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. To know more about where your exchange adventure could lead you head to our programm overview and get inspired.

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We offer scholarships for students and families, who otherwise couldn’t afford to participate on our programs.

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Frequently Asked Questions about the AFS Experience

  • Living, learning and making friends in another country helps you connect with a world larger than your own.
  • Studying abroad builds confidence and helps you become more comfortable in new and cross-cultural settings—in your home community or across the world.
  • Learning how to become a global citizen will help you understand, define and take your place in the world.
  • Exchange programs provide practical skills and understanding you need to communicate, collaborate and make friends with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Learning another language or strengthening your language skills allows you to see the world through the eyes of others and experience a new culture in a much more personal way.
  • Staying with a host family will help you appreciate perspectives of other people, as well as their cultures, values and traditions.
  • Joining a global community like AFS helps you embrace differences and realize that our world is stronger and more interesting because of them.
  • You’ll build your academic portfolio and CV/resume and stand out from the crowd when you apply to university.
  • New opportunities that can help you discover your path in life will be opened to you

The most important decision I have ever made

Going abroad with AFS in 2002-2003 to Seville, Spain, was without a doubt the most important decision I have ever made. It is now 13 years later and that year has shaped my whole life, and the person I am today. In retrospect, I don’t know how I had the guts to do it (at the time, I don’t remember even being nervous!) but cannot imagine how much I would have missed out on if I had not studied abroad. I went to France for another year abroad later, in college, but it didn’t shape my life nearly as much as my high school year abroad.

– Anna Stieg, AFS Student from USA to Spain