Policies

A full description of SAI’s policies are contained in the documents below. This includes application, payment, cancellation and withdrawal policies, code of conduct, on-site policies, and health and safety. Please note that all policies are subject to change. Upon submitting an application to SAI, you agree to SAI’s policies.

SAI Policies
(updated January 2017)

Below are SAI’s most referenced policies.

Undergrad, High School & Career Programs

Check-in day is considered the start of the term. The Confirmation Deposit is not refundable at any time, as it secures and commits your place in the program. Further program cost liability is based on the date on which a cancellation request is received in writing (email or fax). If a cancellation is made 76 or more days before check-in day, a full refund is provided (minus the non-refundable Confirmation Deposit). If a cancellation notice is received 75 days or less before check-in day, students are liable for the following penalties:

Italy / Spain / France programs:

  • 75 – 45 days before the start of term: 25% of the Program Cost
  • 44 – 8 days before the start of term: 50% of the Program Cost
  • 7 days or less before the start of term: 100% of the Program Cost

England programs:

  • 75 – 45 days before the start of term: 35% of the Program Cost
  • 44 – 8 days before the start of term: 50% of the Program Cost
  • 7 days or less before the start of term: 100% of the Program Cost

Housing-Only Cancellation

If an enrolled student chooses to cancel his or her Housing Request to seek private housing, the following penalties apply, based on the date a housing cancellation is received in writing:

  • 76 days or more before the start of term: student will receive a refund of the housing cost.
  • 75 days or less before the start of term: student is liable for 100% of the housing cost (equal to 25% of full program cost, except for London, which is equal to 35% of full program cost).

SAI does not determine course offerings abroad nor is SAI responsible for course or program cancellations. The host schools reserve the right to cancel courses/programs up to four weeks prior to the start of the term should the minimum number of required students for a course or program not be met. If a course/program is canceled, students will be offered an alternate course/program. In certain circumstances SAI may be able to offer a deferment on enrollment, allowing students to register for a future term. However neither SAI nor the host schools are responsible for any fees incurred due to program cancellation (including airfare charges). For this reason, SAI strongly recommends that students always select an alternate course/program and/or purchase travel and tuition insurance.

Master’s & Postgrad Programs

Orientation day is considered the start of the term. The confirmation deposit is not refundable at any time, as it secures and commits your place in the program. Further program cost liability is based on the date on which a formal cancellation request is received in writing (email or fax). Cancellations received 46 days or more before the start of term will not be penalized. If a cancellation notice is received 45 days or less before the start of the term, students are liable for the following charges:

  • 45 – 30 days before the start of term: 10% of the Program Cost
  • 29 – 8 days before the start of term: 50% of the Program Cost
  • 7 days or less before the start of term: 100% of the Program Cost

If either the Consulate refuses a student visa (written proof required), the host school cancels a course, or if a student has applied for a loan and been denied (written proof required) $1,000 of the Confirmation Deposit will be refunded. $500 of the confirmation deposit is not refundable.

SAI does not determine course offerings abroad nor is SAI responsible for course or program cancellations. The host schools reserve the right to cancel courses/programs should the minimum number of required students for a course or program not be met, up to:

  • Elisava: two weeks prior to the start of the term
  • All others: four weeks prior to the start of the term

In certain circumstances SAI may be able to offer a deferment on enrollment, allowing students to register for a future term. However neither SAI nor the host schools are responsible for any fees incurred due to program cancellation (including airfare charges). For this reason, SAI strongly recommends that students purchase travel and tuition insurance.

Refunds are issued within 4 weeks of cancellation, in the same form the payment was made (check, credit card, or echeck). Refund checks are issued to the student (unless requested otherwise), while credit card and echeck refunds are issued to the card used for the payment.

All students attending an SAI program are required to abide by all rules, regulations and procedures established by SAI and the host institution. As a representative of your home college or university, and of your native country, your conduct abroad plays a significant role in cross-cultural understanding. SAI encourages setting goals for yourself in order to achieve the best academic, cultural and personal study abroad experience possible.

A successful study abroad program includes:

  • Participating in cultural activities, field trips, excursions and workshops offered by SAI or the host institution
  • Attending film night, art shows, fashion shows, community service events, religious ceremonies, etc.
  • Joining a local sports team or game, musical group, theatre organization, etc.
  • Finding ways to engage with the local community and individuals; learning local language

SAI reserves the right to dismiss a student from the program on the basis of conduct that causes concern for your safety and well being, or the safety and well being of others. The President of SAI, along with the host school Dean, have the authority to make the final decision on a participant’s dismissal from the program.

This conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • Violation of local laws
  • Violation of host school or SAI housing rules and regulations
  • Actions that, in the opinion of the school and/or SAI staff, jeopardize your welfare, the welfare of others or the welfare of the program
  • Damage to, or destruction of, school, residence, or student property
  • Reckless or dangerous behavior
  • The use of threats or physical violence
  • Excessive alcohol consumption, substance abuse or use of illegal drugs

SAI has a zero-tolerance policy regarding excessive alcohol consumption (drunkenness), prescription and illegal drug abuse, both publicly and privately. If, by any means, the SAI on-site staff becomes aware that a student has engaged in excessive consumption of alcohol or use of illegal drugs, the student will be immediately subject to eviction from SAI housing, and probation or expulsion from the program. SAI strongly encourages students to avoid situations in which excessive alcohol consumption and/or drug use is present. Any information regarding behavior found to be disruptive or offensive to the SAI program may be released to the student’s home institution study abroad office.

About SAI

SAI Programs is dedicated to providing academic and cultural learning experiences abroad that enhance global awareness, professional development and social responsibility. We concentrate our programs in Europe, with a focus on in-depth learning of individual European countries and their unique global role in the geopolitical economy, humanities, and in the arts.