Open up your world to new possibilities

AFS intercultural adventures transform your life forever! We call it the #AFSeffect

Become global

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.


Become change

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.


Become fluent

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.


Become yourself

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?

You’ve explored AFS programs online or met us in person. Now you are ready to apply! Here's what to expect on your intercultural journey with AFS:

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. 

Information Seminar

Learn why you should go abroad on an exchange and how to become a host family to an exchange student.

17 Aug 2019 (Sat), 10:00 am – 11:30 am FULL

7 Sep 2019 (Sat), 11:00 am – 12:30 pm FULL

19 Sep 2019 (Thu), 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm FULL

5 Oct 2019 (Sat) 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

17 Oct 2019 (Thu) 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

2 Nov 2019 (Sat) 11:00 am – 12:00 noon

21 Nov 2019 (Thu) 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Remarks: Information Seminars are held at AFS Office in Wan Chai, unless otherwise indicated by asterisk *, which are held in various districts.

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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.

Learn more about scholarships available

Exchange Stories

“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

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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.

Student's FAQ

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.

Read why AFS is the right choice

Apply Now!

Submit completed application form now with the following documents to AFS Intercultural Exchanges Ltd:

  1. Academic reports of the past three years
  2. A recent ID photo
  3. Non-refundable application fee of HK$200

AFS Application Form