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February 2019



  • Check out our great students arriving in 2019 – new students posted daily!
  • Top Things AYA Exchange Students Love About Their Host Families
  • What is the FLEX Program?
  • Host Family FAQs!
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Contact us at (800) 322-4678 or email ashley@aifs.org to learn more about Academic Year in America.

Check out our great students arriving in 2019! New students posted daily!

Welcome an international high school student into your home this fall! AYA is currently accepting host family applications for the 2019/2020 academic year.

Choosing a student now has many benefits:

  • Start building a relationship with your student early on
  • Get students enrolled in school before slots fill up
  • Have something to look forward to all year!

Contact our office today or log in to view available students arriving in 2019!

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Top Things AYA Exchange Students Love About Their Host Families

The relationships between Academic Year in America (AYA) exchange students and host families are filled with love. Not only do host families learn life-changing lessons by hosting exchange students, but they also create life-long bonds. It’s the perfect time of year to share some of that love with you.

A few AYA exchange students shared what they love the most about their host families in heartwarming “love-notes.”

“The thing I love most about my host family is my host siblings because they make me feel like I’m home..."

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What is the FLEX Program?

The FLEX Program (Future Leaders Exchange) is funded by Congress and administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program’s goal is to provide an opportunity for high school students from Europe and Eurasia to experience life in the United States to promote mutual understanding.

FLEX students live with host families, attend school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. The program places special emphasis on leadership skills and seeks ways for participants to develop these skills during the school year.

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Host Family FAQs!

Are AYA students allowed to participate in after-school activities? Are they allowed to drive? Find out the answers to common host family questions like these  by visiting our Host Family FAQs page!

How do I get accepted as a host family?
After you agree to host, you will complete a Host Family Application, which includes a high school profile, a community profile and a criminal background check release form. Along with the application we ask that you provide two references. You will also have an in-home interview.

Do I get to choose my student?
Yes, you can choose your student from many different countries and profiles. You have the choice of hosting a boy or girl...

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