Academic Achievement Training

Get a head start living and studying at Binghamton

The Academic Achievement Training (AAT) provides international students with critical skills for starting their American college life.

*2024 Training- This program will not be offered in 2024. If interested in alternative support, please contact the ELI at*

This two week training provides language, culture and study skills necessary for success at Binghamton. Participants also register early for classes.

The training includes:

  • Extensive workshops covering academic, social, cultural and communicative topics
  • Interesting cultural excursions to local marketplaces and museums with fun tasks to further develop understanding of American culture
  • Opportunities to converse with local students and conversation partners
    Campus recreational activities
  • Hands-on introduction to campus resources
  • Course registration guidance

The total cost covers the cost of workshops, trainings, housing, weekday meals, activities and excursions. Note: You will need your Binghamton University application nine-digit reference number in order to register. Your reference number may be found in your status checker. 

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How does the AAT work?

This training is open only to incoming undergraduate students who have been accepted to Binghamton University for the fall. 

Benefits of AAT

  • Adapt smoothly: Small group workshops, specialized instructors, student assistants and personal attention help ease students into a new environment.
  • Build academic skills: Learn to use the online classroom management system, develop time management skills, practice classroom engagement strategies and gain experience accessing library resources.
  • Become familiar with campus: Learn to navigate Binghamton's campus, find unique and comfortable study spaces, experience residential community living before classes start.
  • Learn about American culture: Mix with native English-speaking students during rewarding summer activities.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who may join this program?

Required: Some international Binghamton University freshmen accepted for fall must complete the Academic Achievement Training. These students will be notified of this requirement in their acceptance letters.

Optional: Newly admitted, incoming international Binghamton University freshmen who have received an offer of admission for fall may opt into the program if seats are available. Contact 

Dual diploma students coming to Binghamton for the first time may also opt into the training. Contact your dual diploma advisor for more information.

Is transportation to the University available?

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at Binghamton University provides information on the many methods of travel to Binghamton. 

How does the I-20/DS-2019 work?

The Office of International Student and Scholar Services (ISSS) at Binghamton University will issue form I-20 or form DS-2019 after a student has been admitted into a degree-seeking program and has submitted sufficient proof of financial support. Once a student has successfully applied for and received their F-1/J-1 visa, they can use their immigration documents to enter the U.S. up to 30 days prior to the start date on their I-20/DS-2019. Students will not be issued a separate I-20/DS-2019 citing the AAT program specifically, as this program will take place during the 30 day period prior to the start date of their degree program.

How does housing work during AAT?

Students will be assigned temporary housing by the program coordinator for this training. Students need to sign up for fall housing separately through Residential Life, and they will be able to move into regular fall housing at the end of the training.

Are all meals included in the cost?

The registration cost of the program includes meals on campus Monday through Friday. Students need to have spending money to buy weekend meals.

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