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High School Study Abroad Programs

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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Online Programs

Now you don’t have to travel to become an exchange student. Experience intercultural learning, meet peers around the world and become a Global Citizen from home! AFS Global You are high-impact, educational, fun and truly global virtual programs based on decades of expertise in the field, these programs build your personal and professional changemaker mindset and skills.

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Short Study Abroad Programs

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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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.


What's Included in the AFS Program Fee?

It is important to know what is and isn’t included in the total AFS program fee. Costs for each exchange vary depending on program length and country visited.

Our pricing is based around making the exchange process as simple as possible for our participants. We try to bundle as much value into the one fee to make it easy for you.

The AFS Pricing Guarantee: AFS guarantees that the price you are quoted at the time your exchange is confirmed will not change. Other student exchange providers will increase your participation fee in response to exchange rate fluctuations but with AFS “what we say is what you pay”.

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  • Round-trip international travel between Malaysia and your host country.
  • Travel to and from your host family’s city or town at the beginning and end of your program.
  • Comprehensive medical insurance. AFS also offers participants and their families an optional travel benefits package, administered through a third party.
  • Two iconic yellow AFS luggage tags.
  • Local language assistance where required.
  • Professional assistance with the application process.
  • Placement with a carefully selected volunteer host family who will provide you room, board, and guidance. Your host family will also arrange a way for you to get to and from your school or community service project each day.
  • Placement with a host school or community service organization. For programs that don’t include school, refer to the program description for other covered activities.
  • Orientations prior to departure and after arrival, including room and board during multi-day orientations that occur throughout the program. This may be anywhere between a few nights to a few weeks stay, depending on the program.
  • Orientation materials available prior to departure and during your exchange.
  • Arrival orientation materials in your host country.
  • Visa application information and assistance.
  • Access to a support network of AFS professional staff and trained volunteers, at home and in your host country.
  • Emergency assistance when you need it 24-hour – 7 days a week – 365 days a year.
  • Access to the international AFS Alumni network