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Open up your world to new possibilities

AFS intercultural adventures transform your life forever! We call it the #AFSeffect
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Become global

Live with a new family in another country. Enjoy different traditions. Take time to appreciate, value and deepen your insights about other perspectives, cultures, religions and important world issues.

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Become change

Open your mind to a new way to view the world and help others see the world the way you experience it. Build bridges across cultures by creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

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Become fluent

Go to a new school, learn a new language and find ways to connect with people from other cultures and backgrounds–skills that you’ll take back home and use for a lifetime.

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Become yourself

Discover new things about yourself and your place in the world. Learn how to turn challenging situations into valuable opportunities to grow and become more mature.

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?

You’ve explored AFS programs online or met us in person. Now you are ready to apply! Here's what to expect on your intercultural journey with AFS:
STEP1

Find a program and start applying

Our application is thorough because us knowing some key things about you will help us make your AFS experience amazing. 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!

STEP3

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. 

Apply now

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!

Here are our next online sessions:

Scholarships

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

Learn more about scholarships available
AFS-students

how to get your parents to say yes!

Information for parents

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

Learn while exploring a whole new world

AFS helps you turn every experience into a true learning moment. Our volunteers and staff will guide you through the AFS Student Learning Journey—with a curriculum developed by knowledgeable AFS educators and other intercultural experts from around the world. Orientation sessions and monthly meetings with trained support volunteers will help you make the most out of your exchange—and prepare you for a lifetime of cultural encounters. 

How AFS prepares you for your experience

Go AFSNext—programs designed for young adults, professionals and teachers

The next generation of AFS international study, volunteer and internship programs offers adults exceptional opportunities to achieve your global ambitions. AFSNext experiences provide adults of all ages with a clear advantage in many ways and every profession—at home and around the world.

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Africa

Asia

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4 programs

Japan

Tradition, technology & transformation

India, AFS USA
1 program

India

Over a billion people, countless wonders

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3 programs

China

Where thousands of years of tradition merge with the future

Europe

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Ireland

Come and discover the home of the four-leaf clover

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Turkey

A culture that bridges continents

Andermatt, Esteban Araya
1 program

Switzerland

Winding roads to the most amazing slopes...and chocolate

AFS USA
1 program

Sweden

Connect with nature—all the way to the Artic Circle

AFS USA
2 programs

Spain

Festivals, food & family

Bled, Slovenia, Artem Sapegin
1 program

Slovenia

Land of mountains at a cultural crossroad

Nezbudská Lúčka, Slovakia, Branislav Knappek

Slovakia

A beautiful setting at the geographic center of Europe

AFS Serbia
1 program

Serbia

Nema problema—no problem!

AFS Russia
2 programs

Russia

Experience centuries of a unique rich heritage

Coimbra, Portugal
2 programs

Portugal

Seaside cities at the gates of Europe

Warsaw by Dennis Jarvis
2 programs

Poland

History among cobblestone streets

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1 program

Norway

Step into the outdoors with people who love all things outside

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1 program

Netherlands

A land built on craftsmanship, simplicity and cycling

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2 programs

Latvia

Uniquely festive and welcoming

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3 programs

Italy

Creativity and innovation keeping history and tradition alive

5 programs

Germany

Small villages out of fables and the future of urban living

Eiffel Tower, France
3 programs

France

Experience joie de vivre

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2 programs

Finland

A wonderland for those who love the outdoors

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1 program

Denmark

Where the simple things is life are the most important

Study abroad in Austria
2 programs

Austria

Europe's meeting place. Where ski tradition runs deep.

Latin America

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2 programs

Peru

Magical peaks and historic cities

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3 programs

Paraguay

At the heart of South America

Bocas del Toro
2 programs

Panama

Gateway to the world

Santa María Colotepec, Mexico, Cristina Cerda
2 programs

Mexico

A giant of culture and liveliness

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2 programs

Honduras

Natural rainforest, ancient ruins, treasures below the sea, it's all here!

Pinas, Ecuador
1 program

Ecuador

A country rich in diversity of people, birds, plants and natural resources

Colombia
2 programs

Colombia

Where you can drink the world's best coffee and dance vallenato

Mirador,Santiago oriente al atardecer
3 programs

Chile

A country of surprising contrasts and extreme beauty

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
2 programs

Brazil

Discover a culture rich in diversity, cities bursting with creativity and the forests that are the lungs to the world

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1 program

Bolivia

Geographically blessed by majestic mountains

North America

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3 programs

Canada

Home to over two million lakes and even more amazing people!

Oceania

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New Zealand

The most beautiful nation to have risen from the sea