AIFS Update: Coronavirus

Health and Safety Update: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

For over 55 years, AIFS has run programs globally, making program decisions with the health and safety of our participants as the top priority – and we will continue to do so as we face the challenges of the unfolding coronavirus situation.

We will provide students, parents, faculty and all members of our vast study abroad network with frequent and relevant updates which will be published on this page.

AIFS is vigilant in monitoring updates from the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the U.S. State Department. We also consult with a third-party travel security specialist that advises us on the risks associated with travel to different areas in the world and monitor advice from local authorities. AIFS Study Abroad employees are sheltering in place and working remotely. While we are able to carry on, it does impact our ability to complete day to day operations.

View our updated 2021 Reopening Plan and FAQs


AIFS Study Abroad Program Updates (as of October 7, 2020)

Fall Semester 2020 Programs

AIFS is pleased to offer virtual programs this Fall. 

Fall Online Programs

Fall On-Site Programs: At this time, all on-site programs for Fall 2020 have been cancelled. View Amended Fall 2020 Refund Policy here.

January Term 2021 Programs

At this time, all on-site programs for January Term 2021 have been cancelled. View January Term 2021 Refund Policy here.

Spring Semester 2021 Programs

Many AIFS programs scheduled for Spring 2021 are continuing to run as normal and are open for applications. During this time of uncertainty, we want to assure students that if your Spring Semester 2021 program is canceled by AIFS prior to departure – or if you decide studying abroad is no longer an option before the start of the program – you can choose one of two options:

  • 1. Transfer fees and deposit to a future AIFS program or a Global Experiences internship program
  • 2. Receive a full refund of all fees paid so far

Spring 2021 Refund Policy

We will continue to follow all advice from the U.S. State Department, CDC and WHO and provide program updates as needed.

Please rely on trusted sources for information. Both WHO and CDC have excellent up-to-date information regarding 2019-nCoV.


Health and Safety Update: Global Experiences

View health and safety updates from Global Experiences, provider of international internships and part of the AIFS Family.


Contact Information

If you have any questions, please call 800.727.2437 to speak with an AIFS representative.