AFS Intercultural Programs (formerly the American Field
Service) is a worldwide, nonprofit organization that has been a leader in high
school student exchange for 60 years. Today, AFS
exchanges close to 13,000 students, young adults and teachers each year among a
partnership of more than 50 AFS Partner Countries. The
US component, AFS-USA, sends more than 1,500 students to more than 40 countries
each year and places more than 2,800 students from abroad with U.S. families
high school study abroad academic year offerings as of 2/13/09:
Costa Rica $8,900
Czech Republic $8,900
Dominican Republic $8,900
Belgium Flanders $9,900
Brazil $9,900 China $9,900
Denmark $9,900 Finland $9,900 Germany $9,900
South Africa $9,900
Belgium French $10,900
Nrew Zealand $10,900
What AFS Tuition Covers:
- Round-trip international travel with your AFS Group to your host country from the U.S. departure city. Depending on your host country, your departure city will be New York; Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; or Miami.
- Placement with a carefully selected host family who provides room, board, and guidance (for programs that include homestay).
- Orientations prior to departure and after your 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 or more, depending on the program.
- Transportation to orientations within your host country and to your host family.
- Tuition waiver from your host school. Your host family will also provide a way for you to get to school each day. For programs that don’t include school, refer to the program description for other covered activities.
- Secondary medical insurance.
- Visa information and assistance.
- Access to a support network that includes AFS Professional Staff in the U.S. and your host country, plus thousands of trained volunteers worldwide.
- 24-hour emergency assistance.
What Students Are Responsible For:
- Domestic travel to and from your hometown to the U.S. departure city.
- Visa and passport fees as well as travel costs for an in-person appearance at a consulate or embassy within the United States, if required by your host country’s student visa application process. Visa-related costs vary by country, but we suggest you budget $300 to $1,000.
- Spending money for personal expenses, such as gifts, long-distance calls, sundry items, going out with friends, pocket money, etc. Depending on your host country, AFS recommends you plan on about $100-$300 per month.