How an Exchange Year Changes You?

This program helps secondary school students aged 15-18.5 to

Improve Communication

Become fluent in a foreign language, sociable, able to get along with different people and express yourself


Adapt to the Future World

Become adaptive to new environment, able to learn new skills quickly and solve problems independently


Find Your Goal

Become proactive in seeking opportunities,  able to find your interest, strength and future path

Watch the Sharing from Different Sectors!

Read the Sharing of AFS Returnees!


Germany Returnee Matthew Wong

Graduated from Queen’s College, Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong, 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 from Germany at that time and were very used to talking to strangers or sharing personal stories and thoughts!


Italy Returnee Chang Ching

Graduated from QualiEd College, now studying at Li Po Chun United World College of Hong Kong

I tried many new things in Italy, during which I understood my strength and weaknesses, also developed my social and communication skills!


Japan Returnee Linus Wong

Graduated from Christian Alliance Cheng Wing Gee College, now studying at The University of Hong Kong

During the exchange year I learned how to explore different possibilities proactively. This influenced the way I explored my future path after coming back to Hong Kong!


USA Returnee Vince Yiu

Graduated from St. Bonaventure College and High School, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

My academic result before departure once decreased my confidence, but after seeing the world in the year aboard, the failure became less important for me. Seeing different buildings in the US and participating in the handicraft lesson at local school also aroused my interest in architecture!

Based on the Survey Done by 10,500 AFS Returnees^

80.4% of returnees indicated that their exchange helped them improve their problem-solving skills (viewing problems from multiple perspectives, thinking creatively, synthesizing different ideas, etc.)

89.7% of returnees indicated that their exchange helped them better communicate and collaborate with people from different cultures and backgrounds

81.7% of returnees indicated that their exchange helped them become fluent in another language

83.8% of returnees indicated that their exchange helped them develop the ability to adapt in a diverse workplace environment

^AFS International started a global alumni survey at the end of 2018 with 10,500 respondents, including year and short program returnees


Why AFS?

  • Registered 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)
  • 60 network organizations and over 10,000 participants yearly across the globe
  • AFS Hong Kong office sent over 3900 participants since 1982
  • Full scholarships available for students from different backgrounds

Join a Free Info Seminar

Join our Facebook live to have a chat with our returnees and staff!

  • 29 May (Fri) 7:00 – 8:00 pm
  • 13 June (Sat) 3:00 – 4:00 pm
  • 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!

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Apply Now

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

  • Academic reports of the past 3 years
  • Non-refundable application fee of HK$200

Applicants should meet the following criteria:

  • be between 15 and 18.5 years of age on departure
  • in good health (A health certificate will be needed at the later stage of application)
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