General FAQ

Hosting an international exchange student can be a highly rewarding opportunity for your family. The chance to discover a different perspective than your own and to share your own culture with an international student is a daily lesson in cultural understanding. The bonds created span continents—and can last for many years to come.

We welcome your questions to help you determine if hosting is right for you, and encourage you to meet our incoming students.

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 – AFS provides a great support network of volunteers who arrange activities for the exchange students; however, the more opportunity the AFS Exchange Student has to experience your life, the better!


Yes! There’s no “typical” AFS Host Family. Our definition of family focuses on the warm, welcoming environment provided by the individual(s). Whether or not you have children in your home, you are eligible to apply to be an AFS Host Family, however, per US Department of State regulations, AFS must obtain prior approval from the student and his or her natural parents for a placement if you are a single person with no children living in your home.