AFS Intercultural Programs affirms our commitment to resume study abroad programs in the second half of 2020 in a number of locations and where feasible. As a global network, we are actively re-assessing conditions on a country-by-country basis. Participant safety and well-being remain our number one priority.

For 2020 and beyond, we will be launching an innovative, impact-driven new program experience. It will build on our classic exchange program, to ensure the best participant experience, and catalyze the next generation of leaders who will be ready to pursue and deliver on our mission of active global citizenship. Find out more about our plans.

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New Global AFS Alumni Report: Globally minded and socially aware

Explore our new, global research report, Creating Global Citizens: The AFS Effect, focusing on the impact of our exchange programs on life and career. This report is the first large-scale, global survey of our alumni community based on responses from over 10,500 former participants across 80 countries.

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We deliver mission-driven impact three ways


Develop active global citizens to take action


Globalize schools and institutions with tools and programs


Expand access to intercultural education with scholarships and outreach

Help us create change!

“Broadening the perspectives of our next generation of leaders and empowering them to communicate, negotiate and collaborate across differences is mission critical if we want to combat the rising tide of intolerance we see everywhere.”


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    Global citizenship: No longer optional

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    Re-entry in Crisis: 3 key strategies to support students during and after the COVID-19 pandemic

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