AIFS Study Abroad Program Details

AIFS Financial Policies

Application fee A non-refundable $95 fee must accompany your application. No application will be processed without it.

Enrollment confirmation deposit A non-refundable $300 tuition deposit is applied toward tuition fees and is payable upon student application. Places cannot be held without this deposit, which is non-refundable under any circumstances once a student has been confirmed.

Payment online AIFS fees can be paid online by credit card or electronic check.

Balance of fees are due April 1st for all programs. (December 1 for Berlin Internship, March 15 for Barcelona Maymester and Florence Maymester, Internship, and 7 week program)

Damage deposit AIFS does not require a damage deposit. Students will be responsible for payment of any damages, campus related charges or other charges incurred in student or family residences while on the program and will be invoiced accordingly. Academic transcripts will be withheld until all fees are paid.

Fees include:
  • Housing and meals while on the AIFS Programs as described in individual program descriptions
  • Comprehensive insurance/assistance package
  • Tuition fees, registration fees and examination charges
  • Orientation programs as described for specific programs
  • Certain field trips, excursions and cultural activities
  • Membership in libraries and university student clubs as described for specific programs
  • Official transcript
Fees do not include:
  • Non-refundable application fee ($95)
  • Optional AIFS Flight Package (round-trip flights and airport transfers plus 2-night visit to London for selected programs) as described for specific programs
  • Textbooks and laboratory fees
  • Passport and visa fees (except for Russian visas)
  • Excess baggage charges
  • Personal spending money
  • Vacation travel or local transportation (unless noted in program description)
  • Beverages with meals

*Dormitories are usually closed during breaks and vacations.

Fees for enrollment options

Extension of stay If you decide that you would like to stay beyond the time indicated on your original application and study for another session, you must notify the AIFS Study Abroad office in the U.S. and the Resident Director in writing.

AIFS Study Abroad Refund Policy

Summer 2020 Program Update
Prior to your program’s departure date, should your program be canceled by AIFS, or you decide studying abroad is no longer an option this summer, AIFS wants to ensure you can still have the experience of a lifetime or have the option to receive a refund on your deposit. We are pleased to offer these options:

  1. Transfer your application fee and deposit to an AIFS fall 2020 or spring 2021 program. Your summer deposit will be credited to your semester program, and you will receive a $500 “transfer grant”, reducing the program cost.
  2. Transfer your application fee and deposit to a January-term 2021 program. If your home school calendar permits, a January program is an exciting way for you to have an international experience between the fall and spring semesters. You will also receive a $500 transfer grant if you enroll.
  3. Transfer your application fee and deposit to next summer. You can hold your spot on the 2021 program of your choice, guaranteeing you will be able to study abroad next year. In addition to receiving a $500 transfer grant, we guarantee the program will not increase over the 2020 price.
  4. Consider a global internship through Global Experiences. Fall 2020, Spring 2021 and Summer 2021 are available in 13 cities around the world. You can transfer your AIFS application fee and deposit to GE and receive a $500 transfer grant. For more information contact Augusta Viccellio at
  5. Receive a full refund of the application fee ($95), deposit ($300) and any additional fees you have paid prior to your program’s departure date. You will receive a full refund from AIFS if we cancel a program prior to departure.

If you would like to review our study abroad options for the coming academic year, or the January-term, please visit our website at Should you like to take advantage of one the above referenced options please contact AIFS at (800) 727-2437.

The right to refunds is limited. All withdrawal requests must be in writing either by email or mail to AIFS Study Abroad, Summer Programs, American Institute For Foreign Study, 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905 or by fax to 203.399.5597.

Refunds prior to the start of the program
Using the postmark, email or fax date of a student’s withdrawal letter as the official withdrawal date (or next business day if this is a weekend), the following applies:

If a student withdraws   he/she receives
After final payment deadline and more than 60 days before departure   All payments minus the nonrefundable deposit and application fee of $395 and $1,000 and any flight cancellation charges
After final payment deadline and 30 to 60 days before departure   All payments, minus the nonrefundable deposit and application fee of $395 and 50% of the program fee and any flight cancellation charges
After final payment deadline and less than 30 days before departure   No refund

Students who do not notify AIFS in writing of their intent to withdraw before the payment deadline are responsible for all program fees.

In addition:

  • If AIFS cancels a program, participants will be notified within 7 days and a full refund or, at the participant’s request, credit toward another program will be made within 14 days of cancellation. AIFS will not cancel a program less than 10 days before scheduled departure unless circumstances exist which make it impossible for it to continue.
  • In the unlikely event that the U.S. State Department issues a travel warning which advises U.S. citizens not to travel to the program site, AIFS will:
    • suspend the program if it has not already started. In this case students will receive a full refund of all fees paid minus the non-refundable deposit and application fee of $395 and $1,000.
    • suspend the program and fly students home if the program is already in operation. Students returning home early because of a State Department warning will receive a pro-rata rebate for tuition, board and lodging for the portion of the program not delivered, less the non-refundable deposit and application fee of $395 and costs incurred flying home early.
  • If a program undergoes major changes and participants elect in writing to withdraw from the program, a full refund of all payments except the nonrefundable deposit and application fee of $395 will be processed within 14 days of the cancellation. Major changes mean significant changes in program dates or destination cities. Minor alterations including revised itineraries will not result in refunds.
  • Students who have selected the flight option and withdraw after tickets are issued will be subject to flight charges and cancellation fees.

Refunds once a program has started

Students choosing to leave the program early for personal or other reasons are not entitled to any refund. Completion of academic credit will be determined on a case by case basis. Students dismissed for disciplinary reasons receive no refunds of any kind and forfeit all academic credit.

There are no refunds for meals, accommodation, cultural activities/excursions, tuition or transportation missed by students for any other reasons other than those listed above once the program has started.

Financial Aid:

AIFS Scholarships and grants

Most forms of federal, state and private financial aid or loans may be applied to AIFS study abroad programs with approval of your home institution. Details are available from your campus financial aid officer or study abroad advisor. If you plan to use your financial aid award to pay AIFS fees, you should apply early to meet aid application deadlines. Rules of eligibility are determined by federal, state and local authorities. The student must pay, by the final payment deadline, the program fee less approved financial aid or loans that will be disbursed after the payment deadline. The student must also pay by the payment deadline, the deposit, the optional flight package if selected, optional excursions, and any extra fees regardless of the amount of financial aid accepted. The student is responsible for ensuring that any outstanding balance is paid by the aid disbursement date. The student is responsible for full payment of fees regardless of any change to expected financial aid and or loan amounts.

Federal awards —NSEP (available for programs in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, Russia, Eastern Europe and Latin America where language is part of the study program - many AIFS programs qualify). Gilman; Pell (federal) grants; SEOG (federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grants); Federal loans—PLUS; Federal Perkins loans; Federal subsidized Stafford loans; Federal unsubsidized Stafford loans.

Other sources may include State aid (varies from state to state); Merit awards/scholarships from your institution; Merit awards/scholarships from community-based organizations; ROTC scholarships; Rehabilitation educational assistance; AIFS and Diversity Scholarships .

Guaranteed program fees The program fees for all programs quoted are guaranteed for the Summer 2020 and will not increase due to currency fluctuations; however, optional AIFS Flight Package fees are subject to adjustment resulting from government or airline surcharges (e.g. fuel) imposed subsequent to catalog publication (August 2019). Please visit for updated information on current fees including optional AIFS Flight Package. The AIFS website includes a comprehensive “full price” listing of all costs including tuition and fees and AIFS Flight Package.

Changes and cancellations AIFS reserves the right to make cancellations, changes or substitutions in emergencies, changed conditions or in the interest of each student group.