Live with a new family in another country. Enjoy different traditions. Take time to appreciate, value and deepen your insights about other perspectives, cultures, religions and important world issues.
Open up your world to new possibilities
Open your mind to a new way to view the world and help others see the world the way you experience it. Build bridges across cultures by creating friendships that will last a lifetime.
Go to a new school, learn a new language and find ways to connect with people from other cultures and backgrounds–skills that you’ll take back home and use for a lifetime.
Discover new things about yourself and your place in the world. Learn how to turn challenging situations into valuable opportunities to grow and become more mature.
How can I become an AFSer?
Find a program and start applying
Our application is thorough. But knowing some key things about you will help make your AFS experience amazing. If you’re stuck just give us a call.
You’ve been selected!
Not everyone becomes an AFS student. Your application, interviews and recommendations tell us how ready you are for an international student exchange. Now the fun begins!
Attend your AFS Orientation Session
AFS orientation sessions (before, during and after your program) help you navigate personal and cultural growth opportunities while you’re abroad.
Jump on plane and meet the world
Dedicated AFS volunteers, host families, and staff are prepared to make your AFS experience an intercultural learning adventure you’ll never forget.
Scholarships & Grants
AFS is committed to helping young people to go abroad regardless of their financial situation. That’s why AFS works with corporate and community sponsors and individual donors to help finance AFS programs through full and partial scholarships.
“It’s terrifying to go to a whole new country with nothing familiar, no one you know, and a journey full of unknowns. That’s what I felt when I stepped on the plane to Norway for a whole year.
I’ve been in Norway for about 3 months now, everything is still so strange and novel. When I first set foot in Norway, meeting my host family was the first thing on my mind. It’s both exciting and scary because you don’t know what to expect. However, all the uncertainties vanished the moment i met my host family. They all greeted me with a big smile on their face and a warm welcoming hug. We spent a lot of time together doing all sorts of things, water fights in the garden, and going to the glaciers. We bonded through all these fun yet simple things. I can’t get a better family than this.
I still have a lot to explore and learn in the next 7 months, still have a lot of challenges to face. But one thing for sure, its that this is going to be a life changing experience.”
Ma Wing Yan – Norway
It's not a year in your life, it's a life in a year.
“There’s definitely a ‘before’ and an ‘after’ my AFS experience in my life. I would have never been who I am right now without AFS. It definitely changed my life.”
—Mela Cabrera, exchange student from Paraguay to Japan
Are you ready for a life-changing experience?
Information for students
You don’t have to go far to find an AFSer making a difference at home or around the world. That’s because AFS helps young people become engaged global citizens—prepared and committed to bringing people together and helping make the world a better place.
how to get your parents to say yes!
Information for parents
AFS is a leading study abroad program for secondary school students, supported and facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. Since 1947, AFS has prepared young people with practical skills and knowledge valued by universities and employers—and needed to succeed in a global world. AFS programs help young people learn about a world beyond their own communities—and become comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures.
Submit completed application form with the following documents to AFS Intercultural Exchanges Ltd by February 28, 2018:
- Academic reports of the past three years
- A recent ID photo
- Non-refundable application fee of HK$200