Parents, guardians, and families – we know you want the world for your teenager. Today, our world is changing faster than ever before as industries globalize and workplaces diversify. Future leaders must have the intercultural skills necessary to communicate, collaborate, innovate, and resolve conflicts across countries. Studying abroad helps students develop the creativity, maturity, independence, curiosity, and adaptability expected of the next generation of leading academics and professionals. Sending your child to study abroad is challenging, but with our guidance and support, your young one will rise to meet these growth opportunities.

Why Study Abroad in High School with AFS?

AFS students are immersed in new communities, languages, customs, values, and ways of thinking. Research from MIT shows that establishing such deep connections with people from diverse backgrounds improves creativity: “Creativity is all about connecting dots…” and interacting with new people and places provides more cultural reference points and perspectives, “more dots to connect to the ones they already have.” This mental agility boosts problem-solving skills. Students also develop the ability to handle uncertainty, adapt to new environments, and communicate effectively with people from other cultures, even when conflicts arise.

Health & Safety

Protecting the health, well-being, and safety of our students is our top priority. With over 70 years of experience and an international network of over 50 AFS partner organizations, we have time-tested expertise and layers of support from our local staff and volunteers abroad, as well as our team in the U.S. There’s always someone on-call, 24/7. We also provide secondary medical coverage and monitor world events to ensure we’re ready to handle emergencies.

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Academic Credit

Before studying abroad, it’s important to ensure that your teenager can stay on track with course credits and graduation requirements for their high school back home. Most of our students return with the official credits they need. But, only your school’s guidance counselor or other adviser can determine whether classes completed abroad will fulfill requirements of your local school and education system. AFS-USA can provide advice on when and how to engage your home school in the U.S. and host school abroad to help you transfer academic credits.

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Scholarships & Fundraising

Every year, we award nearly $4.5 million in scholarships and aid. About half of our students receive some funding. We also offer fundraising tools and tips to help everyone realize their dreams of studying abroad.

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What's Included in the Program Fee?

***Some of what’s included in the program fee may vary by program. For example, some of our summer programs do not offer host family or school placements. Please refer to the program page or contact our Study Abroad Specialists for details.

Visas & Travel

Your student may be required to obtain a visa to enter the country for their program, and this process can be somewhat complex. The requirements vary from country to country and the application process often entails very precise timing. If a visa is necessary, our Visa Specialists will support you through the process, but it is ultimately your student’s responsibility to acquire their visa. But don’t worry – our Visa Specialists will contact you when it’s time to start applying!