The AFS Global STEM Academies combine digital and in-person learning, gathering youth from 15 countries worldwide, in which scholars enrich their sustainability knowledge and STEM skills through interactive, hands-on curriculum, while developing critical global competencies, including problem-solving, analytical skills, intercultural understanding, and social innovation. 

The Academies begin with a 12-week virtual e-learning curriculum (from home), engaging in global competence skills, social impact, and sustainability-focused workshops, with content co-developed by AFS and the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy. The virtual portion of the program culminates with student-led social impact projects and presentations that offer potential solutions to real-world challenges, with an emphasis on sustainability and the UN Sustainable Development Goals, including the topics of climate change and the energy transition. 

After completing the virtual curriculum, Academy scholars travel on a 4-week immersive experience to one of the five Academy destinations: Brazil, China, Egypt, India, or the USA. Academy programming focuses on critical STEM skills and intercultural understanding for global sustainability, as well as local cultural immersion. Scholars participate in community service and have the opportunity to visit local innovative, sustainability focused operations to see first-hand how companies and organizations are using STEM skills in practice to address industry and societal challenges, particularly around sustainability.

Program scholars earn the Advanced Certificate on Global Competence for Social Impact, awarded by AFS and the University of Pennsylvania Center for Social Impact Strategy. bp, a global energy company, provides funding that supports these scholarships.

2024 Applications are now closed.

Admissions decisions will be announced on 16 February 2024.

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Who can apply?

The program is available only via scholarship award. For more information about the application and selection process please see the FAQs below.

2024 Applications are now closed.

Admissions decisions will be announced on 16 February 2024.

Applicants to the AFS Global STEM Academies must meet all of the following criteria, outlined as follows:

  • Azerbaijan
  • Brazil
  • China
  • Egypt
  • Germany
  • Hungary
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Japan
  • Malaysia
  • Mexico
  • South Africa
  • Trinidad & Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

What’s included in your experience?

  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Cultural Tours
  • Field Trips
  • AFS Worldwide Presence
  • Emotional & Learning Support
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Domestic Transport
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  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Continuous Support
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance

Where will you go?

All Academy scholars start with a 12-week interactive online curriculum (from home), engaging in content on global competence skills, social impact, and sustainability. The virtual portion of the program culminates with student-led social impact projects and presentations that offer potential solutions to real-world challenges, with an emphasis on climate change and the energy transition. After completion of the online curriculum, scholars then travel on a 4-week study abroad experience in one of the following destinations. Please note that travel eligibility and exact program dates are subject to change based on international travel restrictions and/or visa requirements due to the COVID-19 pandemic:
Mesmerizing view of the Brazilian cityscape with an ocean under a cloudy sky


15 June – 12 July, 2024

Explore innovations in renewable energy in the coastal city of Natal, Brazil. In Natal, on Brazil’s northeast Atlantic coast, scholars will meet with professors and learn about their research at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte, while taking field trips to the International Institute of Physics, the Brain Institute, and the Digital Metropolis Institute. Learn about the importance of biofuels and alternative energy production, and meet with STEM professionals and mentors. This immersive Academy includes a homestay weekend with a Brazilian family (depending on Covid-19 protocol at the time of hosting) and activities with Brazilian high schoolers, as well as Portuguese language classes and workshops to build intercultural leadership and global citizenship skills.

Texas, Houston, Harris County Courthouse


2 July – 27 July, 2024

Discovery awaits in the diverse city of Houston, Texas, USA – the “Energy Capital of the World.” Explore innovative technologies that help power global cities, including supercomputing and wind turbines. Learn about Houston’s Climate Action Plan and climate-resilient, sustainable development. Visit NASA’s Johnson Space Center and participate in a community service project to help protect the wetland habitats of Galveston Bay. Additional visits may include the Texas Medical Center (the world’s largest of its kind) and Greentown Labs, an energy hub supporting climate-tech startups, renewable energy and decarbonization. Scholars will be hosted in dorms at the University of Houston, and experience American culture through interaction with local high-school students and cultural events such as Theatre Under the Stars.

india NatGeo


30 July – 27 August, 2024

Rich culture intersects with leading research and development in India. Scholars will engage in hands-on workshops on topics such as robotics and technology-driven software, complete service leadership projects, embark on field trips and meet with energy industry leaders. Connect with local professionals and learn more about global careers in the STEM and sustainability fields. Learn about India’s innovations in mobility, including lower-emission fuels, electric vehicle charging and other lower-carbon solutions, along with its demand to meet the fastest-growing fuels market in the world. With tours of iconic landmarks and extracurricular activities like music, dance, and art to enrich the Academy, scholars will develop a deeper understanding of India’s uniquely diverse culture and history.



18 July – 16 August, 2024

In the “cradle of civilization”, explore ancient engineering wonders such as the Great Pyramids, as well as the unique environmental sustainability practices in the modern city of Cairo. Scholars will engage in STEM (or rather STREAM – adding Art & Robotics) activities, from exploring how robotics help mitigate climate change problems, to conducting hands-on learning both in the field and in laboratories at Zewail City of Science and Technology. In addition to a homestay experience with a local Egyptian host family, scholars will have the opportunity to learn Arabic, attend Egyptian art and dance workshops, and volunteer alongside local youth in community service projects.



6 July – 2 August, 2024

Embark on a 4-week learning journey in Shanghai, Ningbo, and Changzhou to delve into the future of mobility, innovation, and sustainable energy in China. Throughout the Academy, scholars will engage with local STEM leaders and Chinese peers, with a special visit to Tsinghua University for an immersive experience in top-notch STEM education. The camp in China will include hands-on exploration of flight simulation, model making, 3D printing, VR experiences, and more. Scholars will also spend time with local families and participate in cultural trips to museums, companies, manufacturing plants, and historical sites, gaining insights into the science, technology, engineering, social development, and the rich history and culture of China.

Frequently Asked Questions

Once you have submitted your pre-application, including completing all items on your to do list, our team will assess your pre-application to determine if you are eligible to continue the process. To review the eligibility criteria, and to read more about the program please visit the program page. If you are selected for an interview, you will be contacted directly via email and receive further notice at that time. 

If you have any questions, please email us at [email protected]