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With a network spanning 45+ countries and 70+ years of connecting lives across cultures, we have the scope and experience to offer authentic, immersive ways for young travelers to study abroad and live around the world. Our 150+ high school study abroad programs are led by locals in the communities you’ll join. AFS staff, volunteers, and host families will welcome you to a second home.
To us, studying and living abroad is about becoming a global citizen. Over 100 years ago, the founders of AFS discovered the importance of intercultural exchange. Today, you can be part of their legacy and join the 500,000 alumni who proudly call themselves AFSers.
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Featured High School Study Abroad Programs
High School in BrazilWith its delicious food, diverse population, and world-famous festivals, Brazil is an ideal place to immerse yourself in a new culture.
High School in ParaguaySpend a year or semester in el corazón de Sudamerica (the heart of South America) learning Spanish and immersing yourself in Paraguayan daily life.
High School in ArgentinaSpend a year or semester in Argentina and experience one of South America’s most vibrant countries with a diverse mix of European, African and indigenous cultures
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Destination Match GamePlay our short Destination Match Game to get country recommendations based on cultural differences, climate preferences, favorite foods, and more!
How to Choose a Study Abroad Program that’s Right for YouIt can be hard to decide when, where, and how long to study abroad in high school. With 120 programs in more than 45 different countries, it can seem daunting to…
Why should I study abroad?
By going abroad in high school, you can change your world in ways that are both visible to you personally, and visible to your friends, family, teachers, and future peers and colleagues. Many AFSers say that their experience was “transformational.” They gain new maturity and independence, and develop a better understanding of what their passions and long-term goals are. They also share that they’re better prepared than many of their peers for the college application and interview process.
There are practical benefits to going abroad in high school too, like gaining language fluency, developing critical intercultural communication skills, and forming lifelong connections that span the globe and often last a lifetime.
The impact of going abroad is different for everyone. Call our AFS Study Abroad Specialists or visit Ask an AFSer on Facebook to learn more.
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8 Career Paths for Students Who Loved Studying AbroadStudying abroad while in high school or college is an excellent opportunity for your education and your career. It helps students plan for the future and gain invaluable skills they’ll…
5 Ways to Continue Being a Global Citizen After Study AbroadNearly 16% of all college students will study abroad at some point during their degree program, and through programs like AFS-USA, some high schoolers even have the opportunity to live…
AFS-USA embraces diversity at every level of our organization.
We are committed to creating safe and supportive intercultural learning opportunities for all high school study abroad participants, including persons with disabilities and people of all genders, nationalities, races, religions, and sexual orientations.