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Scholarships

Edelweiss Scholarship

The Edelweiss Scholarship is made available by the Clarksville Edelweiss Club. Scholarship Type: Merit-based Scholarship Value: $4,000 Available Scholarships: Two (2) Applicable Programs: AFS Year or Semester Programs to Austria…

IEW Contest Winners 2019
Contest

IEW Contest Winners 2019

International Education Week (IEW) is an initiative led by the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education to celebrate the benefits of international education and exchange. It…

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Study Abroad Articles

Slang from Around the World

Slang reveals much about a culture and its sense of humor, attitude, and values. It’s the words and expressions we use colloquially that are indicative of regional personality and spirit, as well as our intercultural similarities and differences.

Sudip Mukherjee
Leadership

Sudip Mukherjee

Sudip Mukherjee Wealth Management Advisor and Portfolio Manager, Merrill Lynch As a Wealth Management Advisor with Merrill Lynch Wealth Management, Sudip develops long-term financial goals and implements customized wealth strategies.…

Jane Ransom
Leadership

Jane Ransom

Jane Ransom Jane has been executive director of the American Brain Foundation since 2015. A veteran nonprofit executive, she has served as chief executive of seven leading non-profit organizations, specializing…

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Blog, Alumni Articles

Young Alumni Reflections

For more than 70 years, AFSers like you have helped advance international awareness and cultural understanding while at the same time made the world a more just and peaceful place…

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Culture Points, Educators Articles

What is Culture?

Culture is not easy to define. Some aspects of culture are obvious and concrete, like art or attire, while others are less noticeable or even subconscious, like body language or the social values that dictate it.

No Visa Required
Travel Documents

No Visa Required

If you are an American citizen traveling to any of these countries on an AFS Summer or Global Prep Program, you will not need to obtain a visa to participate…

Life in Argentina
Culture Trek

Life in Argentina

The Essentials All Programs AFS Argentina Welcome Booklet AFS Argentina (Uruguay) Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Travel Guide Year/Semester High School Host School FAQ Visa…

Life in Australia
Culture Trek

Life in Australia

Essentials AFS Australia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Cultural Resources “What Australian slang has given the world”- BBC…

Life in Austria
Culture Trek

Life in Austria

All Programs AFS Austria Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Semester High School Visa FAQs Arrival Information Year High School Visa FAQs Arrival…

Life in Belgium-Flanders
Culture Trek

Life in Belgium-Flanders

The Essentials AFS Belgium-Flanders Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ School Expectations  Arrival Information Visa FAQ Language Requirements Applicants to the Year High School Programs…

Life in Belgium-French
Culture Trek

Life in Belgium-French

The Essentials AFS Belgium-French Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Language Requirements Applicants to the Year High School Program in Belgium-French…

Life in Bosnia and Herzegovina
Culture Trek

Life in Bosnia and Herzegovina

The Essentials AFS Bosnia and Herzegovina Welcome Booklet Get to Know Bosnia and Herzegovina AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language…

Life in Brazil
Culture Trek

Life in Brazil

The Essentials AFS Brazil Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Language Requirements Applicants to the Semester and Year High School Program…

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Travel Documents

Non-US Citizen FAQ

If you reside in the US but you are not a US citizen, there are additional procedures to follow in order to travel abroad on an AFS program. As a…

Life in Canada
Culture Trek

Life in Canada

The Essentials AFS Canada Welcome Booklet Program Calendar AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Arrival Information Digging Deeper Language Resources Duolingo (free language learning app) Rosetta Stone: French Babbel: French…

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Travel Documents

Apostilles

*Please remember that you MUST NOT REMOVE the apostille and/or staple from its attached document. Removal of either of these will destroy the authenticity of the apostille! Alabama Alaska Arizona Arkansas California…

Life in Chile
Culture Trek

Life in Chile

The Essentials All Programs AFS Chile Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Year/Semester High School Arrival Information Visa FAQ Summer Homestay Visa FAQ Digging Deeper…

Life in China
Culture Trek

Life in China

The Essentials All Programs AFS China Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School Host School FAQ Medical and Academic Information Arrival Information Visa FAQ…

Life in Colombia
Culture Trek

Life in Colombia

The Essentials Global Prep/Year/Semester AFS Colombia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide COVID-19 Specific Guidelines Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Spanish Duolingo (free language learning app) BBC…

Life in Costa Rica
Culture Trek

Life in Costa Rica

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School AFS Costa Rica Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Summer Community Service…

Life in Croatia
Culture Trek

Life in Croatia

The Essentials AFS Croatia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Learn Croatian Eurolinguiste- 100 Basic Croatian Phrases Memrise: Croatian Skolica…

Life in Czech Republic
Culture Trek

Life in Czech Republic

The Essentials AFS Czech Republic Welcome Booklet Safety Tips AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Czech Language Booklet Memrise:…

Life in Denmark
Culture Trek

Life in Denmark

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Changes to Hosting Realities (COVID-19) Year High School AFS Denmark Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Danish Educational System…

Craig Wilson
Leadership

Craig Wilson

Craig Wilson U.S. to United Kingdom, 1966 Craig Wilson was a journalist for more than 40 years, spending 30 years in the newsroom at USA Today. He was a feature…

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Julia E. Vollmers

Julia E. Vollmers Returnee – U.S. to France, 1997-98 Julia E. Vollmers is a Program Manager with the Federal Government in Washington, DC, with a primary focus in data and…

Patrick S. Moon
Leadership

Patrick S. Moon

Patrick S. Moon Ambassador (ret.); Returnee – U.S. to Brazil, 1967-1968 Patrick S. Moon is a retired Senior Foreign Service Officer with the State Department.  He served in Lebanon, the…

William R. MacIntosh
Leadership

William R. MacIntosh

William R. MacIntosh Returnee – U.S. to Brazil, 1964-1965 Bill MacIntosh retired in 2011 after 40+ years in uniform and business suits. Following his service as a U.S. Army Military…

William G. Meserve
Leadership

William G. Meserve

William G. Meserve U.S. to Greece 1957; Young Leaders to Soviet Union 1984 Bill Meserve is a former Director and Board Chair of AFS-USA and former Trustee and Board Chair…

H. Jed Hepworth
Leadership

H. Jed Hepworth

H. Jed Hepworth U.S. to Chile 1968 During six years as Director and especially as Chair of the AFS-USA Board of Directors during the chaotic first months of the COVID-19…

James A. Kiernan III
Leadership

James A. Kiernan III

James A. Kiernan III U.S. to Germany, 1961 James Kiernan, is chairman of the Board of Directors at the Center for Public Integrity, is a former partner with and is…

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Leadership

Andrea Sehl

Andrea Sehl U.S. to Switzerland, 1971-72 Andrea Sehl, known as Andie, is retired from management consulting, currently working to build the venture capital firm she helped found, and is serving…

Michael S. Schiff
Leadership

Michael S. Schiff

Michael S. Schiff U.S. to Netherlands, 1966 Michael S. Schiff is the owner and President of Incomar Investments in Houston, Texas.  He earned his BA in Communications from American University…

Jenny K. Messner
Leadership

Jenny K. Messner

Jenny K. Messner U.S. to Brazil, 1970-71 With her husband Michael Messner, Jenny established the Speedwell Foundation Study Abroad Scholarship Program with AFS-USA in 2007. The Speedwell Foundation also supports…

Life in Egypt
Culture Trek

Life in Egypt

The Essentials All Programs AFS Egypt Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year High School  Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Summer Language Study Arrival…

Life in Finland
Culture Trek

Life in Finland

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year/Semester High School AFS Finland Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Finnish Education System Brochure  Arrival Information Visa FAQ Changes to…

Life in France
Culture Trek

Life in France

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year/Semester High School AFS France Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information Arrival Information (January Departure) Visa FAQ Summer Language Study…

Life in Germany
Culture Trek

Life in Germany

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School AFS Germany Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Visa FAQ Green Summer School AFS Germany Welcome…

Life in Ghana
Culture Trek

Life in Ghana

The Essentials All Programs AFS Ghana Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Daily Expectations Year High School Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Summer Team…

Life in Guatemala
Culture Trek

Life in Guatemala

The Essentials Global Prep AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Spanish Duolingo (free language learning app) BBC Spanish Language Guide LiveMocha: Spanish Learn Basic…

Life in Hong Kong
Culture Trek

Life in Hong Kong

The Essentials AFS Hong Kong Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Memrise: Cantonese Learn Cantonese…