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Welcome to Academic Year in America!

Academic Year in America (AYA) brings high school students from around the world to the U.S. to live with American families and attend local high schools for a semester or academic year.

AYA needs your help! You can make a difference and help bring the world together by hosting a foreign exchange student.

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Hosting a Foreign Exchange Student

When you become an AYA host family, you will:

  • create memories and build lifelong friendships
  • enrich your entire family as you learn about the culture of your new ’son’ or ‘daughter'
  • become an American ambassador, sharing the U.S. culture

Warm your heart and home by hosting an international exchange student!

An exciting opportunity to engage in cultural exchange.

 Choice ...

Choose a carefully screened student
that best fits your family.

  Trust ...

AYA has brought more than 30,000 international
students to the U.S. since 1981.

  Friendship ...

Build a bridge with another culture and start a lifelong friendship with an exchange student.

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A program of the AIFS Foundation

By hosting an exchange student, it has given me the power to help with bridging the gap between our culture and others. It may seem small, but it has taught me that even just one person can make a difference.

-Host Family