AIFS has established an assessment process that aligns with the Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice. Beginning with the AIFS Mission and Vision Statements, our assessment process is ongoing and transparent. Its aim is continuous review and quality improvement; student learning outcomes are at the center.
AIFS conducts data collection to measure and monitor academic quality and achievement:
Evaluation has an important role in the ongoing assessment process. Students are requested to provide feedback on all aspects of our programs. The summary information is shared both with AIFS staff and with the Board of Advisors. Specific recommendations are made.
AIFS is committed to fostering student development and assessing student outcomes. With a large-scale alumni project that began in 2012, AIFS now has a data set with just over 2700 survey respondents, including 414 that compose a longitudinal group. This group has twice offered information on how study abroad has impacted various areas of their lives at a 5-year interval, with the reported impact remaining at high levels and with strong consistency across personal, intercultural and professional factors. A sampling of results from the survey includes:
of respondents agreed that studying abroad contributed to their “willingness to counter stereotypes about other cultures.”
said that participating in an AIFS programs “broadened the range of sectors that I am interested in working in.”
of respondents agreed that studying abroad contributed to “developing skills and intercultural competencies which contributed to obtaining my first job after graduation.”
of respondents report that studying abroad contributed to “my ability to adapt in diverse workplace environments.”
Through our participant-focused approach we prepare globally-minded citizens through academic and career-oriented programs to build a more equitable, sustainable, and peaceful world.
To provide the highest quality, inclusive and innovative global education programs through a supportive structure for our diverse participants and stakeholders around the world.
In alignment with The Forum on Education Abroad’s Standards of Good Practice and Diversity Abroad’s Access, Inclusion, Diversity and Equity (AIDE) Roadmap.Download AIFS Standards PDF
AIFS has a formally-adopted mission statement for its overall operations and for its individual programs that is known and accepted by its staff and board members. AIFS reviews the degree to which it is achieving its overall mission and its mission statement on a regular basis.
We bring the world together.
To provide the highest quality educational and cultural exchange programs to enrich the lives of young people throughout the world.
AIFS has education objectives to foster student learning and development. Assessment data is gathered and analyzed on a regular basis and utilizes the information to monitor, maintain support and improve student success.
AIFS offers academic programs that support its goal for students to learn about other cultures and languages, has public and makes available information on its affiliations with host universities, and reviews program effectiveness regularly, implementing changes as necessary.
AIFS is committed to, maintains, and makes available, the information on fair and appropriate policy on student selection, and provides advising, orientation and ongoing support for students.
AIFS is committed to, maintains, and makes available a behavioral code of conduct which explains the expectations of students and the resulting consequences for any violations.
AIFS has clearly articulated policies and procedures that govern its education abroad programs and practices and regularly reviews them to assure their effectiveness and appropriateness.
AIFS provides adequate financial and staffing resources to support its programs.
AIFS assures the health, safety, and security of its students, faculty and staff at every step of the program process with established policies & procedures as well as at student orientation and faculty training.
AIFS educates its employees on ethical behavior and adheres to a code of ethics aligned with the Forum’s Code of Ethics for Education Abroad.