, they will perform well and stay loyal. With this, I think anything is possible."

– Emily Davis, former AIFS employee

Careers With AIFS

AIFS offers full-time postions at our corporate headquarters,seasonal/temp positions, community opportunities, as well as positions in other AIFS offices.

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    Work Life Balance Casual working environment Great mission Friendly dedicated people Multiple programs makes lateral movement possible


    Difficult to use public transportation Management fairly entrenched Benefits great but pay just ok

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    I applied online. The process took a week. I interviewed at American Institute for Foreign Study (Stamford, CT) in February 2015.


    It went very quick! Hiring manager and human resources were extremely communicative throughout the process, and answered questions I had about benefits, compensation, etc. right away once I'd received an offer. The interview itself was pleasant too. It was set up as more of a conversation with the hiring managers and the current regional directors than a formal interview, which always helps with the nerves!

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  • Healthy Workplace Award - Silver, The Business Council of Fairfield County, 2015
  • Top Places to Work, Workplace Dynamics, 2011

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