• These 11 things will make you dream of Spain

    May 11, 2016 - Let's take a spin through some of the highlights of Spanish culture, and see why our fascination is here to stay.

  • The Great Benefits of A Gap Year

    May 4, 2016 - The White House recently announced that Malia Obama, will be attending Harvard, but has decided to take a gap year.

  • Global Taste Test #1: The Cheeses of France

    May 2, 2016 - Let’s explore several popular French cheeses and the ways that their intricate flavors are like the wide range of experiences you can have while abroad.

  • 6 ways to get your hands dirty volunteering in Costa Rica

    April 20, 2016 - Here are 6 ways to experience Costa Rica with us this summer, soaking up rays and gaining essential hands-on knowledge about sustainability.

  • AFS-USA Forms Partnership with iEARN-USA

    April 12, 2016 - A new partnership between AFS-USA and iEARN-USA will bring virtual exchange to more students and classrooms.

  • In Japan, fashion offers an opportunity for self-expression

    March 3, 2016 - The fashion scene in Japan is vibrant and unique. Let's take a look at a few of the styles currently brightening up the streets of Tokyo.

  • 8 signs you might be French at heart

    February 25, 2016 - Here are a few ways to tell if your "joie de vivre" fits in with the French way of life.

  • You're going where?! Talking to your BFF about study abroad

    February 28, 2016 - Being apart from your best friends while abroad can be tough. With these tips, you can plan ahead and keep those friendships strong.

  • What your Chinese Zodiac animal says about your travel personality

    February 9, 2016 - Each of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac have distinct personality traits. Find out how they apply to your travel personality!

  • In Brazil, street art paints a vivid picture of city life

    February 5, 2016 - A dynamic street art culture emerges in Brazilian cities, where local artists foster creativity while also addressing important social issues.

  • What India’s festivals can show us about global citizenship

    January 26, 2016 - India's festivals are joyous examples of celebrating intercultural diversity.

  • Discovering the art of grape-stomping in Portugal

    January 21, 2016 - Current AFS student Maggi shares her experience of grape-stomping at a vineyard with her host family while studying abroad in Portugal.

  • Full Scholarships to Make Your Study Abroad Dreams a Reality

    October 7, 2015 - AFS can help bring you to your destination of choice with these full, merit-based scholarships sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

  • Yes, I wore a hijab for a day, and here is what I learned

    May 14, 2015 - An AFS student in Egypt accepts a challenge to wear a headscarf for an entire day.

  • When life abroad becomes your "new normal"

    April 23, 2015 - A high school study abroad participant reveals 7 moments that made her realize "life in Turkey" had become just...life.

  • 7 reasons why you should keep a study abroad blog

    April 9, 2015 - Blogging about your study abroad experience can benefit you in countless ways - both during and after your program!

  • The #1 study abroad moment you never forget

    April 1, 2015 - High school study abroad is generally one of the most memorable experiences you can have as a teen. But is there one particular moment that stays with you for life?

  • 6 stats that will make you think differently about study abroad

    March 12, 2015 - study abroad is subject to stereotypes, even as it serves to dispel them. These 6 facts will help you see study abroad for what it really is.

  • 6 “love lessons” learned while studying abroad in Paris

    February 12, 2015 - AFS exchange students share their experiences in "the city of love" and the insights they took away, just in time for Valentine's Day.

  • An exchange student's photo tour of Berlin

    January 28, 2015 - AFS student, Anna, visually depicts one of her favorite study abroad experiences and discusses the perks of being a CBYX scholarship recipient.

  • Why yes, I DID spend winter break in the Swiss Alps

    January 15, 2015 - AFS exchange student Brooke discovers how the Swiss do winter break, and it's pretty special...

  • 6 things you can learn from the AFS Returnee in space

    January 6, 2014 - As Italy's first female astronaut, AFS Returnee Samantha Christoforetti proves that study abroad can be a launchpad for lifelong exploration.

  • 5 reasons fundraising for study abroad is more doable than you think

    December 17, 2014 - It's always good to go into your study abroad experience with a little extra cash. See why and how you can definitely make that happen.

  • Imagine change in...Kenya!

    December 3, 2014 - Kenya is a gem in East Africa, with its diverse tribal culture and incredible wildlife. But issues like gender inequality and food insecurity persist.

  • Imagine change in...Ireland!

    November 18, 2014 - Ireland has a fascinating history and breathtaking landscapes. But it does have its share of struggles, including rising poverty and environmental concerns.

  • Imagine change in...Ghana!

    October 29, 2014 - Ghana is a vibrant and rapidly developing nation. Yet despite recent growth, there's still work to be done and plenty of reasons for you to take action!

  • Imagine change in...Panama!

    October 22, 2014 - Panama is an incredible place to immerse yourself in a new culture. But numerous issues threaten to undermine Panama’s quality of life and natural resources.

  • The Lesser-Known Impacts of Volunteering Abroad

    October 16, 2014 - Everyone knows that volunteer projects bring help to those in need. But few people realize that volunteering is intercultural learning at its best.

  • Everything's beautiful in Norway

    October 8, 2014 - In Norway, soaking in the natural beauty is as much a part of exploring the culture as tasting the food or learning the language.

  • What I've discovered after 10 days in France

    September 17, 2014 - You expect a year abroad to change you forever. But you may not realize that transformation begins the moment you step off the plane.

  • So THIS is what Costa Rica is really like...

    September 11, 2014 - No matter how much you prepare for studying abroad, your first days in your new country will be filled with surprises.

  • Hello again, USA

    July 30, 2014 - An AFSer describes what it's like to come home again after 10 months abroad in Indonesia.

  • 5 (more) ways Germany will surprise you

    July 9, 2014 - Germany is home to a lot of surprising perks that will make your time there unforgettable.

  • 5 of Argentina's coolest cultural exports

    June 25, 2014 - Some things are so good they need to be shared with the world.

  • 5 ways Chile satisfies the soul

    June 18, 2014 - The perfect balance of comfort and intrigue, Chile is an ideal place to call home for a semester or a year abroad.

  • 7 reasons to love Brazil (besides soccer)

    June 12, 2014 - We love soccer as much as the next person, but there are other reasons Brazil is worthy of your attention.

  • Your long term goals and study abroad

    June 5, 2014 - Learn how studying abroad impacts your long term goals and vice versa.

  • How far we've come...

    May 29, 2014 - An inside look at the end-of-program rituals that seal friendships forever and put the study abroad experience into perspective.

  • Birthday wishes from around the world

    May 14, 2014 - An AFS student preparing to study abroad in Italy discovers the power of the AFS connection, even before the plane takes off.

  • Study abroad is like spring cleaning for your life

    May 1, 2014 - In our cluttered lives, it can be difficult to focus on what matters. Study abroad can give you space to clear your head and find your true passions.

  • Homes away from home

    April 17, 2014 - When you study abroad, you find a new home. Check out these host family houses worldwide to see how that new home might look.

  • Words are overrated

    April 2, 2014 - Overcoming the language barrier can seem daunting, but there are very good reasons not to stress about it before going abroad.

  • And everything started to click...

    March 26, 2014 - An AFS student studying abroad in Italy reaches that magic point in her exchange program when the unfamiliar suddenly feels so right.

  • Settling in among the Kiwis

    March 11, 2014 - An AFS student describes his new life in New Zealand and reveals what the first two weeks in a new country are really like.

  • Small town life, big city adventures

    February 20, 2014 - In Sweden, AFS student Bryana learns that city life and country life each have their merits in this breathtaking beautiful country.

  • Food and family in Spain

    February 5, 2014 - An AFS student in Spain dishes about the truly important aspects of her study abroad experience: family and food!

  • South Africa is awesome

    January 30, 2014 - An AFS/YES Abroad student gives us a taste of life in the land of ever-present wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, Nelson Mandela and more.

  • Mochi anyone?

    January 7, 2014 - An AFS student studying abroad in Japan learns the art of making the popular Japanese delicacy, mochi.

  • My Paraguayan Prom

    December 23, 2013 - An AFS student studying in Paraguay discovers that the high school Prom there is much more than just a dance.

  • 5 ways to be a fundraising superstar

    December 12, 2013 - AFSers are proving that, when study abroad funds are needed, personal fundraising initiatives can be a huge success.

  • Yes, you really should study abroad (and here's why)

    November 20, 2013 - Discover the top 5 reasons to study abroad during high school. Find out exactly how it will benefit you and why going during your teenage years is a must.

  • Living life to the fullest in Italy

    November 13, 2013 - An AFS student studying abroad in Italy realizes how freeing it is living in a new setting with entirely new people...and starts to take advantage.

  • School, friends & uniforms in Japan

    November 7, 2013 - Here in Japan, one of the places where I spend the most time is school. Here's an inside look at this significant part of my daily reality.

  • Why International Education Week is your time to shine

    October 23, 2013 | New York, NY - Learn about International Education Week (IEW), how you can take part, and why you should want to.

  • Video: Sharing culture through music

    October 4, 2013 | New York, NY - Check out our newest video featuring music and dance as expressions of culture, enhancers of mood, and infectious sources of fun!

  • You're back from studying abroad...now what?

    September 25, 2013 - Coming home after a life-changing study abroad experience can be a difficult adjustment. Learn how to cope with your return and figure out what's next.

  • An interview with Kim!

    September 16, 2013 - Read our exclusive interview with Kim, one of the exchange students featured most prominently in Amanda Ripley's book, "The Smartest Kids in the World."

  • "Back-to-School" in Indonesia

    September 9, 2013 - An AFS-USA exchange student reveals all about the start of her school year in Indonesia.

  • Video: A year abroad in Turkey

    August 23, 2013 - NSLI-Y participants provide an inside look into their experiences studying abroad and learning a language in Turkey.

  • AFS Returnees on the Rise

    August 14, 2010 - An interview with Natasha Araya-Schraner, one of our "Returnees on the Rise," who is making a difference after studying abroad.