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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+ 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 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Going abroad prompts so many profound questions about how cultures and contexts inform how we communicate, perceive, act, and think. But there are some logistics and details to consider before boarding that plane. Our FAQs cover most of those concerns.
Info for Parents & Guardians
How to Write a Great Essay for the Project: Change ScholarshipsTo help you earn a scholarship to go abroad and become a changemaker, we’ve put together 8 tips to help…
Slang from Around the WorldSlang 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. While languages vary greatly, it’s interesting to note how cultures have different ways of communicating the same sentiment or feeling. Suffice it to say, we loved reading through the hundreds of examples of slang and idioms our students submitted.
New Research Report, “Creating Global Citizens: The AFS Effect”NEW YORK, N.Y., November 6, 2019—AFS released a large-scale research report on Tuesday, focused on the impact that AFS exchanges…