FAQ.

Frequently asked questions

How do I register?


Just sign up online though our online portal. Contact us if you have any questions. info@artistimmersionnproram.com




What's included on an AIP journey? Most everything.


We do our best to plan for all aspects of your trip so you don't have to spend much once you arrive. Each AIP program is a bit different depending on the location. We make every effort to include all costs in your fees, so there are no large expenses once on the trip. This allows you to focus on your experience, without worrying about details, etc. We collect fees in US dollars. Flights are not included as participants arrive to locations and sites from various places around the world. All participants are enrolled in international health insurance plans which is included in the price of the trip. You will be sent your health insurance card before the start date of the trip. Gorgeous accommodations Communal meals: Most all meals are part of the experience.* Travel days to major cities and airport pickup & drop-off for arrival and return flights for most trips [Flight not included] Travel guide and tips to trip locations for art, culture, design, and cuisine International travel health insurance Cultural presentations / workshops Critiques, open studios, and exhibition in incredible spaces*unless otherwise noted on the trip details Each AIP program is a bit different depending on the location. We make every effort to include all costs in your fees, so there are no large expenses once on the trip. This allows you to focus on your experience, without worrying about details, etc. We collect fees in US dollars. Flights are not included as participants arrive to locations and sites from various places around the world. All participants are enrolled in international health insurance plans. You will be sent your health insurance care before the start date of the trip. Any personal purchases during the experience or supplies for the course are not included as well as any personal extracurricular activities outside of the program itinerary on your free time.




Does AIP accommodate dietary concerns?


Food is important to us! We believe in eating the best food possible while traveling. This is a way we can understand the culture and place on a deeper level. We offer all meals except on independent travel days, allowing you to discover new places and tastes in cities we visit. The quality of food is an important selection criteria for each hotel, chateau and villa used for an AIP program. We have catered to gluten free participants, and will make every effort to accommodate the needs of diet, health and safety. We accommodate vegan, vegetarian, and other dietary restrictions. In locations where we eat out, participants can check out the menus to see what items are best for them.




How does AIP design a trip? Our Global Community.


In each of the AIP destinations, we develop nurturing relationships with local artists, artisans, designers, and local businesses to create a respectful cultural shared experience. This emphasis is truly unique opportunity and a form of travel that is considerate to the local communities.




What will I do and learn on a trip?


Each program is unique in the array of culture, architecture, landscape, artistic community and inspiration. Each itinerary will offer you time for your creative pursuits and time to explore your inner creativity and the environment of the place. This is a time for nurturing your personal growth with conversation, critique, collaboration, and celebrate each day in a communal setting whether it be during a meal, social time, or structured course work. You are encouraged to let your mind and feet meander on the grounds of the unique accommodations and into the local communities. Explore the time and place from the local cuisine to the special events such as art exhibitions.




Who attends AIP trips?


All types of people participate in our programs. People from a range of age groups have participated in our trips. We believe in a multigenerational and multi skill leveled community, makes us stronger and builds a stronger platform to learn from. From university students to professionals, and those new to the field. People sign up from around the world. Diverse groups of people make learning dynamic, with multiple perspectives drawing insight and inspiration from many places. Spending time with interesting people, making new friends, experiencing the world, and learning together, provide a unique support system for all participants. Note: All participants must be 18 years or older, or accompanied by a guardian.




What Is The Artist Immersion Program Experience?


The Artist Immersion Program experience is positive and friendly as our community of participants and instructors exchange ideas and support learning. Our participants, teachers and program leaders are enthusiastic and passionate about the world. Every program varies and is designed to help you be inspired by and develop your creative / cultural understanding and imagination. AIP programs are designed to include open and unstructured time. We believe that open and relaxed time is how you can experience the whole world as a learning environment. We believe in the individual experience, in listening and responding to the world. This requires quiet time to think and respond. We hope participants are able to listen to themselves, and draw, write, paint, and make from a place within themselves. If you prefer a trip to be structured at every moment, and are not open to adventure and spontaneity, and if you are looking for a highly structured trip, AIP may not be the right fit for you. However, we can assist you in creating your own custom trip and can coordinate any level of structure you may be seeking.




Can I get University Credit if I am a student?


AIP courses are rigorous and absolutely worth university credit. Teachers are faculty members at notable universities around the US / Globe, or local masters/ professionals on location on each site. Most students receive credit through speaking to their home college office, or study abroad office to get independent study approval in the semester they attend an AIP program, or in the following semester. This gives the student the opportunity to share their transformative experience with the community at large- through an exhibition, presentation, conversation, website, book- fashion show, in whatever format they choose. AIP does not issue transfer credits at this time, and sees this as an opportunity for students to approach learning proactively, taking ownership of their experience and education. We will help you through this process. Each school has different rules and processes.




Do I need a Travel Visa? Most of the time, no.


In most cases, no. However getting a visa is quite easy and we will send you instructions with exactly what you need to do. Japan and India require a visa before entry for US citizens. Please visit these resources for more information. The US Department of State, Centers for Disease Control Prevention (CDC) and International SOS are excellent resources for country specific information. Passports and Visas A valid passport is essential to your international travel and study abroad. It is important that your passport be valid for at least 6 months after your return to home or you won’t be allowed to travel. If you don’t have a current passport, it’s best to apply for a passport now as processing times may vary. Please see the State Department's passport page for more information. In order to obtain country-specific visa instructions and resources, refer to your host country’s embassy web page. One way to access visa information is the US Department of State’s country information page Applying for the necessary visa for travel is the responsibility of the individual AIP traveler. Entry requirements change frequently and we advise you to pay close attention to consular update. It is your responsibility to knowing and addressing the requirements for your host study abroad destination. Applying for a visa can be a little tricky at first, as there are several steps. We prefer to work with a third party to assist with this process, Travisa or A Briggs. https://www.travisa.com/ You are responsible for obtaining your own visa, and we can share resources with you. This process depends on your country requirements, your destination and other requirements.




What kind of accommodation does AIP provide?


We select the most inspiring places for our program sites, from a palace or chateau, to a villa or luxury hotel. Each location is different and depends on the type of trip. In most cases, rooms are shared. Most of the time, private rooms are available for participants. Sharing rooms is in the spirit of community and dialogue. When single rooms are available, this can be selected and paid for at the time of your registration. In some cases, you can bring your family with you on the trip. If you are under the age of 18, we require a guardian or family member to accompany you.




Does the trip price innclude international health Insurance? Yes.


Your safety is our top priority. All AIP international trips include health insurance for participants while aborad. We provide recommendations for extra trip protection plans to cover trip interruption and your personal items.AIP faculty, students and staff traveling abroad should register their travel through the US Department of State’s Smart Traveler Enrollment Program (STEP) in case of an emergency abroad.




What is the AIP cancellation policy?


Artist Immersion Program remains committed to providing you with as much travel planning flexibility as possible, so you can book your next travel experience with confidence. In the event that AIP is forced to postpone a trip for any unforeseen circumstances beyond our control, you will have the option to attend your rescheduled trip or travel on another AIP departure. Cancellation by Artist Immersion Program LLC Artist Immersion Program reserves the right to cancel any trip at any time for any reason, including too few participants or if the safety or quality of the trip is compromised in any way which AIP deems unsafe. In such cases, a refund of payment received by AIP will constitute final and full settlement. Artist Immersion Program reserves the right to reschedule a trip due to force major, or circumstances deeming unsafe to travel, and allow participants to attend the rescheduled trip or any other trip during the year, or year after with available spots. Artist Immersion Program is not responsible for any expenses or loss including non-refundable or non-transferable items including travel tickets, airline expenses, taxes or other fees incurred by the individual. For this reason, travel insurance is highly recommended. Note, we provide international health insurance to all travelrs, and this is different than trip insurance. If an AIP course or workshop does not fill, you will be placed into another course being offered on your program. If multiple courses are not filled courses may be combined into a multi disciplined course. A Few things about Artist Immersion Program and Fine Print The terms “AIP,” “we” and “our” refer to Artist Immersion Program, a United States of America organization, which offers and operates all the trips listed herein. All trips are offered subject to AIP’s standard terms and conditions. Please review the terms and conditions carefully prior to completing your reservation. Some of these terms and conditions are set out below to draw your attention to the fact that our obligations to you are limited. Once the trip begins, we will do everything possible to ensure your enjoyment, and we rely on you to tell us if something is not working. We look forward to a successful partnership together, and we hope that you sit back, relax and enjoy the ride. Traveler Responsibility All travelers assume the responsibility to select or design the trip most appropriate to their physical abilities and interests. Travelers are responsible for being in sufficiently good health to undertake their trip; for obtaining the appropriate medical and cancellation insurance; for studying all pre-departure information; and for acting in a manner considerate of fellow travelers and the countries visited. Travelers assume full responsibility for all risks, including but not limited to any loss, injury, death or damage to them, their family or their dependents arising in connection with their participation, or the participation of their family, in the trips, and for ensuring that they have adequate insurance coverage to cover any loss. Participants agree they will indemnify and hold AIP harmless for any claims arising with the connection to third parties arriving from the misconduct of travelers, family members or associates. Travelers further agree that they will indemnify and hold AIP harmless in respect of any claims arising in connection with the trip made by: i) third parties, which arise from the misconduct of the travelers; ii) the traveler’s family members, dependents or heirs, iii) third parties, which the traveler, their estate, their family members, dependents or heirs have sued, if damages are recovered from such third parties, to the extent the third party obtains any indemnification from AIP; except where the loss, injury, death or damage is caused by the reckless or fraudulent conduct on the part of AIP, or their employees, guides, shareholders, officers or directors. AIP reserves the right to decline accepting or retaining any traveler whose health or actions in AIP’s sole judgment impede the operation of a trip or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow travelers. Travel Risk Any form of travel contains inherent risks and medical facilities and services may not be easily accessible and may not be sophisticated. There are other risks associated with the trips, such as theft or loss of or damage to property. Some of the services provided in connection with the trip, including lodging, transportation, food service, and local tours and activities, are obtained from independent suppliers over whom AIP has no control. We have no control over the design of steps and the architecture of cities in which we visit. We recommend being prepared and aware of your body and belongings in space at all times, as you are responsible for your physical person and affects. Although AIP endeavors to choose appropriate independent suppliers to provide services on the trips, AIP has no right to control their operations and therefore makes travel arrangements for the trips on the condition that AIP will not be liable for any act or omission of any independent supplier or any unrelated third party. The services provided by independent suppliers are subject to the laws of the place where the services are provided, and any conditions imposed by those suppliers. The liability of the independent suppliers may be limited by their tariffs, conditions of carriage, tickets and vouchers, and international conventions and agreements. Travelers further agree that they will indemnify and hold AIP harmless in respect of any claims arising in connection with the trip made by: i) third parties, which arise from the misconduct of the travelers; ii) the traveler’s family members, dependents or heirs, iii) third parties, which the traveler, their estate, their family members, dependents or heirs have sued, if damages are recovered from such third parties, to the extent the third party obtains any indemnification from AIP; except where the loss, injury, death or damage is caused by the reckless or fraudulent conduct on the part of AIP, or their employees, guides, shareholders, officers or directors. AIP reserves the right to decline accepting or retaining any traveler whose health or actions in AIP’s sole judgment impede the operation of a trip or the welfare or enjoyment of fellow travelers.




What is the AIP Culture Code?


The Art Immersion is committed to providing a respectful and hate-free environment. In keeping with this policy, we strictly prohibit discrimination and harassment of any kind in our physical or digital spaces. AIP culture is open minded, inclusive, validating, affirming and empowering for our participants and collaborators. We believe in creative expression and respect for others' creative thoughts and creations. We embrace various viewpoints and encourage dialogue and questioning to learn and grow together. We are open to creative growth and knowledge building, at any stage of one's journey. We are a multigenerational, multi-layered community, whose role is to support each other in the pursuit of excellence. We believe in a positive mindset. We believe in dialogue when times get tough. We believe in doing our best, with a commitment to doing better. That is what learning is. We believe in supporting disadvantaged populations through scholarships and fellowships and provide as many opportunities as possible will full or partial financial sport. We believe Mark Twain said it best: “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime.” - Mark Twain