- Latin America
- North America
Open up your world to new possibilities
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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!
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.
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.
Online Information Sessions
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:
- Wednesday 11 December 2019 8pm
- Wednesday 18 December 2019 5pm
- Wednesday 8 January 2020 8pm
- Wednesday 15 January 2020 5pm
- Wednesday 22 January 2020 8pm
- Wednesday 29 January 2020 5pm
- Wednesday 5 February 2020 8pm
- Wednesday 12 February 2020 5pm
- Wednesday 19 February 2020 8pm
- Wednesday 26 February 2020 5pm
In Person Information Sessions
Intercultural Learning Training for Students
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.
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.
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.
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.