FAQ – FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

If you still have questions after reading this page, please feel free to contact us and our team will be glad to answer any further questions!

CAN I AFFORD TO STUDY ABROAD?

Yes! Numerous scholarships are available. Federal loans and grants can also be used to pay for study abroad programs. Please ask your study abroad advisor for more information about funding study abroad programs with loans and grants.

IF I AM RECEIVING FINANCIAL AID, CAN I STUDY ABROAD?

Yes, AIB students may use most types of federal, state, and private nancial aid or loans while studying abroad. Financial aid may be allocated to cover all “reasonable” costs for a study abroad trip. In order to receive nancial aid, a student must generally be enrolled at least part-time while at the foreign institution (which applies to all AIB students) and receive transferable credit for the program toward his or her degree. Credit received while studying abroad does not have to fulfill major requirements but must be recognized as elective credits that advance the student toward a degree (i.e. language credits).

DO I HAVE TO BE A LANGUAGE MAJOR TO STUDY ABROAD?

No, students who study abroad can have any major. All domestic educational institutions require students to satisfy general education courses. By studying abroad, students have the opportunity to continue to fulfill these requirements even at a foreign institution.

DO I HAVE TO SPEAK A FOREIGN LANGUAGE TO STUDY ABROAD WITH AIB?

In almost every AIB program it is not required to speak a foreign language. In most programs we offer a German Language and Culture class to make sure you know the basics. All courses are taught in English by either native English speakers or bilingual Germans.

IS MY GPA HIGH ENOUGH TO STUDY ABROAD?

The minimum GPA requirement is a 3.0 for most programs.

CAN I RECEIVE TRANSFERABLE CREDITS WHILE STUDYING ABROAD?

Of course! In order to receive transferable credits while abroad, it is important to follow the AIB guidelines on Transfer Credits.

WILL I GRADUATE ON TIME IF I STUDY ABROAD?

By planning ahead carefully and consulting an academic advisor, there is no reason why studying abroad will prevent a student from graduating on time. In fact, some students return from their programs ahead of their studies!

WHAT LEVEL OF COLLEGE (YEAR) MUST I COMPLETE BEFORE I CAN STUDY ABROAD?

Once you have completed one semester/quarter at your home institution and do not have any academic restrictions, it is feasible to study abroad at any time.

HOW LONG ARE YOUR STUDY ABROAD PROGRAMS?

AIB offers both short and long-term programs. For students who wish to avoid taking a semester or year off from their home institution, AIB also provides three to six week summer programs. There is also the option to enroll in semester programs. This option allows students more time to experience being abroad.

DO I NEED A PASSPORT EVEN IF I’M ONLY GOING FOR A MONTH?

Yes. Always bring a passport with you when traveling to a foreign country.

SHOULD I KEEP MY PASSPORT WITH ME EVERY PLACE I GO DURING MY TIME ABROAD?

No. Leave your passport and other important documents in a safe place at your host family’s house/at the student residence/at AIB. However, you should carry a COPY of your passport with you at all times. That way, if you misplace your wallet or purse, you will not lose your most vital information.

DO I NEED A VISA IF I’M ONLY GOING FOR A MONTH? WHAT ABOUT IF I GO FOR A SEMESTER?

For summer programs, a visa is not required because the program duration is under 90 days in length. All semester and year-long stu- dents are required to obtain a visa from the appropriate consulate or embassy before departure. We will assist you with the procedures.

WHAT SHOULD I LEAVE BEHIND FOR MY PARENTS/EMERGENCY CONTACTS?

Leave your correct contact information, a copy of your airline tickets, a copy of your passport and visa (if applicable), and your AIB Program Director’s contact information.