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Welcome to TAKEOFF 2021!

While you may not be ready to hop on a flight quite yet, TAKEOFF 2021 is a virtual event for students, university staff, parents, and community members that will inspire future travel and help you prepare for an upcoming study abroad or internship program. This 3-day collaborative event will feature themed sessions, alumni panels, and hands-on workshops, along with some opportunities to meet with our team from around the world. In order to break up the day, tune in for destination layovers that get you up, moving and maybe learning a new recipe! Join us August 31-September 2nd as we take a trip around the world, from the comfort of home. No passports required.

Register for TAKEOFF to enter to win a $1,000 Grant to use towards an AIFS Abroad program!*

Enter to win one of three $1,000 Grants eligible for use on an AIFS Abroad program of your choice! Winners will be announced at TAKEOFF 2021! during the final Thursday afternoon session (you do not have to be present at the time of the raffle). * Terms and conditions apply.


Find out more about AIFS Study Abroad and Global Experiences Internships.

Virtual event

Hear from awesome speakers around the globe.


Informative and interactive sessions so we can answer all of your questions.

Your adventure awaits! Make your flight plan and TAKE OFF!

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Full session outline will be announced soon!

Event schedule


Session Speakers

Hear from members of the AIFS Abroad team. Additional speakers will be announced soon!


Emily Merson
Executive Director & Senior VP
AIFS Abroad


Andrew Parr
Enrollment Manager
AIFS Abroad


Carmen Chamorro
Virtual Program Manager
AIFS Abroad


Angela Manginelli
VP of Alumni & Inclusion Initiatives
AIFS Abroad


Kelly Holland
VP Institutional Partnerships
AIFS Abroad


Susanna Shigo
Regional Director, University Relations
AIFS Abroad

Paula Messina

Paula Messina
University Relations, CFL
AIFS Abroad

Nicole DAdamo

Nicole DAdamo
Associate Professor, CFL
AIFS Abroad

Augusta Viccellio

Augusta Viccellio
VP Enrollment & Marketing
AIFS Abroad

Andrea Hay

Andrea Hay
Program Director, Australia
AIFS Abroad

Shaania Saini

Shaania Saini
Placement Coordinator
AIFS Abroad

Learn more about AIFS Abroad!

AIFS Abroad is recognized as a leading provider of study abroad and internship programs. Through our highly customized international internship and study abroad programs, we provide the opportunity for participants to have the overseas adventure they want while simultaneously getting the professional and academic experience they need. Click the links below to learn more!

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

Walt Disney


In a competitive world, practical experience is an invaluable addition to classroom learning. AIFS internship programs provide global experience, practical exposure to the demands of specific jobs and develop professional and personal skills.

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Student Resources

At AIFS, we support all students in their study abroad journey, regardless of their gender, race, religion, age, physical ability, or sexual orientation.

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2021 and future planning 

The AIFS Abroad Team continues to work with our onsite staff, insurance and global risk management resources and partner universities abroad to implement and modify a flexible plan which reflects ever-changing realities of running a program in a pandemic.

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