Host an International Exchange Student!

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Hosting an AYA Exchange Student
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Welcome to Academic Year in America!

Academic Year in America (AYA) brings high school students from around the world to the U.S. to live with American families and attend local high schools for a semester or academic year.

AYA needs your help! You can make a difference and help bring the world together by hosting a foreign exchange student or by becoming an AYA Local Coordinator in your community.

Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

    When you become an AYA host family, you will:

  • create memories and build lifelong friendships
  • enrich your entire family as you learn about the culture of your new ’son’ or ‘daughter'
  • become an American ambassador, sharing the U.S. culture

Become an AYA Local Coordinator in Your Community

    AYA Local Coordinators are women and men who:

  • enjoy working with young people
  • are open-minded
  • believe deeply in the value of cross-cultural exchange

An exciting opportunity to engage in cultural exchange.


Choice ...

Choose a carefully screened student that best fits your family.  


Trust ...

AYA has brought more than 30,000 international students to the U.S. since 1981.  


Friendship ...

Build a bridge with another culture and start a lifelong friendship with an exchange student.