Terms and conditions
Dates, prices and program descriptions in this catalog constitute a part of the contract between AIFS and the participant. Your final itinerary provided prior to departure constitutes the actual program to be provided by AIFS Study Abroad.
For international travel, airline liability for passenger baggage is usually limited. Passengers should request complete terms governing airline liability limitations for their journey upon receipt of final itinerary and/or check-in. It is the responsibility of the passenger to file claims for lost/damaged baggage directly with the airline(s). Equipment, routing and itinerary may be modified by the direct air carrier or by AIFS. Single plane service is not guaranteed. Alternative aircraft of any carrier may be substituted at any time, and aircraft may make additional stops. Such changes will not create a right to cancellation or refund.
Program fees include
Comprehensive insurance/assistance package; specified travel as shown in the detailed itinerary; tuition fees and housing as specified in the itinerary; meals as specified in the program description; sightseeing and entertainment as specified; services of AIFS tour managers; tips; luggage allowance of one medium-sized suitcase and one carry-on bag.
Program fees do not include
Optional transportation package, $95 non-refundable application fee, passport fees or certain visa fees; transfers and travel in connection with independent travel; should you choose not to join the optional excursion(s), your independent travel obligations are not included in the program fee: (i) accommodations and meals during any independent travel period, including (ii) overnight accommodations and (iii) transfer to the airport prior to departure when a period of independent travel precedes the return flight; meals not listed in the program description; special beverages with meals; laundry; excess baggage charges (check with each airline for rules); textbooks; overnight and weekend optional excursions while at the university; overnight accommodations, meals and additional domestic transportation expenses in the U.S. due to rescheduled or delayed flights (sometimes paid by the airline); transportation from studentís home to point of international departure and back; a mandatory damage deposit of $250 that is required on all programs (refundable as long as no damage has occurred or fees incurred upon completion of all summer programs).
Upon application, participants must submit a non-refundable payment of $395 ($95 application fee and $300 deposit). AIFS fees can be paid online by credit card (American Express, Visa or Mastercard). Visit www.aifsabroad.com for details. The $395 fee is non-refundable. Upon acceptance, you will be billed for the balance of the program fee due April 1. April 1 is also the payment deadline for optional excursions and the $250 refundable damage deposit. Any participant whose check is returned for any reason will be assessed a charge of $35.
The AIFS Protection Plan protects every studentís payments with a unique policy issued through a nationally rated insurance company. This policy guarantees you will receive services advertised in the program brochure.
AIFS is responsible for making all program arrangements including optional flights and accommodations. A program begins with the departure of the international flight and ends upon completion of the return flight to the U.S.
AIFS cannot be responsible for events beyond its control such as
(without limitation) acts of God, war, incidents of politically motivated violence, strikes or government restrictions. Nor, in the absence of its own negligence, can AIFS be responsible for personal injury or property damages caused by persons not controlled by it, such as (without limitation) airlines, bus companies, railway, hotels, universities and persons engaging in acts of politically motivated violence.
The actual itinerary may be reversed or vary slightly from those in this catalog. The final itinerary sent constitutes the program to be provided by the Institute. The agreement with AIFS cannot be modified or interpreted except in writing by the AIFS Stamford office. No verbal modification or interpretation shall have any validity.