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Open up your world to new possibilities
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
IN PERSON information session
AFS Schweiz Interkulturelle Programme
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.