Summer Program Details

Outline of Summer Programs

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 summer 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 for students who elect to purchase the Optional AIFS Flight Package. Students may select an optional return date and city for extended travel or make their own flight arrangements (see “Flight arrangements”).

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 may 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 may be 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.

Host universities
Programs are under the academic jurisdiction of the host university. AIFS is not responsible for teaching, grading or transcripts issued by the university concerned.

Students are generally in double or triple rooms in university residence halls, homestays or apartments depending on site facilities. 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. 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 fee reduction.

International student body
Most of the courses are given at universities which attract summer school students from all over the world. This makes campus social life exciting and varied, and gives language students an incentive to speak the local language outside of class.