The Academic Year in America (AYA) Program of the American Institute for Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation provides an exciting opportunity to engage in cultural exchange. AYA broadens international horizons by bringing foreign students to the United States to live with American families and attend high school. Although there are other high school exchange organizations, we would like you to know why we believe families should choose AYA.
Unlike some organizations, AYA allows you the opportunity to choose a carefully screened student who will best fit your family.
Build a bridge with another culture and start a lifelong friendship with the student and his/her family. Meet new people in your community: your Local Coordinator, teachers and other Host Families.
AYA maintains a national network of well-trained Local Coordinators, one of whom will be close by to work with you and your student throughout the semester or year.
Hosting a student from a foreign country is an opportunity to enrich your life! Each year, hundreds of American families choose to host a teenager from another country to:
When you host a student from another country, you’ll be surprised by how much you will learn about yourself, your family, your community and the wonderful world around you!
We get out in the community with the students a lot and we are more involved and active - most people are very interested in the students, their countries, what we are doing and why!—Tyler, host brother age 14