AFS is committed to providing opportunities for young people to participate in programs regardless of their financial situation. That’s why AFS works with a wide variety of corporate and community sponsors to help finance AFS programs through scholarships.

What are you looking to apply for?

AFS offers both full and partial scholarships to a range of destinations. Scholarships are available for AFS Intensive Programs, Semester Programs and Year Programs to students seeking a life-defining experience abroad. Competition for scholarships varies and recipients are selected on a variety of factors including cultural awareness, community involvement and consistent academic achievement.

What if I don’t receive a scholarship?

Hundreds of candidates apply yearly for a scholarship, unfortunately, not everyone can be awarded one. Though you may not be granted a scholarship, but still pursues to study abroad, contact the AFS Sending Team to discuss your options for an exchange program and its relevant program fees.

Program Discounts

AFS offers various discounts and special offers throughout the year. Check back here regularly to be kept up to date when new discounts are released.
THIS DISCOUNT IS AVAILABLE ALL YEAR ROUND FOR PAST HOST FAMILIES, PARTICIPANTS AND VOLUNTEER FAMILY MEMBERS.

Save 10% off the total program fee!

We want to say thank you to our past participants, host families and volunteers and give you the opportunity to send an immediate family member away and save 10% off the total program fee.

The stuff you need to know to be eligible:

  • This discount is available for any of our program lengths (intensive, semester or year programs)
  • Available to all destinations except Japan, the USA, UK, Ireland & Canada
  • Available to a student who is an immediate family member (sibling, child, grandchild, niece/nephew) of an AFS returnee, AFS volunteer or AFS Host Family. Note this excludes reciprocal programs.
  • Scholarship recipients are not eligible for further program discounts as they are already heavily reduced.
  • You must complete either the Intensive Program or Student Exchange Application.
  • To confirm eligibility of the scholarship, you need to email [email protected] with confirmation of relation to an AFS volunteer, host family or returnee.
What now?

Public Scholarships  

Thanks to the generosity and support of corporate and community donors, AFS offers a range of scholarships which cover all or part of the AFS program fee. Competition for scholarships varies, and recipients are selected on merit based a number of criteria including cultural awareness, community involvement and consistent academic achievement and commitment.

Public scholarships are open to all eligible Australian students.

Scholarships have been suspended until 2021

These scholarships are offered by the AFS Scholarship Fund to help meet the program fee for AFS Year, Semester and Trimester Programs.

Who is eligible?

You may be eligible for a Global Citizenship Scholarship if:

  • You are an Australian Citizen or Australian Permanent Resident
  • You are a secondary school student currently studying Year 8, 9 or 10 at an Australian school at the time of your application (you must plan to complete your AFS Year, Semester or Trimester Program prior to commencing Year 11 in Australia).
  • You plan to complete Year 11 and Year 12 on return from your AFS Year, Semester or Trimester Program.
  • You commit to meet school attendance and participation requirements in your AFS host country.
  • You demonstrate that you have a keen interest and a desire to learn; are willing to fully commit to the requirements of an AFS Year, Semester or Trimester program; and understand the challenges and opportunities offered through an AFS intercultural experience.
  • You complete an AFS Application Form and meet all requirements for an AFS Year, Semester or Trimester Program in your nominated host country.
  • You are willing to provide program updates (video, audio and/or written) and photos to AFS about your experience.
What is the value of an AFS Global  Citizenship Scholarship?
  • The amount of an AFS Global Citizenship Scholarship will depend on the duration and destination of your chosen AFS program, based on merit and financial need.
  • Standard merit-based scholarships are up to $3000 of the applicable AFS Year, Semester or Trimester Program fee for your nominated host country destination.
Next Steps?

Start exploring our Year, Semester and Trimester Programs which are available for January/February/March and August/September departures! You can start your application for a Year, Semester or Trimester Program here. For additional information, please contact our Sending Team on [email protected] or 02 9215 0077.

Corporate Scholarships

Thanks to the generosity and support of corporate donors, AFS offers a range of scholarships which cover all or part of the AFS program fee. Competition for scholarships varies, and recipients are selected according to a number of criteria including cultural awareness, community involvement and consistent academic achievement. These scholarships are offered by corporate sponsors and have very specific eligibility criteria in regards to which students can apply (usually these are only available to students with family members who are employees of those companies).