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Why Study Abroad with AFS?

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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We’re all about immersion. Whether you’re learning a second language or connecting with your newfound community, AFS will help you engage deeply with local life.

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Scholarships

Every year, we award scholarships to help high school students and recent graduates study abroad and see the world.

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

Info for Parents & Guardians

With our guidance and support, your teen can develop the global knowledge and intercultural skills needed for their future.

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Embrace Diversity

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.

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