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Academic Year in America (AYA) is one of the largest and most respected high school/homestay programs in the United States. Founded in 1981, AYA is well recognized by high schools across the U.S. and endorsed by thousands of American host families. Each year, close to 1,000 young people come to the United States on the Academic Year in America program.

Press Releases

3/2019 - Press Release - Tony Cook Memorial Grant Available for Qualifying High Schools

7/2018 - Press Release - The Foster Family Named Host Family of the Year

5/2018 - Press Release - Ten American High Schools Awarded Grants for Cultural Programs
AIFS Foundation Supports International Exchange and Cultural Education

6/2017 - Press Release - Tony Cook Memorial Grant Awardees Announced
Ten American High Schools Awarded Grants for Cultural Programs

12/2016 - Press Release - International Exchange Students Honor America's Fallen
Academic Year in America students volunteer at annual Wreaths Across America event in Arlington National Cemetery

News Articles

11/2020 – White Paper
Studying for the Future: International Secondary Students in the United States

01/2016 - News - Academic Year in America
Rossville Residents Gain Cultural Perspective Through Interactions With Foreign Exchange Students (from the Topeka Capital Journal, Topeka, KS)

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Begin an exciting opportunity to engage in cultural exchange today!

  • View student profiles
  • Find the perfect fit for your family
  • Receive our Host Family Brochure



Schedule a convenient time to learn more about this amazing experience.

  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
  • Future Leaders Exchange
  • Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange
  • CSIET - Council for Standards on International Educational Travel