AFS-USA


120 Wall Street, 4th Floor
New York, NY  10005
Phone: 800-AFS-INFO
Fax: 212-299-9090
E-mail: studyabroad@afsusa.org
Website: www.afsusa.org
Contact: Melvin Harmon, Senior Director of Customer Experience and Program Innovation



2018-2019 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,Israel, 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, South Korea, Spain, Suriname, Sweden, Switzerland, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, Venezuela, West Bank, Yemen
Number of 2017-2018 Participants: 2388 (1970 semester or year J-1 inbound; 418 semester or 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 more than 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 Partner Offices are established national organizations recognized and supported by governmental and educational institutions abroad. AFS-USA actively seeks to include participants, host families, 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.
 
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. 
 
Academic Year and Semester Programs – U.S. Hosting —International students ages 15 to 18 travel to the United States, attend school for one semester or ten months, and live with a U.S. host family.  AFS students are carefully screened and interviewed by AFS partners around the world. Acceptance is based on academic motivation, adaptability, maturity, attitude, and language skills. Trained and experienced AFS volunteers provide local support for students, host families and schools through the duration of the exchange.
 
Academic Year and Semester Programs Abroad - 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. Students have the opportunity to develop and strengthen language skills, intercultural learning, and build lifelong relationships through living with host families and attending high school in another country. AFS-USA has a rolling admissions policy, and students are encouraged to apply early for need- and merit-based scholarship consideration. Fees range from $12,200 to $16,150.