Faculty & Advisors

Standards & Assessment

Program Standards of Good Practice for Education Abroad.

AIFS has established an assessment process that aligns with the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice. Beginning with the AIFS Mission and Vision Statements, our assessment process is ongoing and transparent. Its aim is continuous review and quality improvement; student learning outcomes are at the center.

Assessment of Students’ Academic work:

AIFS conducts data collection to measure and monitor academic quality and achievement:

  • Review of Student Academic Performance
  • Language Proficiency Exams
  • Course Evaluations

Programmatic Review & Evaluation

Evaluation has an important role in the ongoing assessment process. Students are requested to provide feedback on all aspects of our programs. The summary information is shared both with AIFS staff and with the Board of Academic Advisors. Specific recommendations are made.

Outcomes Assessment

AIFS is committed to fostering student development and assessing student outcomes. With a large-scale alumni project that began in 2012, AIFS now has a data set with just over 2700 survey respondents, including 414 that compose a longitudinal group. This group has twice offered information on how study abroad has impacted various areas of their lives at a 5-year interval, with the reported impact remaining at high levels and with strong consistency across personal, intercultural and professional factors. A sampling of results from the survey includes:

  • 90% of respondents agreed that studying abroad contributed to their “willingness to counter stereotypes about other cultures.”
  • 85% said that participating in an AIFS programs “broadened the range of sectors that I am interested in working in.”
  • 58% of respondents agreed that studying abroad contributed to “developing skills and intercultural competencies which contributed to obtaining my first job after graduation,” and 86% report that it contributed to “my ability to adapt in diverse workplace environments.”

Our Vision:

We bring the world together®

Our Mission:

To provide the highest quality educational and cultural exchange programs to enrich the lives of young people throughout the world.

Values we are committed to:

  • Excellence in programs, operations, people
  • Respect and understanding of different cultures
  • Exceptional caring support for our program participants to ensure their safety and well being
  • Honest, equitable and non-discriminatory treatment of program participants, partners and employees
  • Technological innovation
  • Teamwork and collaboration both within the organization and with partners
  • Encouragement of employee initiative and professional development
  • Responsible financial stewardship