What are Study Abroad Exchanges and how do they work?
USAX students are eligible to participate in Study Abroad semesters. USAX of Exchange Students has negotiated Study Abroad agreements with many partner institutions around the world which mean you can spend one or two semesters at an international partner school, and as long as your courses are pre-approved by AAF; all credits earned during your semester(s) away will apply towards your USAX Certification.
Once you are an approved Study Abroad candidate, you pay your usual tuition to AAF
while attending classes at the international institution of your choice. While travel and housing costs are your responsibility, our Study Abroad advisor will provide insight on residence information, pre-departure orientation, and returning student sessions. Please note many partner institutions have on-campus housing, as well as helpful visiting student support services and activities.
Students are expected to enroll in a full-time course load while on exchange and will also be required to sign a Waiver of Liability and Ambassadorship Agreement.
Which Student Exchange is Appropriate For Me?
You can choose an exchange that has a wide variety of course topics, or choose one that is more focused on your area of academic interest. Proficiency in the language of instruction will be a major determinant in the consideration of an appropriate exchange. All USAX Study Abroad partner schools offer many courses in English. Many partner schools also offer "learn a new language" type courses as well. If you already speak another language you may choose to take courses in that language as long as the courses are pre-approved by USAX
Academics and Life
It is common to find differences in the provision and delivery of academic programs: different semester start and end dates, student services and facilities, campus culture, cost of living, living conditions, social behavior and customs. These differences will be more easily navigated if you pre-plan and research your chosen destination well before you leave USA.
It's very important to research the courses available at your chosen Study Abroad school before you leave. You will need to have your Study Abroad courses approved by USAX before you leave. However, also be prepared for possible course changes when you arrive at your exchange school as there is no way to guarantee enrollment in your chosen courses at the partner school.
You may find courses and materials have changed between the time you choose a particular course and the time of your first actual class. You may even discover that some courses are not offered as expected. It will be to your benefit if you have an alternate plan in mind to deal with potential changes. It's also highly recommended you check with your USAX Study Abroad coordinator if you need to make significant course changes while abroad.
What's the best way to make a good exchange decision? Research, research, research!