AIST was founded by Tanya Ferguson in 2009, with an initial focus on school holiday programs.

Due to Tanya’s previous experience with long term International Student placements and Group Study Tours, together with an immediate demand for these services, the direction of AIST took a turn towards assisting schools and agents with the development and promotion of their International programs and AIST sprouted it’s Consultancy arm.

The AIST team is headed by Tanya Ferguson, who’s own experience as an International Exchange Student in Sri Lanka and TESOL teacher trainer in Japan, spearheaded her passion and love to assist International Students to realise their dreams of experiencing school, home life and the culture of another countries completely different to their own.