AIFS Partnership Programs—Customized faculty-led study abroad
AIFS pioneered Partnership Programs, which are formal arrangements between educational institutions and AIFS in which AIFS provides logistical support, student services, classroom and housing facilities at a location abroad. This enables institutions to conduct their own academic program abroad at minimum expense for four weeks and upward (including semester). In order to keep costs affordable, programs require at least 12 to 15 students per faculty participating.
AIFS assigns a non-academic Program Coordinator to the overseas campus who is responsible for day-to-day running of the program and coordinating logistical support for the American students and professors. The Program Coordinator is the AIFS representative who assures the program operates smoothly.
As a partner, the home institution maintains academic control over their students while abroad. Faculty from the home institution teaches 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.
In addition to logistical support, AIFS can offer a full range of social and cultural activities for students. Coordinators on the overseas campus arrange weekend excursions, theater visits, contact with local students and other cultural activities. Adding another valuable dimension to the student's foreign experience, this service is not typically available through other programs.