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The AFS-USA Community College Program is perfect for applicants interested in intensive English language study or a serious first step towards a higher education degree. It is also an exciting gap year cultural immersion experience.

AFS has designed this program to meet the needs of young adults (18-20) who have completed the high school diploma equivalent in their home countries.

Participants are placed in homes where they can experience the United States with the safety and support of host families and local volunteers. AFS teams identify and evaluate host families carefully and provide a local volunteer liaison to aid in the intercultural immersion adaptation. Local teams offer additional social activities such as Halloween Parties to further the cultural experience.

Participants take a minimum course load of 12-15 credits to maintain their visa status with the colleges. They must attend classes and keep up an acceptable grade point average to maintain their visa – which is administered by the college directly.

Participants are on a flexible independent travel plan after two months and when school is not in session. Participants who arrive with a drivers license may choose to drive (see additional conditions).

Program Details

  • Program Type
    • Language
    • Study Abroad
  • Location
  • Program for an individual or for a group
    Individual
  • Program highlights
    • Make new friends from around the world
    • Improve your English proficiency
    • Take academic classes in your field of interest
    • Explore the USA & travel during school breaks
    • Gain another family

What's included in your experience

  • Housing
  • Host Family Placement
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Meals
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Global Competence Certificate
  • Continuous Support
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Medical Insurance
  • Language Instruction

What you are responsible for

  • Airfare
  • Domestic Transport
  • Visa and Passport Fees