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PROGRAM WITHDRAWAL SAFEGUARD (PWS)

An optional service from ACADEMIC PROGRAMS INTERNATIONAL (API)

Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS) can provide families and students with greater peace of mind by refunding program payments if the student has to withdraw from the API program prior to the official program start date. PWS allows for the refund of all program payments with the exception of the $150 application deposit.* To apply for PWS, the student must submit a completed API Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS) Form and payment of the PWS fee prior to the student’s final payment deadline.

Type of Program / Cost of PWS

Semester/Year $480

Summer (Includes Back-to-Back Summer programs)* $290

Intensive 3 week or intensive month (other than summer programs) $190

2 Week or Spring Break Programs $150

**Withdrawal form must be received prior to start date of first session for back-to-back summer programs

Participants can purchase PWS any time before the program’s final payment deadline, or two weeks after acceptance, whichever is later. Any students submitting their application within twenty-one days of a program’s start date will not have the option to purchase PWS.

*Note: A decision to withdraw from a program on or after the program’s start date will result in no refund. Furthermore, all late fees and additional non-program fees (such as postage, visa processing or convenience fees) incurred by the applicants, as well as all airfare purchases (whether made through API or independently), are excluded from PWS. PWS is not transferable if a participant changes program sites or sessions. If a participant changes program sites or sessions, a new PWS will need to be purchased to cover the participant’s new program, if desired. PWS is not currently available to students from direct bill universities or for customized programs.

To purchase the voluntary API Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS), download the form from your @api account, or contact API’s Financial Services

PWS FAQs

What is Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS)?

API offers Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS) for its participants as an optional service. PWS is designed to safeguard program participants’ financial investment in their study abroad experience in case of program withdrawal for any reason.

Why should I purchase Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS)?

Great study abroad memories shouldn’t be left to chance. Unexpected illness or injuries to you or family members can cause you to miss your program, or you may simply change your mind. There’s no shortage of potential program attendance problems. That’s why API offers a safeguard.

Program Withdrawal Safeguard ensures that you are refunded program payments, less the $150 application deposit, should an unexpected reason cause you to withdraw from the program before the program start date*. On occasion, participants who don’t purchase Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS) have found themselves shouldering as much as 50% of the program cost if withdrawal occurs within 60 days of the start date when the unexpected occurs.

*All late fees and additional non-program fees (such as postage, visa processing or convenience fees), as well as all airfare purchases (whether made through API or independently), are excluded from the refunded amount.

What does Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS) cover (reimburse)?

PWS reimburses program payments, less the $150 application deposit. Additionally all late fees incurred by the applicant and additional non-program fees (such as postage, visa processing or convenience fees), as well as all airfare purchased (whether made through API or independently), are excluded from the refunded amount.

Does Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS) cover my airfare?

Airfare purchased (whether made through API or independently) is excluded from the refunded amount. Though most airfares are typically nonrefundable, they usually can be used at a different time or for a different trip (read your airline’s or travel agent’s refund or exchange policy in regard to airfares).

What if I change my mind and I do not want Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS)?

PWS is non-refundable.

What if I change programs or sessions or defer my participation to a later date?

PWS is not transferable if a participant changes program sites or sessions. If a participant changes program sites or sessions, a new PWS will need to be purchased to cover the participant’s new program, if desired.

What if I withdraw from the program after the program start date?

A decision to withdraw from an API program on or after that program’s start date will result in no refund. However, included in the participant’s program is medical and trip interruption insurance. Please refer to API‘s insurance brochure, which was included the acceptance packet, for more information.

When is the best time to purchase Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS)?

The best time to purchase PWS is as soon as you are accepted into the program. Participants can purchase PWS any time before the program’s final payment deadline, or two weeks after acceptance, whichever is later. Any students submitting their application within twenty-one days of a program’s start date will not have the option to purchase the PWS.

Is Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS) available to me if my university is billed directly for part or all of my program cost?

PWS is not currently available to students from Direct Bill universities.

Where do I go if I have questions about Program Withdrawal Safeguard (PWS)?

If you have additional questions, please feel free to contact API at 800-844-4124 or financialservices@apistudyabroad.com