AIFS Study Abroad Program Overview
AIFS is recognized as a leading provider of study abroad programs. Since 1964, over 1.5 million students have traveled abroad with AIFS. With more than 50 years of experience, we have the resources and experience to provide what our students want and need in a study abroad program, and to safeguard their welfare around the globe.
LocationsAIFS offers a wide range of unique programs in Asia, Australia, Europe, South Africa and the Americas. Most AIFS campuses offer courses in English or in foreign languages from beginner to advanced levels, so you don’t even have to know a foreign language to study abroad.
Housing options will vary by program. For more information please visit the specific AIFS program page. The cost of housing will be included in the invoice that AIFS sends to Appalachian and students will be billed through their Appalachian term bill.
Program CostsStudents participating on AIFS programs will be billed through Appalachian the AIFS program cost. This will replace the Appalachian tuition & fees for the term they are abroad. In addition to the AIFS costs students will also be responsible for submitting a $200 OIED Program Development Fee upon acceptance by the Education Abroad Office. The fee payment confirms your spot and is non-refundable.
Students should also plan for additional program related costs. The table below lists some of the common categories that students should plan for. The individual AIFS program pages will provide an overview of estimated additional costs.
|Estimated Additional Costs||Semester|
|AIFS Application Fee||$95|
|AIFS Confirmation Deposit||$300|
|AIFS Housing Deposit||Varies|
|Intl Health Dev Fee||$60|
|Books and Materials||Varies|
|Visa (for US Citizens)||Varies|
|2US Based Health Insurance||Varies|
|3Personal Travel and Spending||Varies|
2Students are encouraged to maintain a US based health insurance plan while abroad (to exempt out of AppState insurance students must follow the App exemption process - proving that they have insurance coverage for the entirety of the semester.
3Personal Travel and Spending amounts will vary by student and will be affected by how often a student goes out, travels, and the items they purchase.
Please note that non-billable costs are estimates only and will be affected by personal spending habits, currency fluctuations, etc. Prices listed in USD unless otherwise noted.
Students are encouraged to start planning for their study abroad program costs well in advance. Please use the Student Financial Planning Worksheet to help estimate your anticipated expenses and your anticipated financial resources. When planning for estimated additional costs students are encouraged to research currency conversion rates.
The majority of financial aid and scholarships can apply to semester and year-long study abroad programs. For more information please visit the Office of Student Financial Aid web page.
AIFS offers a variety of scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $200 to $5000.
Each semester OIED offers a variety of different scholarship opportunities for students. Scholarship awards range from $500 to $2000.
Benjamin A Gilman Scholarship
The Gilman Scholarship Program application is open to U.S. citizen undergraduate students who are receiving Federal Pell Grant funding at a two-year or four-year college or university to participate in study and intern abroad programs worldwide.
Fund for Education Abroad
Applicants from groups underrepresented in study abroad and those destined for non-traditional locations are given preference, in an effort to make the demographics of U.S. undergraduates studying abroad reflect the rich diversity of the U.S. population.
For information about additional scholarships please visit our External Scholarships web page.
AIFS programs will offer either AIFS designed courses, host university courses, or a combination of both.
For more information about the courses and structure of the program please visit the AIFS website. Students can also use the AIFS Program Search feature.
All students are expected to maintain at least the equivalent of a full time course load according to Appalachian State and the host university while abroad (whichever is greater). Each AIFS program will have a different minimum credit requirement. For more information about study abroad enrollment policies, credit approval, and credit and grade conversions please visit the Academics section of our website.
How to ApplyApplications are accepted on a rolling basis and some programs may fill up before the listed deadline. Each year applications for Fall, Spring, and Summer will open up on August 1st. Once open the deadline will be listed below and an Apply Now button will be available at the top and bottom of this page. Most applications will have a 2 part application process so students are encouraged to complete their OIED application well before the listed deadline.
Students applying to an AIFS program should complete the AIFS application while also completing the Appalachian application.
For more information about deadlines and how to apply please visit our Guide Me web page.
|Term||Year||App Deadline||OIED Approval Date||Start Date||End Date|
|Spring Semester||2021||09/15/2020 **||Rolling Admission||TBA||TBA|
** Indicates rolling admission application process. Students will be immediately notified of acceptance into this program and be able to complete post-decision materials prior to the term's application deadline.