• Catching up with AFS Scholarship Recipient Katie

    Katie is a 17-year old AFSer from Wisconsin who founded the non-profit Kids Tales and brought it to Colombia as the winner of the 2014 Project: Change Vision in Action award.

  • A Glimpse into Future AFSer Banu's Life

    We chatted with Banu about his passions and why he's excited to travel to India with the BP Scholarship.

  • A Conversation with Future AFSer Zoditu

    Zoditu talks about her intercultural background and shares why she’s excited to spend a year studying abroad in France.

  • Bringing France Home

    My six months in France helped me discover myself. I’m more confident because of my exchange, because the pieces of me that I hold onto can withstand different cultures.

  • Quiz: Put Your Global Knowledge to the Test

    Test your global knowledge with these ten questions and find out how much you know about the world around you.

  • What iPhones and hoodies can teach us about cultural understanding

    How global competency plays a central role in the modern world.

  • Making the world your home

    An AFS Returnee describes how living with a host family in France taught her the power of language.

  • 6 study abroad photos you can't go home without

    Studying abroad is the perfect time to bring your Instagram feed to a whole new level.

  • 7 reasons why Iguazu Falls is more than just a waterfall

    Here are seven facts that'll make you want to pack your poncho, your selfie stick, and your Spanish-English dictionary and book your trip right now!

  • Celebrity quotes about travel that will make you want to hop on a plane RIGHT NOW

    So, Bradley Cooper was an exchange student. Need we say more?

  • 9 study abroad tips for students and parents

    Check out these words of wisdom from AFSers who've been there!

  • What I learned from volunteering with refugees

    I traveled to Hungary with four American AFSers to learn about the European refugee crisis of the summer of 2015, explore policies, and visit a refugee camp.

  • These 11 things will make you dream of Spain

    Let's take a spin through some of the highlights of Spanish culture, and see why our fascination is here to stay.

  • The Great Benefits of A Gap Year

    The White House recently announced that Malia Obama, will be attending Harvard, but has decided to take a gap year.

  • Global Taste Test #1: The Cheeses of France

    Let’s explore several popular French cheeses and the ways that their intricate flavors are like the wide range of experiences you can have while abroad.

  • 6 ways to get your hands dirty volunteering in Costa Rica

    Here are 6 ways to experience Costa Rica with us this summer, soaking up rays and gaining essential hands-on knowledge about sustainability.

  • AFS-USA Forms Partnership with iEARN-USA

    A new partnership between AFS-USA and iEARN-USA will bring virtual exchange to more students and classrooms.

  • In Japan, fashion offers an opportunity for self-expression

    The fashion scene in Japan is vibrant and unique. Let's take a look at a few of the styles currently brightening up the streets of Tokyo.

  • 8 signs you might be French at heart

    Here are a few ways to tell if your "joie de vivre" fits in with the French way of life.

  • You're going where?! Talking to your BFF about study abroad

    Being apart from your best friends while abroad can be tough. With these tips, you can plan ahead and keep those friendships strong.

  • What your Chinese Zodiac animal says about your travel personality

    Each of the twelve animals in the Chinese Zodiac have distinct personality traits. Find out how they apply to your travel personality!

  • In Brazil, street art paints a vivid picture of city life

    A dynamic street art culture emerges in Brazilian cities, where local artists foster creativity while also addressing important social issues.

  • What India’s festivals can show us about global citizenship

    India's festivals are joyous examples of celebrating intercultural diversity.

  • Discovering the art of grape-stomping in Portugal

    AFS student Maggi shares her experience of grape-stomping at a vineyard with her host family while studying abroad in Portugal.

  • Full Scholarships to Make Your Study Abroad Dreams a Reality

    AFS can help bring you to your destination of choice with these full, merit-based scholarships sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.

  • Yes, I wore a hijab for a day, and here is what I learned

    An AFS student in Egypt accepts a challenge to wear a headscarf for an entire day.

  • When life abroad becomes your new "normal"

    A high school exchange student reveals 7 moments that made her realize that life in Turkey had become just...life.

  • 7 reasons why you should keep a study abroad blog

    Blogging about your study abroad experience can benefit you in countless ways - both during and after your program!

  • The #1 study abroad moment you never forget

    High school study abroad is generally one of the most memorable experiences you can have as a teen. But is there one particular moment that stays with you for life?

  • 6 stats that will make you think differently about study abroad

    Study abroad is subject to stereotypes, even as it serves to dispel them. These 6 facts will help you see study abroad for what it really is.

  • 6 “love lessons” learned while studying abroad in Paris

    AFS exchange students share their experiences in "the city of love" and the insights they took away, just in time for Valentine's Day!

  • An exchange student's photo tour of Berlin

    AFS Exchange Student Anna visually depicts one of her favorite study abroad experiences and discusses the perks of being a scholarship recipient.

  • Why yes, I DID spend winter break in the Swiss Alps

    AFS Exchange Student Brooke discovers how the Swiss do winter break, and it's pretty impressive!

  • 6 things you can learn from the AFS Returnee in space

    As Italy's first female astronaut, AFS Returnee Samantha Christoforetti proves that study abroad can be a launchpad for lifelong exploration.

  • 5 reasons fundraising for study abroad is more doable than you think

    It's always good to go into your study abroad experience with a little extra cash. See why and how you can definitely make that happen.

  • Everything's beautiful in Norway

    In Norway, soaking in natural beauty is as much a part of exploring the culture as tasting the food or learning the language.

  • What I've discovered after 10 days in France

    You expect a year abroad to change you forever. But you may not realize that transformation begins the moment you step off the plane.

  • So THIS is what Costa Rica is really like...

    No matter how much you prepare for studying abroad, your first days in your new country will be filled with surprises.

  • Hello again, USA

    An AFSer describes what it's like to come home again after 10 months abroad in Indonesia.

  • 5 (more) ways Germany will surprise you

    Germany is home to a lot of surprising perks that will make your time there unforgettable!

  • 5 of Argentina's coolest cultural exports

    Some things you encounter in Argentina are so good they need to be shared with the world!

  • 5 ways Chile satisfies the soul

    The perfect balance of comfort and intrigue, Chile is an ideal place to call home for a semester or a year abroad.

  • 7 reasons to love Brazil (besides soccer)

    We love soccer as much as the next person, but there are other reasons Brazil is worthy of your attention.

  • Your long term goals and study abroad

    Learn how studying abroad impacts your long term goals and vice versa.

  • How far we've come...

    An inside look at the end-of-program rituals that seal friendships forever and put the study abroad experience into perspective.

  • Birthday wishes from around the world

    An AFS student preparing to study abroad in Italy discovers the power of the AFS effect, even before the plane takes off.

  • Study abroad is like spring cleaning for your life

    In our cluttered lives, it can be difficult to focus on what matters. Study abroad can give you space to clear your head and find your true passions.

  • Homes away from home

    When you study abroad, you find a new home. Check out these host family houses worldwide to see how that new home might look.

  • Words are overrated

    Overcoming the language barrier can seem daunting, but there are very good reasons not to stress about it before going abroad.

  • And everything started to click...

    An AFS student studying abroad in Italy reaches that magic point in her exchange program when the unfamiliar suddenly feels so right.

  • Settling in among the Kiwis

    An AFS student describes his new life in New Zealand and reveals what the first two weeks in a new country are really like.

  • Small town life, big city adventures

    AFS student Bryana learns that the city and the country each have their merits in picturesque Sweden.

  • Food and family in Spain

    An AFS student in Spain dishes about the truly important aspects of her study abroad experience: family and food!

  • South Africa is awesome

    An AFS/YES Abroad student gives us a taste of life in the land of ever-present wildlife, breathtaking landscapes, Nelson Mandela and more.

  • Mochi, anyone?

    An AFS student studying abroad in Japan learns the art of making the popular Japanese delicacy, mochi.

  • My Paraguayan Prom

    An AFS student studying in Paraguay discovers that the high school Prom there is much more than just a dance.

  • 5 ways to be a fundraising superstar

    AFSers are proving that, when study abroad funds are needed, personal fundraising initiatives can be a huge success.

  • Yes, you really should study abroad (and here's why)

    Discover the top 5 reasons to study abroad during high school. Find out exactly how it will benefit you and why going during your teenage years is a must!

  • Living life to the fullest in Italy

    An AFS student studying abroad in Italy realizes how freeing it is living in a new setting with entirely new people...and starts to take advantage.

  • School, friends & uniforms in Japan

    Here in Japan, one of the places where I spend the most time is school. Here's an inside look at this significant part of my daily reality.

  • Why International Education Week is your time to shine

    Learn about International Education Week (IEW), how you can take part, and why you should want to.

  • Video: Sharing culture through music

    Check out our newest video featuring music and dance as expressions of culture, enhancers of mood, and infectious sources of fun!

  • You're back from studying abroad...now what?

    Coming home after a life-changing study abroad experience can be a difficult adjustment. Learn how to cope with your return and figure out what's next.

  • An interview with Kim!

    Read our exclusive interview with Kim, one of the exchange students featured most prominently in Amanda Ripley's book, "The Smartest Kids in the World."

  • "Back-to-School" in Indonesia

    An AFS-USA exchange student reveals all about the start of her school year in Indonesia.

  • Video: A year abroad in Turkey

    NSLI-Y participants provide an inside look into their experiences studying abroad and learning a language in Turkey.

  • AFS Returnees on the Rise

    An interview with Natasha Araya-Schraner, one of our "Returnees on the Rise," who is making a difference after studying abroad.