1. Do I need to repeat my school year after coming back to Hong Kong? Will this exchange year affect my study?

No need to repeat. If you are studying at F.3 now, you are going to study F.4 after coming back to Hong Kong. And based on our experience, most of the AFS retunees could catch up with their study and this exchange year often helped their future development, which is not something a normal Hong Kong school year could give you.

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2. Could I choose my host family and school? How do you select host families?

As an international organization with 100+ years of history, all AFS offices have their strong host family and school network. Our experienced local staff will match you with the most suitalbe host family based on your profile, then you will be placed in a local school near your family. All AFS host families also went through home visits to make sure that they are suitable to host.

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3. Which year will I take in the host country?

AFS will make arrangement based on the year you take in Hong Kong, which means if you have already finished F.3 in Hong Kong, you are going to study grade 10 (Equal to F.4 in Hong Kong) there. Nevertheless host schools may be able to make adjustment based on your level and performance in specific subjects. This is a great chance for exchange students to try different subjects, find their interest and strength, which helps them to think about their future path.

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4. I would like to go to non-English speaking countries, is it difficult to learn a language from scratch?

Of course it is difficult at first, but when you are living in a foreign language environment, learning language is much faster than in Hong Kong. Usually our exchange students could handle the basic local language around Christmas. To help exchange students in adapting, we, AFS office or volunteers, will also try to offer basic knowledge of the language before departure.

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Other Questions

No, as program date and location are closely related to complicated arrangement like VISA application, insurance, activity plan and program operation, AFS will arrange and purchase return air tickets for all exchange students, the start and end location of the program must also be Hong Kong.