Program Details

AFS offers year long academic programs to destinations throughout Switzerland. AFS is currently offering hundreds of scholarships for students flexible with their country choice and ready for an adventure.

Switzerland is a small, polished gem of a
Location:
Bern, Switzerland
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Term:
Academic Year, Fall Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:
AFS (formerly the American Field Service) is a leader in intercultural learning and offers international exchange programs in more than 40 countries around the world. We've been exchanging students throughout the world for 60 years. That is six decades of history and experience in international education with an exemplary record of safety, security, and service to students, parents, and educators.

AFS Mission: AFS-USA works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.

AFS offers year long academic programs to destinations throughout Switzerland. AFS is currently offering hundreds of scholarships for students flexible with their country choice and ready for an adventure.

Switzerland is a small, polished gem of a country, with mountains, forests, lakes, and modern cities like Zurich and Geneva. While there are three common languages-German (70 percent), French (20 percent), and Italian (10 percent)-you will probably live with a German-speaking host family...

Colleges recommend high school study abroad experiences - as these programs provide the opportunity to develop confidence and self-reliance before pursuing higher education. In addition, after exploring the world you may have a clearer vision of what you'd like to study in college. As a result, you may spend less time switching majors, which means you'll save time and money. An exchange program also boosts college applications and gives you an immediate advantage when applying for scholarships.

Plus, the language skills you develop on an AFS program might exempt you from required language courses, thus enabling you to finish college sooner. Some students have received as much as 18 hours language credit-almost enough to provide a minor in language and a huge financial savings when you figure the cost of credits.
Setting Description:
Switzerland is said to have one of the world's best education systems, and most students go to public schools by public transportation (bus or train). Family life is important to the Swiss and you'll spend a good amount of time with your host family, taking trips to nearby natural resorts, as well as having healthy meals together, since personal health is imperative to the Swiss. You'll discover a love for the outdoors in this country; the Swiss love to go hiking, skiing, and bicycling.

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