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Open up your world to new possibilities

AFS intercultural adventures transform your life forever! We call it the #AFSeffect
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Become global

Live with a new family in another country. Enjoy different traditions. Take time to appreciate, value and deepen your insights about other perspectives, cultures, religions and important world issues.

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Become change

Open your mind to a new way to view the world and help others see the world the way you experience it. Build bridges across cultures by creating friendships that will last a lifetime.

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Become fluent

Go to a new school, learn a new language and find ways to connect with people from other cultures and backgrounds–skills that you’ll take back home and use for a lifetime.

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Become yourself

Discover new things about yourself and your place in the world. Learn how to turn challenging situations into valuable opportunities to grow and become more mature.

It's not a year in your life, it's a life in a year.

“AFS has not only helped me learn about different cultures but it has also made me learn about and brought close to my own culture which no other organisation would have been able to do so effectively.”

—Deepak Solanki, AFS  Returnee

How can I become an AFSer?

You’ve explored AFS programs online or met us in person. Now you are ready to apply! Here's what to expect on your intercultural journey with AFS:
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Find a program and start applying

Our application is thorough. But knowing some key things about you will help make your AFS experience amazing. If you’re stuck just give us a call.

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You’ve been selected!

Not everyone becomes an AFS student. Your application, interviews and recommendations tell us how ready you are for an international student exchange. Now the fun begins!

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Attend your AFS Orientation Session

AFS orientation sessions (before, during and after your program) help you navigate personal and cultural growth opportunities while you’re abroad.

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Jump on plane and meet the world

Dedicated AFS volunteers, host families, and staff are prepared to make your AFS experience an intercultural learning adventure you’ll never forget. 

Frequently Asked Questions for Students

AFS is an international, voluntary, non-governmental, non-profit organization that provides international and intercultural learning and education through diverse exchange programs among the youth of 53 different countries from all over the world. It provides youngsters with an opportunity to not only stay and study abroad, but also to develop the knowledge, skills and understanding needed to become global citizens, address global issues and help create a more just and peaceful world.

Scholarships & Discounts

AFS India is committed to helping young people to go abroad regardless of their financial situation. That’s why we work with corporate and community sponsors to help finance AFS programs through full and partial scholarships.

Get in touch with us to know more about scholarships available.

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how to get your parents to say yes!

Information for parents

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 with practical skills and knowledge valued by universities and employers—and needed to succeed in a global world. AFS programs help young people learn about a world beyond their own communities—and become comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures.

Read why AFS is the right choice

Frequently Asked Questions for Parents

In order for your child to fully realize this opportunity and grow as a cultural ambassador and young leader, the family needs to support his/her growth during the year to come. This will be done by maintaining the least possible communication with him/ her in the year ahead, so that they can maximize their growth in the new environment and with the new people. Also, AFS will share several handouts with you that will demonstrate the intercultural learning and adjustment cycle that your child will be going, so that you are aware of his growth and development.

Learn while exploring a whole new world

AFS helps you turn every experience into a true learning moment. Our volunteers and staff will guide you through the AFS Student Learning Journey—with a curriculum developed by knowledgeable AFS educators and other intercultural experts from around the world. Orientation sessions and monthly meetings with trained support volunteers will help you make the most out of your exchange—and prepare you for a lifetime of cultural encounters. 

How AFS prepares you for your experience

Go AFSNext—programs designed for young adults, professionals and teachers

The next generation of AFS international study, volunteer and internship programs offers adults exceptional opportunities to achieve your global ambitions.  Stimulating AFSNext experiences provide adults of all ages with a clear advantage in many ways and every profession—at home and around the world.

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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study

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The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program is an innovative high school exchange program funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. This public diplomacy initiative builds bridges of international understanding, especially between Americans and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.

The YES Program evolved out of a generalized recognition that public diplomacy efforts had been neglected in many countries around the world for many years and that the effects of this came into stark focus in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001.

AFS took a lead in rallying the exchange community and the Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau of the U.S. Department of State to approach Congress with a coherent plan for support of meaningful opportunities for youth exchange as a key component of renewed commitment to building bridges between citizens of the U.S. and countries around the world, particularly those with large Muslim populations.

The program officially launched in India in 2005 in hopes to expand communication between the people of the United States and India in order to promote mutual understanding and respect. Since then, over 430 Indian students have completed the YES program and now participate as alumni.

The YES program is administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of non-profit organizations led by American Councils for International Education. In India, AFS USA manages the YES program in partnership with the local U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Office.

Download brochures in English, Hindi& Urdu.

Visit YES Website.

Looking for more information on YES Programs, please contact Sonam Luthra at sonam.luthra@afs.org or Suraj Sharma at suraj.sharma@afs.org or Ujwal Singh at ujwal.singh@afs.org

YES students  reflect a wide range of socioeconomic, cultural, and religious affiliations within their countries, including people with disabilities.  YES participants are selected through an open, merit-based selection process in each country.

YES scholars are selected based on a variety of indicators, including an evaluation of their personal qualities, such as adaptability, leadership potential, and motivation for an intercultural experience. Recruiting organizations attempt to reach a wide audience within each country, embracing all of the ethnic, geographic, and socioeconomic diversity within the target countries.