AIFS Study Abroad Program Details

Student Conduct Guidelines

Students should regard themselves as informal ambassadors of the U.S. during their stay abroad. People from other countries base their opinion of the U.S. on the way American students and visitors behave. The excellent relations AIFS enjoys with its associated universities are based on the high regard the universities have for AIFS students who have studied with them previously. Future students are expected to live up to this reputation. AIFS reserves the right to communicate with studentsí home institution and/or parents on matters related to student behavior, health, safety or academic performance.

These campus regulations will be enforced:
Probation & Dismissal
Students who fail to maintain standards of conduct and academic achievement may be removed from AIFS accommodations or be dismissed without refund. A note to this effect will be placed on the studentís permanent record. Students are expected to maintain at least a C average in all their classes. Students dismissed because of academic or disciplinary standing forfeit all academic credit. A professor may fail a student because of excessive unexcused absences, as well as by examination or other evaluation.

In cases of misconduct, a student may be warned, placed on nonacademic probation, academically withdrawn or dismissed from the program as the circumstances warrant. The decision of the Director of AIFS Study Abroad is final.

Full participation in the academic program is required. Failure to attend class and complete required assignments and tasks is grounds for dismissal without refund. Students are required to enroll in and maintain a full time course load of minimum 12 semester credits.

Alcohol & Drugs
Abuse of alcohol and use of illegal drugs and prescription drugs not prescribed to the student are grounds for dismissal without refund. Students must obey the laws of the host country.

Motor Vehicles
The use of motorized vehicles, including rental cars, motorcycles and motor scooters/mopeds is strongly discouraged. Students considering independent travel that involves rented vehicles are advised to use services that include locally licensed professional drivers.

Rude, Aggressive & Offensive Behavior
AIFS will not tolerate rude, aggressive or offensive behavior, or verbal abuse towards AIFS staff, host families, other program participants or academic staff. Students who do not maintain acceptable standards of behavior may be removed from AIFS accommodations or removed from the program without a refund.

Approved absences
Students who wish to leave the campus overnight must inform the Resident Director. Depending on the age of the student, parental permission may be required for longer leaves. This rule is strictly observed.

Housing regulations
Students must conform with dormitory regulations or the customs of the homestay family. Unmarried couples may not live together in AIFS accommodations. In addition, some families and residences will not accept married couples. Married couples should plan to provide their own accommodations. They will receive a rebate. Students who decide to move out of AIFS housing after the program has started receive no refund.