Parents Can Give Their Children the Gift of Study Abroad this Holiday Season

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STAMFORD, CONN., Dec. 20, 2013 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Parents looking for last-minute gift ideas for their high-school aged child can now purchase the gift of a summer study abroad program from the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS), now in its' 50th year of providing quality educational and travel programs for students.

When parents register for one of the five high school study abroad programs offered through AIFS Summer Advantage this holiday season, they will receive a $95 application fee waiver and a customized electronic certificate that can be printed and presented to their child.

AIFS Summer Advantage offers high school students, ages 16 to 18, the opportunity to get a head start on their college education and study in some of the world's most desirable locations. Students live and study abroad in one of five exciting international cities, earning college credits while enjoying the cultural exchange experience.

The 3-week study abroad program for high school students is hosted in San Jose, Costa Rica at Veritas University; London, England at Richmond, The American International University in London; Paris, France at the University of Paris IV, Sorbonne; Rome, Italy at Richmond, The American International University in London's Rome campus; and Granada, Spain at the University of Granada. Students are awarded official transcripts by each university at the completion of their program.

To give the gift of study abroad this holiday season, visit or call (800) 913-7151.

"For high school students, studying abroad is a tremendous opportunity," states Maura Cassells, AIFS Summer Advantage Director. "Young adults are able to become independent thinkers, global citizens and stronger college candidates, all while having one of the most memorable and enjoyable experiences of their lives."

Summer Advantage provides participants with the opportunity to experience an international educational program in a prestigious university setting and get a head start on one or more of the subjects they wish to study during college. Students receive a taste of university life before enrolling in college and help strengthen their prospects for acceptance at a leading university through foreign language study or liberal arts courses abroad.

Interested students and educators can request brochures, scholarship information and materials, by visiting the web at, by calling (800) 913-7151 or by e-mail at AIFS also offers study abroad programs for college students.

AIFS Summer Advantage is a program of the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS). For the past 50 years, AIFS has been the leading provider of cultural exchange and educational opportunities for more than 1.5 millions students.

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Source:American Institute for Foreign Study