About the Foundation

American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation

The AIFS Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) tax exempt public charity, was established in 1967 with the assistance of the late Senator Robert Kennedy to help young people from many nations and diverse cultures to understand each other better. The AIFS Foundation, in partnership with corporations and foundations, provides grants and scholarships to students for participation in study abroad programs and provides grants to high schools and institutions of higher education to encourage international and educational travel.

The AIFS Foundation also sponsors the Academic Year in America program, which enables more than 700 international teenage students to spend a semester or academic year with an American family while attending a local high school. The AIFS Foundation is designated by the U.S. Department of State to issue the J-1 Exchange Visitor Visa for this program.