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.

Frequently Asked Questions about the AFS Experience

Following are the answers to frequently asked questions about AFS programs by students. To find out more details and how you can start your AFS experience, please go here.

  • 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