Southwestern College has partnered with the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) to make studying abroad easier for SC students.
“It’s important because we live in a global era,” says Andy Sheppard, dean of faculty at Southwestern College. “To not have this as a component of our students education is very short sighted. The days of not knowing some other countries, cultures, and languages are over.”
AIFS offers opportunities for students to study in places such as Costa Rica, England, France, Australia, Russia, and Greece.
Kurt Keiser, chair of the business division at Southwestern, says that the college works with students who want to participate in the program.
“There are numerous course offerings available in numerous countries,” Keiser says. “We are here to work with the students so it won’t cost them extra semesters at the college. The credits they earn studying abroad will transfer to Southwestern.”
Maggie Collett, a junior from Wardsville, Mo., is taking advantage of the opportunity as she will study at the University of Salzburg in Austria for the spring 2013 semester.
“I am excited for this opportunity,” Collett says. “There will be all kinds of side trips that I will get to take, too. I will be going to the Czech Republic, London, and Munich, Germany.”
Collett also says that her classes will be taught in English and that she has met many of her future classmates through Facebook and is looking forward to meeting them in person.
Both Sheppard and Keiser praise the efforts of AIFS and how the company makes the experience as comfortable as possible for the students.
“They (AIFS) take the stress and complication out of someone doing it themselves,” Keiser says. “They offer these programs with a support network in place to make it a positive experience for the student.”
AIFS offers over $600,000 in scholarships and grants to study abroad.
To learn more about destinations or scholarships, contact Keiser at (620) 229-6361.