Student Exchange with AFICE

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.


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.

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

AFICE has been accepted for listing by CSIET, the Council on Standards for International Educational Travel. 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 to the right or email us through our contact page and one of our Community Representatives will contact you to begin the hosting process.

7242 La Jolla Boulevard
La Jolla, CA 92037
Telephone (858) 455-0302
FAX (858) 455-0335


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.

Click here to donate with your American Express card.

* Terms and Conditions for the Membership Rewards program apply. Visit for more information. Participating partners and available rewards are subject to change without notice. Bonus Points: To be eligible to earn bonus points, you must be enrolled in the Membership Rewards program at the time of purchase and you must charge your purchase on an eligible, enrolled American Express Card. Bonus points will be credited to your Membership Rewards account 6-8 weeks after your first purchase appears on your monthly billing statement. 50,000 maximum bonus points per account. Bonus ID 0549
Please note: American Express will deduct a transaction fee of 2.25% from your donation to cover processing costs. The charities will receive your donation amount, minus the 2.25% American Express processing fee, from our partner JustGive. This transaction fee is similar to or less than the processing fee the charity would pay if you were to charge your donation with your American Express Card through any other means (i.e., over the phone to the charity, through the charity's website, etc.). You will not be charged any additional fees for using the American Express Donation Site and your dollar donations are tax deductible to the extent allowed by law.

For further information on becoming a Host Family or exchange student in the AFICE Program, please use our contact page.
If you are interested in becoming a Community Representative for AFICE, please visit our Community Representative Opportunities page.
For new overseas partnerships, please use our contact page.
For other matters, including office inquiries and counseling matters,
please contact our main office directly via phone or fax:
Phone:(858)455−0302. Fax: (858)455−0335

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Last update: August 7, 2013(g)