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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

6/2017 - Press Release - Ten American High Schools Awarded Grants for Cultural Programs
AIFS Foundation Supports International Exchange and Cultural Education

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

2/2013 - Press Release - AIFS Foundation and The Institute of International Education
New IIE Book Explores Changes in Latin American Higher Ed

11/2012 - Press Release - AIFS
Embrace the Spirit of Giving this Holiday Season With AYA

News Articles

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)

07/2013 - News - Academic Year in America
Exchange Students in Need of Homes (from the Beloit Daily News, Beloit, WI)

01/2013 - News - Academic Year in America
Waunakee Tribune Profile: Anke Ackermann (AYA student)

11/2012 - News - Academic Year in America
Moline Area Families Can Make an Olympic-sized Difference (from The Dispatch, Illinois)

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