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During your exchange program with AFS you will live in a host family, attend a local school and therefore experience a foreign culture up close. AFS provides a preparation camp before you leave and a reorientation-camp where you can share your experience with other exchange students. The program also covers an AFS framework program during your stay and ongoing consultation and personal support. Local volunteers and the AFS office of the corresponding country are there to support you in any way needed. Chances are high that you will live in either a small city, a village or in the countryside.

Eligibility Requirements

A basic knowledge of the English language is a requirement for all available programs. You are expected to learn the local language, to integrate yourself in your host family and to attend your school regularly and actively. You should be in good health and depending on the country certain vaccinations or medical test may also be required. If you are or have been in psychological treatment over the last eighteen months some countries may not accept your application. Vegetarian, vegan or other dietary restrictions will likely complicate the search for a suitable host family. Smoking will have the same effect and in certain countries it’s even illegal to smoke as a minor. Your future host family’s beliefs may range from agnostic to highly religious, you are neither expected to adopt their beliefs nor to hide your own. But it is very important that you are open and understanding towards other religions.

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What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Cultural Tours
  • Domestic Transport
  • School Transport
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • School Materials
  • Continuous Support
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • School Uniform