Community College FAQ

All types of families are encouraged to apply; there is no “typical” AFS Host Family. Families can have small or teenage children at home, be empty nesters with adult children, or be couples with no children. Single adults and single parents are also welcome. Families shouldn’t worry about being too busy, as college students tend to have a focus on their studies and are generally more independent than high school exchange students.
Yes, host families of community college students receive a stipend of $400 per month. In addition, your own children may also be eligible for an AFS Family Award which can be applied toward their own AFS study abroad program tuition.
As a host family, you will provide your student with:
  1. The opportunity to participate in your family’s daily lives and events
  2. The same comfort and interaction you would provide to any member of your family
  3. A bed, not convertible or inflatable in nature; sharing a room with a sibling of the same gender close in age is fine
  4. Meals eaten as a family or in restaurants
AFS students arrive with their own spending money for social and school activities, clothes, etc. As a host family, you will not need to provide spending money or an allowance.
No, your student will come with secondary medical insurance so that, in an emergency, the student can be treated as soon as possible. There is also a 24-hour support phone number in case of any emergency.

Are host families responsible for enrolling their AFS student in school?

No. AFS works with community colleges to ensure exchange students are in compliance with each school’s policies and procedures. AFS enjoys an excellent reputation with schools across the country, and we value a close working relationship with the schools that we serve.

How are students selected?

AFS students are required to meet a high standard of qualifications to be accepted by the AFS office in their home country, as well as by AFS-USA. They must:
  1. be at least 18 years old on arrival
  2. demonstrate a commitment to academic motivation and possess solid grades
  3. be in good general health and meet the medical criteria

Does the student speak English?

Yes, all students have a demonstrated level of proficiency in English. Our students come to the U.S. with a desire to immerse themselves in the language and to improve their level of proficiency.

Who are AFS Exchange Students?

AFS students come from more than 90 countries, and are seen as role models and leaders in their home communities by demonstrating maturity and motivation to study abroad.