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The Academic Foundation for International Cultural Exchange (AFICE) is a non-profit, tax-exempt, educational foundation giving high school students from many countries around the globe the opportunity to live in the United States as a member of the local community. AFICE's goal is to create bridges of understanding between the peoples of the world by starting at the basic level with personal relationships. AFICE believes that student exchange is a crucial ingredient in the recipe for world peace.

AFICE is designated as a J-1 Visa sponsor program for Secondary Students by the U.S. Department of State, and our J-1 Visa Program has received Full Listing Certification from CSIET for the 2024-2025 Academic Year and Semester. As a J-1 Visa sponsor, AFICE uses SEVIS to issue each approved student participant a DS-2019 form along with the associated SEVIS ID number.

Introducing AFICE's Short Term Programs! AFICE is now offering Short Term (2, 3, 4, and 6 week) programs to students aged 14 to 18. Please visit our Short Term Program page for more information.

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Hosting an AFICE student can be a fabulous and rewarding experience, bringing new and fascinating cultures into your home, and giving you the opportunity to share your culture with someone who is eager to learn what it is like to live in the United States. Hosting an AFICE student means learning, teaching, and above all, forming bonds of friendship and understanding. Hosting an exchange student often means you will find that you have added a wonderful new member to your family.

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recorded a video message discussing the importance of hosting. Please take a moment to view this video.

If you live in the United States and would like to become a Host Family for AFICE, please fill out our online hosting form. You may also telephone us at the number below or email us through our contact page and one of our Community Representatives will contact you to begin the hosting process.

"Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does"

William James

Teen Volunteers

I-20? J-1? VISAS?

Have you been told you need an I-20 form for you (or your son/daughter) to attend school in the US? That may be incorrect information. Please see our brief discussion on the differences between the I-20 and DS-2019 forms and the F-1 and J-1 visa programs with which they are associated.



AFICE is a not-for-profit 501(c)3 charitable foundation. Your generous donations enable AFICE to pursue its mission of promoting international understanding and cultural harmony. To that end, AFICE has teamed with to accept donations online through American Express.


AFICE National Headquarters

7242 La Jolla Blvd
La Jolla, CA 92037

Tel (858) 455-0302

Fax (858) 455-0335

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