With a network spanning 45+ countries and 70+ years of connecting lives across cultures, we have the scope and experience to offer authentic, immersive ways for young travelers to study abroad and live around the world. Our 150+ programs are led by locals in the communities you’ll join. AFS staff, volunteers, and host families will welcome you to a second home.

To us, studying and living abroad is about becoming a global citizen. Over 100 years ago, the founders of AFS discovered the importance of intercultural exchange. Today, you can be part of their legacy and join the 500,000 alumni who proudly call themselves AFSers.

Find new horizons

See the world from another place. Expand and diversify your perspectives, communication skills, self-awareness, adaptability, creativity, social networks, college and career options, and more.

Life-changing and life-long

You’re sure to see some stunning sights. But, AFSers usually most appreciate the amazing people, the host families and other exchange students, that became permanent parts of their lives.

Dive into cultures and languages

We’re all about immersion. Whether you’re learning a second language or connecting with your newfound community, AFS will help you engage deeply with local life.