The AIFS Foundation and the Academic Year in America Program
The American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation is an independent, not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) charity that was established in 1967 with the assistance of the late Senator Robert Kennedy to help young people from many nations and diverse cultures understand each other better. The AIFS Foundation provides grants and scholarships to students for participation in study abroad programs and provides grants to high schools and institutions to encourage international and educational travel.
The AIFS Foundation’s Academic Year in America (AYA) program is one of the nation’s most respected cross-cultural educational exchange programs. AYA is an exciting program that gives international students ages 15 to 18 the opportunity to experience our culture by living with an American family and attending an American high school. Since it’s founding, AYA has enabled over 30,000 international students to come to the U.S. and experience the American way of life.
On the basis of materials submitted and reviewed, the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel grants full listing to Academic Year in America in the 2011-2012 Advisory List. The CSIET certification mark certifies that this organization complies with the standards set forth in the CSIET Standards for International Educational Travel Programs.
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When I went the first day to school it was confusing, but mostly I was just amazed by the size of my school...The school even has its own stadium while schools in Germany don't even have their own teams. It was really interesting to experience what I had only seen on TV, actual school pride. Students, and people from town, would come and watch and cheer for the home team. I still learn something new every day and almost everything I do is an adventure.
Yannick from Germany