Experience the World . . . at Home!

Host an International Exchange Student with AYA

Bring the World to You

What if someone told you there was a way to contribute to world peace, expose your family to a new culture and make someone's dream come true without ever leaving your home? You can!

Each year Academic Year in America (AYA) offers this opportunity to American families by bringing 1,000 high school exchange students to the U.S. from over 30 different countries including Germany, Thailand, China, and Brazil.

These highly screened students come to the U.S. with strong English skills and the hopes of becoming part of an American family -- your family! Build a relationship with an enthusiastic student who will become like a son or daughter to you.

Hosting is a rich and rewarding experience for all kinds of families. What begins as an exchange of kindness, customs, and culture within a family extends throughout a high school and community to touch thousands of lives!

Host families provide room and board in a caring home and choose a student that best fits their family. Students have their own medical insurance and spending money.

Open your mind, expand your horizons, and transform the world . . .one person at a time.

Why Host an Exchange Student?

To bring the world together, promote intercultural understanding and gain a global perspective.
There's no better way to learn about world peace than to become an International Family!

From Host Families:
"You change their life and they change yours."
"Hosting is an invitation to expand your life & the lives of your family, friends, and community."
"The exchange experience has made a positive impact that will last a lifetime for all of us."
"We learned that laughter is universal. We had so much fun!"

Empty Nest Syndrome Hits U.S. Families

It could be a match made in heaven... This Fall millions of teens will depart their childhood homes to go off to college leaving their parents with empty rooms and idle hours. For a teen, going away to college means a new life in a new place with new people. It also means leaving parents behind with a feeling of loss and sadness known as Empty Nest Syndrome.

Empty Nest Syndrome refers to the feelings of depression, sadness, or grief experienced by parents and caregivers after one or more of their children come of age and leave home. Some parents deceive themselves by believing that they'll relish the peace and quiet sure to be left in their teen's wake only to find that the enjoyment has faded within a month, leaving them with a sense of emptiness and boredom.

Yet across the world, there is a teenager who is about to courageously embark on a trip to the United States that he or she has been dreaming about since childhood. That student's dream will not become a reality, however, without an American family's love and support. Very simply, that student needs a bed, a place to study and two meals a day, but most importantly, that student needs someone to welcome them into their home as if they were a son or daughter.

Fill the void of an empty nest by opening your home and heart to an Academic Year in America (AYA) international exchange student this August.

About Us

Our Mission:
To promote worldwide understanding through cultural exchange.

Academic Year in America (AYA) is sponsored by the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation, a not-for-profit organization founded in 1967 with the assistance of the late Senator Robert F. Kennedy.

For more information please contact our Local Coordinator:
Courtney Fraley