120 Wall Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY 10005
Contact: Melvin Harmon, Senior Director of Customer Experience and Program Innovation
2017-2018 CSIET Listing Status: Full
Countries Served: Albania, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Belgium, Bolivia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Gaza, Germany, Ghana, Guatemala, Honduras, Hong Kong, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Latvia, Lebanon, Liberia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Mexico, Morocco, Mozambique, Netherlands, New Zealand, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Portugal, Qatar, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Serbia, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela, West Bank, Yemen
Number of 2016-2017 Participants: 2667 (2202 semester and year inbound; 473 semester and year outbound)
Grant Programs: NSLI-Y program, YES program, CBYX program
Not-for-Profit Organization: Established 1947
AFS Intercultural Programs/USA (AFS-USA) has been a leader in international student exchange for 70 years. AFS-USA is a nonprofit, volunteer-based organization through which more than 3,000 students and adults are exchanged among 44 partner countries annually.
AFS programs foster global competency among participants by providing intercultural learning experiences. By immersing themselves in another culture, participants develop new perspectives and gain self-confidence and independence. These life-changing experiences reflect AFS-USA’s mission: To work toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.
AFS-USA was founded in 1947 by former members of the American Field Service, a volunteer ambulance driver corps during World Wars I and II. After the wars ended, they felt that the best way to ensure future peace among nations was to educate a generation of enlightened world leaders through international student exchange. Since its inception, more than 400,000 students have participated on AFS programs worldwide.
AFS-USA actively seeks to include participants, volunteers and staff regardless of race, creed, age, color, gender, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, level of ability, national origin, and marital status.
AFS-USA is committed to making its programs available to all qualified students and adults regardless of their financial ability, awarding over $3 million in need- and merit-based scholarships annually, including fully-funded scholarship programs through the US Department of State.
Participation fee ranges are listed on the AFS-USA website www.afsusa.org and include: round-trip international travel to and from the host community; placement with a carefully selected host family who provides room and board; orientations; local, in-country support and 24-hour emergency assistance; secondary medical coverage; visa information; and, a tuition waiver for academic programs.
AFS-USA’s immersion-based program offerings include year and semester programs in more than 40 countries for US high school students and recent graduates. The focus of programs ranges from academic to volunteer to language learning, and other special activities based on participants’ interests. Prior language experience is not required for most programs. AFS-USA has a rolling admissions policy, and students are encouraged to apply early for need- and merit-based scholarship consideration.
Academic Year and Semester Programs — Students have the opportunity to develop and strengthen language skills and build lifelong relationships through living with host families and attending high school in another country. Academic year and semester programs are available in 44 countries, with fees ranging from $12,200 to $16,150.