Faculty & Advisors

AIFS: Health and Safety Statement and Reopening Plan

AIFS Study Abroad and Global Experiences are looking ahead to reopening our onsite programming as the global outbreak of COVID-19 is brought under control. We know students are keen to return to global travel and to fulfill their ambitions for an educational program abroad, but in this unprecedented time, many variables need to be considered as we undertake a safe reopening.

The first step for a safe return to programs abroad is the easy and safe access to international flights and the downgrading of the US State Department travel warning from Level 4 where it is currently. We will wait for updates on these decisions, along with all of you, as they are made by federal officials.

In preparation for reopening, AIFS is assembling a task force to review the range of new considerations required to safely welcome students to our international locations. The combined talents of our experienced international education professionals, insurance experts from our partners at CISI, members of our Academic Advisory board and other outside expertise are being engaged to help ensure we have carefully considered all factors. The plan developed by this task force will aim to provide all stakeholders with confidence in a safe reopening for our programs in a world where COVID-19 is still present.

Key areas for reopening success

  • Audit of country-specific conditions by on-location staff for housing, academic facilities/partner university, internship, and support staff training
  • On-site health and safety management including systems to manage the possibility of outbreaks of COVID-19 and vetted quarantine protocols in the event a participant tests positive while on the program
  • Legal protections and student-centric refund terms that provide confidence and transparency
  • Insurance coverage options and global risk management support systems
  • Academic continuity and contingency planning for all program types
  • Working with our customized faculty-led partner schools to coordinate plans which meet their particular requirements
  • Consultation with emerging international education standards for COVID-19 reopening protocol

The safety of our students and the confidence of our partner universities are our top priority and we look forward to announcing a robust health and safety reopening plan in mid-summer 2020.