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A country that everyone thinks they know from the movies, but in reality they never stop discovering. Its immense territory offers the most varied landscapes, from the plains to the mountains, to the deserts, to the coasts up to the forests.

The variety of its fifty states makes it extremely rich from every point of view, be it cultural, social or climatic. The United States represents one of the most multicultural and ethnically diverse nations in the world, a large-scale product of immigration from many countries, which has been going on almost since its foundation.
AFS students can be placed in public or private schools; in this second case the schools are mainly managed by religious organizations, often Christian. The curriculum is open: AFS students, helped by the school tutor, choose at the beginning of the year which courses to attend. The tests are mainly written and the homework contributes to the final grade, so a constant commitment is also required in the independent study. The release of the diploma at the end of the school year in the United States is at the discretion of the host school, therefore it cannot be guaranteed.
As a necessary condition for school enrollment, it is mandatory to carry out some additional vaccinations compared to normal Italian prophylaxis. For the visa issue, a demonstration of a good knowledge of the English language is required, certified by at least two years of study and verified during the Intercultura selections by means of a test. Some institutions require compulsory use of the school uniform, the cost of which is borne by the participant.
There are few common traits among American families: many are believers and practitioners of various religions, they can belong to any ethnic group (for example, have Hispanic or Italian origins), they can be composed of parents with or without children, separated, widowed or single, young or not; more than fifty million people speak another language at home, and Spanish is the second most spoken language after English. Usually students are hosted in medium or small centers, sometimes in rural areas: here daily life takes place mainly outside the home, thus making the weekend and evening important gathering moments, during which we take care of the home care together .
The school is the center of youth life: many institutes offer a wide range of extracurricular activities, from sports to clubs to afternoon theater, art and dance courses. In any case, any high school is equipped with facilities to practice one or more sports including American football, basketball, baseball, softball, athletics, swimming, football and tennis.
US law provides that the use of tobacco is prohibited to minors under the age of 18, that of alcohol to minors under the age of 21: an infringement by students implies immediate early return. Students will therefore have to refrain from smoking for the duration of the program, also because families are not willing to host smokers. In many houses there are pets and carpeting, so it is not possible to find suitable families to welcome children with allergies, diseases or particular medical conditions, or who are afraid of living with animals in the house.
The United States is a real subcontinent by extension, geographical diversity, population and climate. Approximately it can be said that the north of the country has a continental climate, with cold winters from November to February and sultry summers, the south has a very dry and hot climate, with little rainfall throughout the year.
There is no state religion, but two thirds of the population are part of a religious confession. Religion is in many cases lived deeply, also as a social and family element. About 78.4% of the population is Christian, the rest of the population professes cults of various kinds among those universally known.
The official language of the country has not been officially established by the government but English is “de facto”, although Spanish is widely spoken, especially in the south of the country. American English is quite different from English, both as an accent and for idiomatic expressions and, in some cases, also for spelling. In general, in the USA the various ethnic groups have maintained, in addition to English, the current use of their language of origin (Italian, German / Yiddish, French, Chinese, etc.)

Eligibility Requirements

The AFS Semester programs offer you a great opportunity to live and study in another country for a period of 6 months. On the AFS Student Exchange program, you will be provided with an exceptional intercultural experience. This program will suit you if you really want to learn a new language and feel a part of a local community.

Inclusions: Placement with host family, Enrollment at a local high school for the duration of the program, International Airfare, Airfare Management, Visa guidance and advice (Visa application submission and cost is student’s responsibility), Domestic travel in your host country to your host family, Medical Insurance (Exclusions apply), 24/ 7 Worldwide support network, Arrival and departure orientations.

For more information on what’s included in the program, fee clicks here.

Visa Information: Please note that most year program destinations do require you to have a visa to participate in a school-based program. Visa costs and application timeframes vary by destination. Please make sure you budget up to an extra RM500-RM1000 for potential visa costs as this is not included in the program fee. AFS sends all visa information to participants upon acceptance to the program.

AFS programs are based on school and family life and note that tourist travel cannot be a priority.

Please note that for Austrian visa purposes you may be required to travel interstate to lodge your visa application. Associated costs with the visa are not included in the AFS program fee.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Domestic Transport
  • School Transport
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Teaching Materials
  • School Materials
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations
  • Cultural Tours
  • Language Instruction
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Grade Transcripts
  • School Diploma
  • Project Materials
  • Stipend