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AYA Newsletter

April 2018



  • Choose Your Student Now – Our August 2018 Students are Here!
  • Who are AYA Foreign Exchange Students?
  • What to Expect as an AYA Host Family
  • What is YES?
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Contact Julia at (800) 322-4678 or email her at julia@aifs.org to learn more about Academic Year in America.

Ask us about our short-term Welcome Program!

Check out our great students arriving in August – new profiles posted daily!

AYA is currently accepting host family applications for the 2018/19 academic year!

Families who choose their students early report increased benefits:

  • More time to get to know and bond with their future student
  • Peace of mind knowing their school still has enrollment slots available for exchange students
  • Something to look forward to all year
  • Fewer adjustment issues upon arrival

Want to host but can't commit to a full year? Ask about our half-year students or our "Welcome Family" program!

Log in to view available students arriving this August for our fall semester!

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Who are AYA Foreign Exchange Students?

Each year, nearly 1,000 young people come to the United States on the Academic Year in America program.

  • 3 years of English: AYA students have solid academic records with at least 3 years of English study.
  • 15 - 18 years old: High school students between the ages of 15 and 18 visit the U.S. on the AYA program.
  • Mature Students: AYA accepts only those students who show the maturity and desire for this special experience.
  • AYA Students come from more than 50 countries
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What to Expect as an AYA Host Family

There is nothing quite like the excitement of meeting a foreign exchange student who is about to become a part of your household! You become surrogate parents and gain a “new” son or daughter when you participate in cultural exchange through hosting with AYA.

Expectant host families have so many heartwarming and enriching memories and experiences to look forward to.

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What is YES?

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program provides scholarships for high school students (ages 15-18) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the United States. The Kennedy-Lugar YES Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, was established by Congress in response to the events of September 11, 2001.

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