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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.

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

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. 

Upcoming information sessions & events

AFS Schweiz Interkulturelle Programme

Kernstrasse 57
CH-8004 Zürich

Tel +41 44 218 19 19
Fax +41 44 218 19 00

Wednesday afternoon 2pm – 4pm

It’s time to find out more about AFS, why you should go abroad on an exchange, how to become a host family to an exchange student, and how you can get involved as an AFS Volunteer!

Scholarships & Discounts

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

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

Cultural exchange from home

And what about an intercultural experience for your whole family? As a host family, your parents and siblings have the opportunity to have their own intercultural exchange and will at the same time enable another student to dive into Swiss culture. We are convinced that being a host family before, during or after your exchange will deepen the experience you and your family make and will therefore reduce the price of your own program by CHF 1’500.

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Learn how to become a global citizen

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.

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Learn while exploring a whole new world

AFS will help you to take some learning advantage from any positive or negative experience of your adventure. Our orientation camps and the monthly contact with your personal contact person in your   local chapter in your host country are just two examples. You will learn much more than just a new language. You will develop beyond. The future can come!

Connect with AFSers from around the world!

Go AFSNext—programs designed for young adults, professionals and teachers

The next generation of AFS international study, volunteer and internship programs offers adults exceptional opportunities to achieve your global ambitions.  Stimulating AFSNext experiences provide adults of all ages with a clear advantage in many ways and every profession—at home and around the world.

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