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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
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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.…

Life in Austria
Austria, Countries

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
Belgium-Flanders, Countries

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
Belgium-French, Countries

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 Brazil
Brazil, Countries

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
Canada, Countries

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…

Life in Chile
Chile, Countries

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
China, Countries

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
Colombia, Countries

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
Costa Rica, Countries

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
Countries, Croatia

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
Countries, Czech Republic

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
Countries, Denmark

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
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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
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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
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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…

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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
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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
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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
Countries, Egypt

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
Countries, Finland

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
Countries, France

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
Countries, Germany

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
Countries, Ghana

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
Countries, Guatemala

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
Countries, Hong Kong

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…

Life in Hungary
Countries, Hungary

Life in Hungary

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

Life in Iceland
Countries, Iceland

Life in Iceland

The Essentials AFS Iceland Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Arrival Information Host School FAQ Visa FAQ Icelandic Language Learning Materials- Audio The Alphabet Song The Alphabet Consonants…

Life in India
Countries, India

Life in India

The Essentials All Programs AFS India Welcome Booklet AFS India Participant Handbook Safety Tips Focus on India AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year High School Host School FAQ Educational…

Life in Indonesia
Countries, Indonesia

Life in Indonesia

The Essentials AFS Indonesia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Language Instruction AFS Indonesia offers language lessons once a…

Life in Ireland
Countries, Ireland

Life in Ireland

The Essentials All Programs Ireland Welcome Booklet for Year Programs Summer Program Welcome Information Ireland Rules & Laws AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Packing Guide Parent Letter Arrival Information…

Life in Italy
Countries, Italy

Life in Italy

The Essentials All Programs AFS Italy Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School Host School FAQ Italian School System 101 Arrival Information Visa FAQ…

Life in Japan
Countries, Japan

Life in Japan

The Essentials All Programs AFS Japan Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Sim Card Information (Review before Departure) Year/Semester High School Host School FAQ Characteristics of…

Life in Kenya
Countries, Kenya

Life in Kenya

The Essentials Global Prep AFS Kenya Welcome Booklet Living with a Kenyan Host Family AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Swahili Live Lingua Project:…

Life in Latvia
Countries, Latvia

Life in Latvia

The Essentials AFS Latvia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Changes to Hosting Realities (COVID-19) Digging Deeper Language Resources…

Life in Mexico
Countries, Mexico

Life in Mexico

The Essentials AFS Mexico Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Spanish Duolingo (free language learning app) Memrise:…

Life in Nepal
Countries, Nepal

Life in Nepal

The Essentials Global Prep AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Digging Deeper Language Resources Learn 101: Nepali  ilanguages: Learn Nepali  Omniglot: Useful Phrases in Nepali Free Nepali Guru App Nepali: A…

Life in New Zealand
Countries, New Zealand

Life in New Zealand

The Essentials AFS New Zealand Welcome Booklet  AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Cultural Resources Hofstede Center: New Zealand BBC: New…

Life in Norway
Countries, Norway

Life in Norway

The Essentials AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Visa FAQ Year High School Program AFS Norway Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information Digging Deeper Language Resources Norwegian Language Booklet…

Life in Panama
Countries, Panama

Life in Panama

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

Life in Paraguay
Countries, Paraguay

Life in Paraguay

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year/Semester High School AFS Paraguay Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Year/Semester Community Service AFS Paraguay Welcome…

Life in Peru
Countries, Peru

Life in Peru

The Essentials AFS Peru Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Spanish Duolingo (free…

Life in Poland
Countries, Poland

Life in Poland

The Essentials All Programs AFS Poland Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Year High School Arrival Information Host School FAQ Visa FAQ Language Requirements Applicants to the Year…

Life in Portugal
Countries, Portugal

Life in Portugal

The Essentials AFS Portugal Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Practical Information Survival Guide Discussion Questions for Your Host Family Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Portuguese…

Life in Russia
Countries, Russia

Life in Russia

The Essentials All Programs AFS Russia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year High School Host School FAQ Arrival Information Travel Guidelines Visa FAQ Global Prep…

Life in Serbia
Countries, Serbia

Life in Serbia

The Essentials AFS Serbia Welcome Booklet Get to Know Serbia AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Serbian Music School Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper…

Life in Slovakia
Countries, Slovakia

Life in Slovakia

The Essentials AFS Slovakia Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Host School FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Memrise: Slovak iLanguages: Slovak Slovak 101 Surface Languages: Slovak…

Life in Spain
Countries, Spain

Life in Spain

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year/Semester High School AFS Spain Welcome Booklet Rules & Responsibilities Host School FAQ Tips for Your Spanish Exchange…

Life in Sweden
Countries, Sweden

Life in Sweden

The Essentials AFS Sweden Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Welcome Letter Visa FAQ  Changes to Hosting Realities (COVID-19) Digging Deeper Language Resources…

Life in Switzerland
Countries, Switzerland

Life in Switzerland

The Essentials AFS Switzerland Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources ActiLingua: German Ralf-Kinas: German LiveMocha: German Rosetta…

Life in Thailand
Countries, Thailand

Life in Thailand

The Essentials All Programs AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year High School AFS Thailand Welcome Booklet Host School FAQ Arrival Information School Program Rules and Responsibilities Visa…

Life in the Netherlands
Countries, Netherlands

Life in the Netherlands

The Essentials AFS Netherlands Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Host School FAQ Arrival Information Visa FAQ Digging Deeper Language Resources Rosetta Stone: Dutch Duolingo (free language learning…

Life in Turkey
Countries, Turkey

Life in Turkey

The Essentials All Programs AFS Turkey Welcome Booklet AFS Participant Guide AFS Medical Guide Safety Tips Year High School Host School FAQ Arrival Information (Coming Soon!) Visa FAQ Digging Deeper…

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Area Team Articles

New Sponsored Programs Coordinator

The California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs announces that Santa Clarita, Calif., resident Tracy O’Garro has accepted the volunteer position of Sponsored Programs Cluster Coordinator. In this…

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Area Team Articles

Meet Our Newest Volunteer

The California Central Coast Area Team of AFS Intercultural Programs is pleased to announce that Justine Tuncan, a Valencia High School junior, has become the team’s newest registered volunteer. As…