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Globalize Your Campus

Whether you are looking to develop a long-term recruitment strategy or simply seeking to diversify your population of international students, Academic Year in America (AYA) has the solution. A program of the American Institute For Foreign Study Foundation, an independent, not-for-profit charity, AYA has brought the opportunity to study in the United States to 30,000 students through our homestay program over the last several decades.

We are pleased to bring this opportunity to international students who wish to attend a public school in the United States. Students recruited through the AYA network are the best young “ambassadors” of their countries and are accepted into the AYA program after careful review of their applications, which must demonstrate the requisite maturity and desire for this unique experience.

If your public school is interested in recruiting international students of this caliber, contact AYA today.

We are pleased to bring this opportunity to international students who wish to attend a private or independent school in the United States. AYA students are in some cases fully tuition-funded, in other cases may require discounted tuition. Students recruited through the AYA network are the best young “ambassadors” of their countries and are accepted into the AYA program after careful review of their applications, which must demonstrate the requisite maturity and desire for this unique experience.

If your institution is interested in recruiting international students of this caliber, contact AYA today.

AYA students help intercultural learning come to life. Classroom discussions are richer and more engaging when shaped by different cultural perspectives. Language classes benefit when native speakers contribute linguistic and cultural knowledge, and world events take on new significance when personal relationships influence opinions.

AYA students:

  • Are ages 15-18
  • Arrive with their own spending money and medical insurance
  • Have studied English for at least three years
  • Have solid academic records
  • Are sponsored through AYA on a J-1 Visa
  • Hail from a wide range of countries, including Brazil, Germany and China

These students will reside with an American host family during the academic year, and AYA will work in cooperation with your institution to identify families that are part of your community who may wish to host a student. Our own host family network spans all fifty states, so we may already have a qualified family in your area.

Email: aya.info@aifs.org
Phone: 203-399-5417

AYA Host School Video

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