What makes AFS stand out from other international exchange programs is our selection of program offerings. AFS offers one of the widest selections of programs and countries in the study abroad industry.
The best place to go for the most updated information on our AFS sending programs is to go to the AFS-USA website at www.afsusa.org
Academic Year and Semester
There are currently over 40 year and semester programs available to our U.S students. These programs focus on academics, language and cultural immersion. Participants on these programs live with host families and attend school.
- In-home or in-person interview
- Each country and program may also have specific academic, language, or age requirements. This information can be found on the AFS-USA website
There are currently over 20 summer programs available to our U.S students. These programs are generally anywhere between 4-8 weeks in length. These programs tend to have a focus either on language, homestay (living with a host family), community service, or culture.
- Each country and/or program may also have specific requirements. This information can be found on the AFS-USA website
There are currently 19 Global Prep programs available to our U.S students. These programs are 2-3 weeks in length. Students travel in a group and have a specific educational focus. The educational and cultural focus varies on country and program.
- Students must be between 13-18 years of age
These are a new line of programs for participants 18 and older. By working with other partners in the Sentio network, a global network of high quality intercultural organizations, we are able to offer an extensive catalogue of programs to our 18+ applicants that include college credit programs, internships, and volunteer abroad programs. For more information click here.
- Participants must be 18 years old by the time their program starts
- Must be a U.S citizen or resident of the United States
- Must have a high school degree if they are enrolling in a college credit program
The YES Abroad program offers full scholarships for American high school students to study for one academic year in select countries with significant Muslim populations.
First authorized by the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, the YES program seeks to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. In 2007, the YES program was expanded to include YES Abroad, giving American high school students the opportunity to live and study abroad in a YES partner country.
The YES program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
To learn more about the program, please visit or www.yes-abroad.org.
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Languages include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.
NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning.
Previous language study is not required, and language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply.
Details about the application timeline and more information about the program can be found at www.nsliforyouth.org
CBYX (Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange)
The CBYX program was launched in 1983 by the U.S. Congress and the German Parliament. CBYX is a full scholarship program for American high school and gap-year students to study abroad for a year in Germany. Congress-Bundestag scholars serve as youth ambassadors of the United States, sharing their life and culture with their German hosts and local government officials.
CBYX scholarships are distributed amongst the different exchange organizations by geographic regions in the U.S. AFS-USA receives CBYX scholarship winners from the N.E region in the U.S.
Details about the CBYX scholarship program can be found at www.usagermanyscholarship.org