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Looking for more information or an answer about your student's study abroad experience? Below is who to contact and when:

Pre-Departure Questions
Contact - AIFS Admissions Officer

In Transit/After Arrival
Student has questions or emergency after arriving at program location or London stopover
Contact the AIFS Main Office: (800) 727-2437

Post-Arrival
Family member has non-emergency questions after student has departed for location
Contact the AIFS Main Office: (800) 727-2437

Emergencies
Death or illness in the family, etc.
Contact - If a crisis arises and a family needs to contact a student, they should call AIFS at 1-800-727-2437. During non-business hours, they will be connected to the AIFS Emergency Answering Service. However, please use this Emergency Answering Service only in a true emergency.

Billing Questions
Contact the AIFS Main Office: (800) 727-2437

Post-Program Questions
Contact - AIFS Admissions Officer

Credit Transfer for Semester or Academic Year Students

Foreign universities do not use the credit system employed by American institutions. Degrees are usually awarded on the basis of a final examination under government-issued charters. AIFS students must make special arrangements to transfer credits, but since AIFS courses are given at recognized universities, there usually is no difficulty in arranging transfer credit toward U.S. degrees provided the proper procedure is followed. Richmond, The American International University in London, is U.S.-accredited and functions on the American credit system. Richmondís credits are easily transferred to most colleges or universities in the U.S.

AIFS Admissions Officers are available to assist you in the process. The following procedure is recommended for credit transfer:

  • Read course descriptions for the selected program and select at least five first choice courses for each semester or quarter and at least two second choices (five for Richmond and Limerick).

  • Obtain approval from your academic or study abroad advisor for the preliminary courses selected. A signature is required on the course selection form. Final approval of credit transfer for completed courses is at the discretion of the Registrar or appropriate official at the home institution. Students must ascertain that courses taken meet their individual academic program requirements. Recommended credits in this catalog are based on 15 classroom hours per semester credit. A program normally carries 12 to 15 credits spread over five courses of three hours each.

Credit Transfer for Summer Students

Each American college or university has its own policy on the acceptance of transfer credits. AIFS does not grant credit itself, nor do foreign universities evaluate studentsí progress by the awarding of academic credit, the system used by American colleges and universities. AIFS serves in an advisory capacity to American institutions about the foreign equivalences and the amount of credit to award for academic work completed abroad. Transcripts are issued by the host institution, not AIFS.

Most AIFS summer courses are recommended for one semester credit for each week of study abroad since one weekís study on an AIFS program usually requires 15 hours of classroom study (three hours per day for five days). Thus, a 3-week program should enable a student to receive three semester credits; a 4-week program, four semester credits; a 5-week program, five semester credits; and a 6-week program, six semester credits. Some language programs include very intensive courses that enable students to earn more than these suggested limits.

To obtain credit for summer work, arrangements must be made with the home institution before departure abroad to determine whether credit will be granted for courses offered, and to learn which documents are required from the foreign university to ensure credit. Students should meet with their faculty advisor to discuss courses and placement in foreign language programs. Since students are given proficiency tests upon arrival, it is not possible to assure placement in a particular class. The advisor may suggest further meetings with the appropriate official. Florence and Rome applicants should meet with advisors to determine transfer credit before submitting their application, since courses cannot be changed once the application is received.

In cases where the American institution has a list of specific courses and documentation requirements, the student should present the list to the AIFS Resident Director immediately upon arrival at the foreign campus. This is important, as it is difficult to obtain documents, certificates, transcripts or diplomas from foreign universities once you have left campus.

Only the American institution can evaluate work overseas, and in all cases, only the American institution can decide to award transfer credit. Most American institutions grant credit for study abroad provided students contact them before departure and successfully complete the necessary examinations at the foreign university and obtain a proper transcript. Some colleges also require returning students to complete oral or written examinations upon return to the U.S.

If not currently enrolled in a 4-year degree program, or graduating from high school or from a 2-year college in June 2012, a student may have difficulty arranging credit in advance. In such cases, students should enroll in one of the Richmond programs. Richmond is an accredited American university; Richmondís credits are easily transferred to most colleges or universities in the U.S.

Transcripts

Upon completion of their Academic Year, Semester or Summer Study Abroad program, students are mailed one official transcript free of charge to their home school of record. Additional official transcripts are available upon written request and payment to:

AIFS
Nancy Moore
College Transcript Request
River Plaza
9 West Broad Street
Stamford, CT 06902

Email: nmoore@aifs.com
Phone: 800-727-2437 x5092

There is $10.00 fee per transcript request, which covers the cost of one transcript. If your request requires multiple transcripts, please add $2.00 for each additional transcript. Checks should be made out to AIFS. Please include your program, year you studied abroad, and email address or telephone number. Please be sure to include specific instructions on where the transcript(s) should be mailed.

Transcripts from London, Florence, and Rome

Transcripts are prepared by the Richmond Registrar’s Office, Richmond, The American International University in London, Queen’s Road, Richmond, Surrey TW10 6JP. One official copy of the transcript will be mailed to you free of charge after your study abroad term.

Additional official transcript copies may be obtained from the Richmond Registrar’s Office by using the Transcript Request Form, which is also located on the Richmond website, http://www.richmond.ac.uk/. This form should be printed, signed and mailed or faxed to the Registrar’s Office. There is a fee of £5 per transcript, plus an additional fee of £15 if courier service is requested. (Courrier service will take 2-3 business days; regular mail will take 2-3 weeks.) Address, fax number, and fee details are on the request form.

Please visit www.richmond.ac.uk/content/academic-programs/registrar/request-a-transcript.aspx for more information about Richmond transcript requests.

Transcripts from Sydney

If you attended the Macquarie University program in Sydney, Australia, please request a transcript directly from the University by submitting this Transcript Request Form.