COVID -19 and what it means for NZ students going on an overseas exchange

AFS was founded in 1947 out of a response to a global crisis by World War I and II American Field Service Ambulance Drivers. Responding quickly and with care in times of great need is in our DNA. AFSers are made for times like these.

We are still accepting applications from students wanting to go on an overseas exchange, but some destinations may not be available. AFS NZ will reserve the right to cancel a programme if Covid-19 cases in a country are deemed out of control.

Email us at info-n[email protected] to sign up for a Zoom information session now.


“Life-changing” is hard to describe, yet it’s nearly always the first thing that AFSers say when asked about their experience abroad. “Transformed” is another one.

When you return home from studying abroad, you’ll bring with you a sense of accomplishment unlike any other. You’ll have gained maturity and independence, discovered new passions, and developed the confidence and resilience to accomplish anything you set out to do.

That transformation isn’t only visible to you, though – others see it as well. AFSers gain critical skills for university and careers. Second language fluency, intercultural competence, creativity, and critical reasoning will help you succeed, whatever path you take. “Life-changing” means it’s only the beginning.

It’s not just an adventure abroad; it’s a whole new reality. The perspectives and personal connections you gained will stay with you and likely draw you back to the second home you found in your host country.

In fact, our alumni reviews have made AFS one of the top-rated organizations in the study abroad industry.

AFS provides a wrap around service

Applications are open 365 days a year. The earlier you apply, the more likely it is we can confirm your country of choice.

All AFS exchange students complete a comprehensive orientation programme. AFS has an extensive networks of people on the ground in every host country. They help students settle into the new country, and deal with any issues that might arise.

The AFS international office has plans in place to assist you in the unlikely event of a major international emergency.