Applicants to AIFS College Division programs must:
- Maintain a minimum GPA of 2.0 unless otherwise specified in the section describing the program of choice. For programs with higher GPA requirements, students with slightly lower GPAs may be considered on a case by case basis.
- Be in good social standing at their home institution.
Students must complete the application and submit it, together with a non-refundable deposit of $395 (a $300 program deposit and a $95 application fee), with a copy of their transcript and 3 passport size photos, to the Study Abroad Summer Division, AIFS, 1 High Ridge Park, Stamford, CT 06905. The $300 deposit is refundable only if the applicant cannot be accepted. No refund will be considered if you fail to complete the application process or withdraw your application before or after an admissions decision is made. Although students pre-register for courses on the application, final registration takes place on campus (except for Florence and Rome, where final registration is done via the application and Russia where registration for electives must be confirmed one month before departure and cannot be changed). Students should obtain approval for transfer credit from their home college or university before applying. All applicants must be at least 18 years old by the time their AIFS summer program begins.
Confirmation of acceptance, pre-departure handbooks, program and flight itineraries will be available online at www. aifsabroad.com/login. Participants are sent a final itinerary approximately two weeks before departure. The itinerary constitutes the contract between AIFS and the student.
Students are urged to contact their home institutionís study abroad office to ensure that they comply with requirements for study abroad. In order to maintain your enrollment status, facilitate academic credit transfer and to use any applicable financial aid it is important that you follow your schoolís requirements for study abroad.
When to Enroll
Enroll as early in the academic year as possible, as openings on each campus are limited. We recommend that you apply before March to ensure your best chance of acceptance. New enrollments cannot be accepted less than 50 days prior to departure unless the participant agrees to make his/her own flight arrangements. Participants enrolling within the 50-day period will be reviewed on an individual basis depending on availability of campus and air space.
St. Petersburg students must enroll at least 60 days prior to the departure date to facilitate visa application since AIFS handles some of the visa applications for this program. Students who enroll in this program after April 1 cannot be assured that visas will be processed in time for departure.