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Every year, we award nearly $4.5 million in scholarships and aid to help students see the world.

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Why Study Abroad with AFS?

With a network spanning 40+ countries and 70 years of connecting lives across cultures, we have the scope and experience to offer authentic, immersive ways for high school students to study abroad 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 in their countries and cultures.

To us, studying and living abroad is about becoming a global citizen. 100 years ago, the founders of AFS discovered the importance of intercultural exchange. Today, you can be part of their legacy and join the 400,000 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.

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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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.

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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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