AIFS Study Abroad Program Details

Outline of January Term Programs

Administration
Students on campus are assisted by a Resident Director who works closely with the host university and its professors on behalf of AIFS students. The Resident Director and staff are always available to help. Each large January Term program also has a staff of campus coordinators responsible for organizing excursions and arranging a social and cultural program that introduces students to the local community.

Air transportation
AIFS uses major international airlines such as British Airways, Delta, Lufthansa Airlines, United Airlines and Virgin Atlantic Airways and offers a wide choice of U.S. departure cities. Round trip transportation and airport-to-campus or site transfers are included in program fees for students who elect to purchase the Optional AIFS Flight Package. Students flying one-way or leaving the U.S. on an unscheduled departure date must take the “own transportation” option. Changing to the own transportation option must be done at least 75 days before departure. Students opting for their own arrangements must make transfer arrangements between airports and campuses. Students failing to request flights upon application and/or meet deadlines will be required to pay a late transportation fee of $250 with any subsequent written flight request or make their own travel arrangements at their expense. Subsequent flight changes are subject to applicable fees. Availability of seats on flights is not guaranteed by the late fee and students may be required to pay a fare differential.

If you wish to make a change to your return flight after tickets are issued, please note the following: All requests are subject to airline availability, and any additional fees assessed by the airline will be passed on to you. Date changes only are permitted; routing changes (change to departure and/or arrival city) are prohibited by the airlines. There will be a $100 administrative fee for this transaction, plus fees assessed by the airline.

Housing
Students live in residence halls, apartments or with host families depending on the program location. Single rooms are sometimes available for a supplement. During the organized travel portions of each program, tourist class hotels as well as student residences are usually used.

Responsibility
AIFS is responsible for making all program arrangements including housing. AIFS is also responsible for making flight arrangements for students who select this option. 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, pandemics, 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.

I understand if I participate in discrimination or harassment toward participants and/or members of staff, I am in violation of the AIFS Code of Conduct and this action is grounds for dismissal from the program. Discrimination and harassment include, but are not limited to, derogatory comments or actions based on race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex (including gender identity, gender presentation, and pregnancy), national origin, age, disability, sexual orientation, or parental status; unwanted advances, disorderly conduct, physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, verbal or nonverbal intimidation, bullying, stalking, or coercion. Any student found to have engaged in discrimination or harassment will be subject to Institute-imposed discipline and/or legal action. Consequences imposed on any participant found to have engaged in discrimination or harassment may include, but are not limited to, written or verbal statement of apology, disciplinary probation, and/or dismissal from the program. I understand that if I am dismissed from the program there will be no refund of program fees.

The actual itinerary may be reversed or vary slightly from those in this brochure. 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.