Individual high school student exchange

Interkultura organizes programs for students aged 15-18 to go abroad on an AFS exchange and Serbian families to host exchange students who come to Serbia. Exchange students live in host families, go to local schools in the local language and become members of the local community. Interkultura and partner AFS organizations provide selection, preparation and support for programme participants.

AFS is a leading study abroad program for secondary school students, supported and facilitated by trained staff and volunteers. Since 1947, AFS has prepared young people with practical skills and knowledge valued by universities and employers—and needed to succeed in a global world. AFS programs help young people learn about a world beyond their own communities—and become comfortable interacting with people from other countries and cultures.

For specific information about Serbia, read our Welcome booklet or click here.

To apply to come to Serbia, please contact the AFS organisation in your country. You can find your AFS organization on


Interkultura runs two kinds of individual exchange programmes

  1. Year programme - a school year abroad

  2. European Citizenship Trimester Programme

Open up your world to new possibilities

Intercultural adventures with Interkultura will transform your life forever! We call it the #AFSeffect.

Become global

Live with a new family in another country. Enjoy different traditions. Take time to appreciate, value and deepen your insights about other perspectives, cultures, religions and important world issues.


Become change

Open your mind to a new way to view the world and help others see the world the way you experience it. Build bridges across cultures by creating friendships that will last a lifetime.


Become fluent

Go to a new school, learn a new language and find ways to connect with people from other cultures and backgrounds–skills that you’ll take back home and use for a lifetime.


Become yourself

Discover new things about yourself and your place in the world. Learn how to turn challenging situations into valuable opportunities to grow and become more mature.

It's not a year in your life, it's a life in a year.

“There’s definitely a ‘before’ and an ‘after’ my AFS experience in my life. I would have never been who I am right now without AFS. It definitely changed my life.”

—Mela Cabrera, exchange student

Who are host families?

AFS has invited families to welcome international students into their homes since 1947. Long considered a key element in the well being of exchange students, host families provide so much more than shelter and meals.

Supported by dedicated volunteers and staff, host families help students navigate their new schools and communities, make friends, learn the language and enjoy their year abroad. Sharing culture and traditions help families bond, creating lifelong friendships.


As an AFS organization, Interkultura is committed to helping young people to take part in international exchanges regardless of their financial situation. This is especially important in Serbia, because exchange programmes are not accessible to many due to financial contraints. That’s why we work on developing sponsorship schemes to support students through full and partial scholarships.