Academic Achievement Training (AAT)

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.

This two-and a half-week training, held Saturday, Aug. 1 - Tuesday, Aug. 18, 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 for AAT is $2,600 and 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. If you have been offered admission to AAT and have questions, contact aatinfo@binghamton.edu

AAT students come to campus on Saturday, Aug. 1, (approximately three weeks prior to the start of the fall semester. There will be a pickup at JFK Airport. Details, cost and registration will be posted in the coming weeks. 

To accept your admission for AAT:

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

1. When does the fall Academic Achievement Training begin?

Participating students should plan to arrive at Binghamton University on Saturday, August 1 and check in at College in the Woods (CIW) residential community (in Mohawk Hall). AAT program begins on Sunday, August 2 and ends on Tuesday, August 18. International student orientation begins on August 19. Fall semester classes begin on Wednesday, August 26.

2. 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 aatinfo@binghamton.edu

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

3. How much does the training cost?

The total cost for Academic Achievement Training is $2,600 which will be paid in one installment at registration. The cost of the training includes workshops, housing, weekday meals and excursions.

4. What is the refund policy?

Students who withdraw from the program before June 15 will receive a 50 percent refund. There is no refund after June 16. No refunds will be given to students dismissed from the program. Room and board refunds provided during the program are prorated based upon extenuating circumstances and are determined by the program coordinator.

5. Is transportation to the University available?
Students who arrive at JFK International Airport in New York City are eligible to sign up for a bus service that will bring students directly to campus on Saturday, Aug. 1. In addition, the Office of International Student and Scholar Services  also provides information on the many methods of travel to Binghamton available to students.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. Are all meals included in the cost of Academic Achievement Training?
The registration cost of the program includes meals Monday through Friday. Students need to have spending money to buy weekend meals.