Wednesday, February 28, 2024

AIFS {Couples} Who Met Abroad

Right here’s the factor: We’re suckers for research overseas love tales! A lot so that every yr throughout Valentine’s Day we mirror on the numerous unimaginable connections which were made due to international training alternatives — particularly on our applications! Numerous AIFS Overseas alumni have met their “individual” whereas dwelling and studying overseas, and we hope there might be so many extra to come back!

Able to really feel all of your feels? Take a look at these lovable love tales from a few of our research overseas and worldwide internship members over time.

Samantha and Nick | AIFS Overseas in Dublin, Eire (Internship Program) | Summer time 2022

There are such a lot of issues you possibly can achieve from doing an internship program overseas! A lifelong accomplice will not be one you count on out of the expertise, however for Samantha (Sammy) and Nick, it was an added bonus! Hear from Sammy about their romance throughout their time collectively in Dublin, Eire.

“Nick and I first crossed paths in the summertime of 2022, just some days into our time with AIFS. There was an orientation at a lodge down the road from our shared residence for everybody in that summer season’s Dublin cohort. Following the orientation, this system organized an early dinner at a close-by pub. I attended with three mates from grad college, and since Nick and certainly one of my mates have been positioned on the similar internship, all of us ended up sitting collectively on the pub. Upon discovering that we each hailed from Southern California, the remaining grew to become historical past.

Over the following a number of months, Nick, my mates, and I explored Dublin and traveled round Europe throughout breaks from our internships organized by this system. We additionally participated within the weekend journeys organized by this system. The summer season was unforgettable, and as we bid farewell to our internships and Dublin, we felt a deep sense of disappointment. This system not solely introduced us collectively but in addition supplied the possibility to attach with folks from around the globe, endure the distinctive expertise of dwelling and dealing overseas, and create cherished lifelong recollections.

What higher setting for a whirlwind romance than St. Patrick’s Cathedral and park, the River Liffey, and Blarney Fort? Nick and I are getting married this October, and we’re extremely grateful for having met by means of this wonderful program!”

Brianna and Tyler | AIFS Overseas in Sydney, Australia | 2011

In 2011, Brianna and Tyler studied overseas with AIFS Overseas in Sydney, Australia — and the remaining was historical past! Not solely did they’ve a worldwide training expertise and the journey of a lifetime, however they discovered love within the course of. In 2015, they bought engaged! Their largest takeaways from their research overseas expertise:

Breezy: “The very first piece of recommendation our research overseas advisor gave us upon arrival was, “It’s not bizarre, it’s simply completely different!” I really feel that I’ve embodied this mentality for the reason that starting of this system, and it’s one thing that can at all times keep on with me. Attempt one thing you’re not accustomed to as intriguing, as new, as thrilling, and a chance, somewhat than ‘bizarre.’ It’s going to change the best way you see the world.”

Tyler: “Having the ability to totally expertise a very completely different tradition, by really dwelling in it for an prolonged period of time, has had a serious affect on the best way I now reside my life. Learning overseas has modified my life in so many constructive methods, and it actually was the best resolution I’ve ever made. It has modified who I’m for the higher, and I might advocate learning overseas and AIFS to everybody!”

Craig and Jennifer | AIFS Overseas in Rome, Italy | Spring 2009

That’s amore! Craig and Jennifer met in Rome on an AIFS program and, as research overseas love tales go, theirs is each inspirational and heartwarming. There are individuals who suppose these sorts of issues solely exist in fairytales, however this actually occurred! They even determined to have Sant’Eustachio chocolate coated espresso beans as their marriage ceremony reward bins to function a reminder of the town the place they first met. Jennifer describes how their relationship unfolded beneath.

“I’m from New Jersey, and he’s from Ohio – but our relationship began in Italy. So a lot of our favourite recollections from our relationship have been in Rome, like how we spent hours of pictures class attending to know one another, whereas taking photographs of the historic metropolis round us.

One of many moments I knew our relationship was particular was when Craig met me on the tram in Trastevere for our first date. It was going to rain, so he introduced an umbrella. I knew he was form and real, however he was really chivalrous. I now know Craig by no means carries an umbrella, and that he introduced that one for me. Or the time he visited Florence together with his mother and father and introduced my favourite panini again to Rome for me. And the Sunday morning we spent wandering the Trastevere flea market.

Our time collectively in Rome was the one time Craig and I lived in the identical metropolis from 2009-2014. After getting back from Rome, we spent these 5 years touring lengthy distance to see one another, nevertheless it solely made our relationship stronger. We traveled from the east coast, to the midwest, and lots of travels in between.

We returned to Rome in 2014 for our 5 yr anniversary, and visited our mates at AIFS. We spent a complete 5 days wandering our favourite metropolis and consuming as a lot pizza and pasta as humanly doable…

A yr later, Craig proposed to me on a flight to Chicago. I at all times ebook the best window seat – and that’s the place Craig requested me to marry him. Within the very seat the place I spent so many flights crying and wishing we have been in the identical metropolis. Once we arrived in Chicago, our households shocked us to spend the weekend collectively celebrating our engagement. My household arrived on the airport an hour earlier on the flight previous to ours and was ready on the gate for us. Actually wonderful. It was our greatest weekend – till our marriage ceremony.”

Kirsten and Roger | AIFS Overseas in Prague, Czech Republic | Spring 2011

Discovering love overseas? Czech! Kirsten and Roger’s romance started in Prague — and was solidified there, too! They returned to the fairytale metropolis nearly 9 years after their meet-cute and located themselves engaged. Roger shares:

“Kirsten and I, together with about ten others from AIFS, went just about in every single place and did just about all the things collectively. Prague is sort of a metropolis, a museum, and a theme park all rolled up into one and we every bought to know one another by exploring it. Our courses would educate us concerning the language, the tradition, and the historical past. After courses, we’d go to the museums, the beer gardens, the cafes, and the parks and get the real-world model of what we’d simply realized. Every certainly one of use bonded throughout these nice instances and, in some unspecified time in the future, Kirsten and I noticed we had a uniquely particular connection.

After our research overseas, Kirsten and I stayed in contact and, as likelihood would have it, we each ended up in Washington, D.C. after graduating school. Kirsten had taken a job on Capitol Hill and I used to be beginning regulation college (certainly one of my letters of advice was from a professor at Charles College in Prague!). The remainder is historical past.

This previous August, Kirsten and I went again to Prague for the primary time since leaving in 2011. We visited all of the unimaginable locations that we frequented throughout our keep there and loved a lot of pilsner and Becherovka. Fortunately, the town hadn’t modified a lot, and neither had we. On our second full day there, we hiked as much as Letná Park, a big park on the highest of the hill overlooking the Vltava River, the Charles Bridge, Previous City, Prague, and in addition dwelling to our favourite beer gardens. Again within the place the place it began for us, I bought down on one knee and requested her to spend the remainder of her life with me—and thank God, she mentioned ‘sure!’

Wanting again, I actually bought way more than I bargained for once I picked up the AIFS Prague packet in my college’s research overseas workplace, and for that I’m really fortunate. I realized a lot concerning the tradition and on a regular basis lives of the extremely resilient and dynamic Czech folks, studied at one of many oldest universities in Europe, drank the world’s finest beer straight from the faucet, and, sure, met my quickly to be spouse. To Kirsten and I, Prague stays someplace so extremely particular. A spot the place we made a few of our closest mates, shared a few of our greatest recollections, and began our life collectively. Our expertise learning overseas collectively additionally gave us a perspective that I feel we’ll at all times maintain on to, that life is finest lived if you’re attempting new issues, exploring new locations, and having enjoyable with the folks you like.”

Ryan and Amelia | AIFS Overseas in Granada, Spain | Spring 2019

Who’s reducing onions?! After a life-changing semester overseas in Granada, Spain, Ryan bought down on one knee in entrance of the enduring Eiffel Tower and he or she mentioned “sure!” Discuss romantic!

Mason and Alexandria | AIFS Overseas in Prague, Czech Republic | Spring 2018

So far as research overseas love tales go, these two have us feeling all of our feels! Their romance started throughout their program in Prague again in 2018 and blossomed into a gorgeous marriage. They mentioned “I do!” in 2021!

In certainly one of her Instagram posts, Alexandria shared, “It’s loopy how issues align. Mason and I may’ve missed one another so simply. We may’ve chosen completely different cities to review in, completely different applications, completely different locations to remain. In a program of 70+ folks, we didn’t have to speak to one another in any respect. However how divine it’s that we met […] and shortly realized how apparent it was that we are supposed to be.”

Elizabeth and Daniel | AIFS Overseas in Berlin, Germany | Spring 2018

From a Berlin romance to a long-distance relationship to marriage, these two have had fairly the journey! After returning dwelling from their semester in Berlin, there was a whole lot of bridging the hole between Ohio and Massachusetts with FaceTime and a go to each few months. Years later, they’re dwelling their finest lives. Daniel shares a bit about their origin story:

“After my host dad [in Berlin] invited Liz over for dinner one night, I began to prepare dinner dinners for Liz each Wednesday since she had a late class. We spent Wednesday evenings consuming good meals, dancing within the kitchen, and staying up means too late watching Netflix. As soon as spring started to reach in Berlin, we’d take walks round Schlachtensee, the lake close to our neighborhood, no less than twice every week. We explored and continued to fall in love with Berlin, getting our favourite meals, currywurst and döner, after courses and going to live shows and flea markets. As soon as the semester was coming to an finish, it was a straightforward resolution to proceed our relationship again in america regardless of our distance.

We each had an unimaginable 4 months overseas. We love Berlin and the folks we met there, and we hope to return sooner somewhat than later. It’s fairly wonderful that we occurred to fulfill one another and that we’ve the once-in-a-lifetime expertise of learning overseas as one thing we share as a pair.”

Evelyn and Collin | AIFS Overseas in Salzburg, Austria | Spring 2006

AIFS in Salzburg Alumni in Montenegro | AIFS Study Abroad
Evelyn and Collin in Montenegro

So far as locations to fall in love go, Salzburg is just about the top. The setting is an entire fairytale — from cobblestone streets to pastel-colored buildings to Mozart’s life’s work serenading you round each nook. Regardless of understanding each other pre-departure, it’s no shock Evelyn and Collin fell extra deeply in love throughout their spring semester overseas.

“Collin and I’ve been again to Salzburg twice – as soon as on our honeymoon and as soon as for Oktoberfest in Munich.  Salzburg remains to be as charming as ever! We visited our previous stomping grounds and met up with our Austrian mates,” Evelyn shares.

We love research overseas love tales and need to hear yours!

Did you meet your accomplice on certainly one of our research overseas or worldwide internship applications? We need to hear all about it! Get in contact with our Alumni Workforce in the present day.

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