Since each AIFS Customized, Faculty-Led Program is custom tailored to fit your institution's needs, the process will differ slightly in every case. Our team will provide personalized service both before and during your study abroad program.
AIFS staff work with either faculty or administrators/the study abroad office to determine specific requirements and then we send a detailed proposal which lists program components, fees, application deadlines and refund policies so it is absolutely clear what is included in the program fee. All land prices are guaranteed in US dollars so are not affected by currency fluctuations.
As a partner, the home institution maintains academic control over their students while abroad. Faculty from the home institution teach their curriculum abroad (with optional use of local adjunct professors), and the school determines admission criteria and selects and enrolls students. The school retains tuition fees and students pay a non-academic program fee to AIFS.
AIFS provides logistical support, student services, classrooms, housing and cultural activities at a location abroad. An on-site AIFS Program Coordinator will make all the local arrangements, provide support for the students and faculty and be responsible for all the non-academic elements of the program. The accompanying US faculty will be responsible for the academic program and oversee the awarding of credit.
Payment for services provided by AIFS can be made directly to AIFS by the student participants. No financial commitment to AIFS is required of the participating college. Some institutions prefer to collect all participant payments and make one payment to AIFS.
AIFS also provides marketing and recruitment assistance.
“AIFS is a model of professionalism for faculty taking students abroad. They provide guidance months before your departure dates; they anticipate what your students and you most need when you are away from home; they choose knowledgeable, fun guides for your walks and museum visits. And if your group has an emergency, their thoughtfulness and assistance makes your job as faculty leader a thousand times easier.”
University of North Texas, "Literary London"