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It's not a year in your life, it's a life in a year.

“There’s definitely a ‘before’ and an ‘after’ my AFS experience in my life. I would have never been who I am right now without AFS. It definitely changed my life.”

— Mela Cabrera, exchange student from Paraguay to Japan

How can I become an AFSer?

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Find a program and start applying

Our thorough application process lets us understand some key things about you that help us make your experience abroad, unforgettable. If you’re stuck, just give us a call.

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You’ve been selected!

Not everyone becomes an AFS student. Your application, interviews and recommendations tell us how ready you are for an international student exchange. Now the fun begins!

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Attend your AFS Orientation Session

AFS orientation sessions (before, during and after your program) will help you navigate personal and cultural growth opportunities while you’re abroad.

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Jump on a plane and meet the world

Dedicated AFS volunteers, host families, and staff are prepared to make your AFS experience an intercultural learning adventure you’ll never forget.

Upcoming information sessions & events

It’s time to find out more about AFS, why you should go abroad on an exchange, how to become a host family to an exchange student, and how you can get involved as an AFS Volunteer! Click the date you would like to attend and join the event on Facebook or click here to register your attendance.

It’s time to find out more about AFS, why you should go abroad on an exchange, how to become a host family to an exchange student, and how you can get involved as an AFS Volunteer!

Here are our next online sessions every Wednesday:

Scholarships

Regardless of their financial situation, AFS is committed to helping young people study abroad. That’s why AFS works with individual donors, corporate and community sponsors to help finance qualified students with AFS programs through full and partial scholarships.

Learn more about scholarships available

Information For Parents

Get your parents to say, yes! AFS is a leading study abroad program for secondary school students, supported and facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. Since 1947, AFS has prepared young people with practical skills and knowledge valued by universities and employers—and needed to succeed in a global world. AFS programs help young people learn about a world beyond their own communities—and become comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures.

Read why AFS is the right choice