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High School Study Abroad

Study at a high school in a new country, during an academic year, semester or trimester. Make new friends, learn a new language, live with a global family, and become an active global citizen! It is all about personal growth, cultural exploration, active global citizenship and belonging.

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AFS Academies

The AFS Academies are highly focussed short-term, theme-based programs for under 18s designed to empower you to change your world, engage in hands-on activities, and learn skills vital to becoming a global citizen of tomorrow. AFS Academies provide the perfect opportunity to explore human rights, STEM, language and culture, and sustainability.

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Virtual Programs

AFS Global You Adventurer is a one-of-a-kind online program where young people between the ages of 14 and 17 will learn about connecting with people across cultures and become part of a global community. In addition to having fun, you’ll earn an award-winning AFS Global Competence Certificate.

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Why choose an AFS exchange program?

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 to gain the practical skills and knowledge valued by universities and employers—and needed to succeed in a global world.

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AFS offers carefully-designed international adventures that are fun, challenging and will change your life forever. Our participants are not tourists: the AFS experience will help you mature and develop skills that you will use throughout your lifetime:

  • Explore and discover a new culture
  • Learn to live and enjoy life outside your comfort zones
  • Get accustomed to making more decisions on your own
  • Enjoy amazing adventures with new friends from around the world
  • Try out new sports and unfamiliar activities
  • Share everyday life and cultural traditions with a host family

Continuing study abroad during COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic is calling for an agile response to changed realities. AFS is well-prepared to run study abroad programs with a robust risk management and support system in place, and we are fortunate to have already laid the groundwork for transformative change well before COVID-19. AFS programs will run in countries where health and safety conditions allow, and student visas are possible.

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More than going abroad - it's a learning experience!

AFS developed a Student Learning Journey & Curriculum that covers the exchange experience before, during and after the program. It’s designed to help students gain global skills, practice social impact and develop 21st-century competences – we call them AFS superpowers!

AFS support students with structural and facilitated intercultural learning journeys that lead to Global Competence.

Take part in AFS programs today and become a leader who does great things.

“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, AFS student from Paraguay to Japan

Meet AFS alumni