You are going to depart in August or September 2021, immerse yourself in a foreign language environment for 10 months, live with a local host family and study at a local secondary school. Suitable for students aged 15-18.5 years old.
Change your life in a year!
Equip yourself for entering university
Become proactive in learning, comfortable in expressing yourself and fluent in a foreign language, these changes and your unique exchange experience may help you in both academic and interview performance!
In fact, apart from different universities in Hong Kong, in the past many AFS returnees studied abroad in famous overseas universities such as Cornell University, UCL, UC Berkeley, University of Toronto, The Australian National University, etc.
Germany Returnee (Graduated from Cornell University)
‘The entry interview to Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong was my first interview in life, but interestingly I did not feel shy or nervous. It is because I just came back from Germany at that time and were very used to talking to strangers or sharing personal stories and thoughts!’
Transform yourself in a new environment
Become sociable, mature, independent and confident! Adapting to a new environment and a new family is often a transforming experience!
According to the global alumni survey with 10,500 participants, most of the returnees agree that their year exchange experience improved their communication (90%), adaptation (84%) and problem solving skills (80%)
‘My year exchange experience changed my personality and equipped me with global competence. Now I feel like I am more mature, outgoing and proactive than other local students at the same age, which is a great advantage for me in getting along with others.’
- Non-profit organization supported by voluntary host families
- AFS was set up in 1914, now has a consultative status partnership with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- Over 12,000 participants every year and over 500,000 alumni across the globe
- 60 network organizations and numerous exchange destination choices
- AFS Hong Kong office sent over 4,000 participants since 1982
- Full scholarships available for students from different backgrounds
I can really tell the difference when my students came back from their exchange. They matured a lot, became able to recognize and respect cultural differences. Many students mention that they would like to participate more in extracurricular activities when they are back. They do not mind skipping classes to help me host guests as they realize they may be able to learn a lot more than in a single class. As the Chinese wisdom goes, ‘It is better to travel 10,000 miles than to read 10,000 books.’ The AFS Year Exchange Program is testament to this well-known proverb.
ELCHK Lutheran Secondary School
There are positive changes in students after they joined the exchange program in terms of self-development, interpersonal relationship and the way they look at the society. They became clear in their goal for the future and more willing to accept different opinions. More importantly, they learned how to respect different cultures and contribute to the society.
St Paul’s Co-educational College
AFS Year Exchange Program provides a learning opportunity outside classroom for students to learn from real-life experience. Through experiencing different cultures and education system, students become more capable in facing challenges under the trend of globalization and adapting to new environment. The experience also equips them with global competence and helps them to be more competitive. The cultural exchange with people from different backgrounds also improves students’ ability in expressing themselves, communicating with others, working creatively and achieving the goal of All-Round Development.
Join a Free Info Seminar
Join our Facebook live to have a chat with our returnees and staff!
24 June (Wed) 7:00 – 8:00 pm
Just visit our Facebook page AFS Intercultural Exchanges on time and you will see the live video. Don’t forget to like our page and get reminded before the live starts!
4 Steps to Become an Exchange Student
Submit (1) Application form, (2) Academic reports of the past 3 years, (3) Non-refundable application fee of HK$200
Join a selection day and let us know whether you are suitable for the program. Selected students may proceed to Stage 3
Join an information night and follow the instruction to finish the online application, which involves a home visit arranged by our volunteers
Prepare to Depart
After confirming by the host country, you could apply for the visa, then join the Pre-Departure Orientation Camp