You don’t have to go far to find an AFSer making a difference at home or around the world. That’s because AFS helps young people become engaged global citizens—prepared and committed to bringing people together and helping make the world a better place.

Frequently Asked Questions about the AFS Experience

Following are the answers to frequently asked questions about AFS programs by students.

All students aged between 15 and 17 are eligible to apply for this programme. If you are currently in Form 3, 4 or 5, we will consider your application if we receive the form before the closing date. You do not need to be the best academically as we are looking for people who are able to adapt, are open and willing to share their culture as well as learn a new one.

Eligibility for YES (Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study Program)
• Form 5 students ONLY (May be 16-17 years old)
• Students with disability: Aged 15-17 years old (Hearing and visual impaired)

Minimum acceptance criteria:
Please note this is a general guide and some countries may have more strict or flexible criteria, which can be found on the individual country pages.
• Aged between 15-17 on date of departure (some destinations have more specific age limits)
• Still be at school whilst in the application process
• Be in good physical and mental health
• Be open minded, mature and ready for a challenge
• Have maintained at least a B grade average or equivalent at school (some destinations have more higher requirement for academic results)
• Be prepared to continue your schooling in a foreign country, and be committed to learn the language
• Be adaptable, responsible and flexible
• Be a keen learner and experience the world!
• Believe and understand the mission of AFS; become a global citizen by going on one of our programs

Additional questions

  • Living, learning and making friends in another country helps you connect with a world larger than your own.
  • Studying abroad builds confidence and helps you become more comfortable in new and cross-cultural settings—in your home community or across the world.
  • Learning how to become a global citizen will help you understand, define and take your place in the world.
  • Exchange programs provide practical skills and understanding you need to communicate, collaborate and make friends with people from different cultures and backgrounds.
  • Learning another language or strengthening your language skills allows you to see the world through the eyes of others and experience a new culture in a much more personal way.
  • Staying with a host family will help you appreciate perspectives of other people, as well as their cultures, values and traditions.
  • Joining a global community like AFS helps you embrace differences and realize that our world is stronger and more interesting because of them.
  • You’ll build your academic portfolio and CV/resume and stand out from the crowd when you apply to university.
  • New opportunities that can help you discover your path in life will be opened to you

How can I become an AFSer?

You’ve explored AFS programs details. Now you are ready to apply! Here’s what to expect on your intercultural journey with AFS.

How can I become an AFSer?

The most important decision I have ever made

Going abroad with AFS in 2002-2003 to Seville, Spain, was without a doubt the most important decision I have ever made. It is now 13 years later and that year has shaped my whole life, and the person I am today. In retrospect, I don’t know how I had the guts to do it (at the time, I don’t remember even being nervous!) but cannot imagine how much I would have missed out on if I had not studied abroad. I went to France for another year abroad later, in college, but it didn’t shape my life nearly as much as my high school year abroad.

– Anna Stieg, AFS Student from USA to Spain