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Explore Russian culture by spending a year in a host family and studying in a Russian school. You will be impressed by the diversity you will find within this country.

We look forward to welcoming participants from all countries to Russia for this school program with a host family. Exchange students are hosted in different areas of European part of Russia. Every chapter has its own volunteer network and plan of activities. Every mandatory and optional activity could be organized differently from town to town, from year to year. AFS students hosted in Russia are mostly placed in smaller towns as they are safer and offer a chance for the best possible experience. Moreover, they will be in a frequent contact with AFS volunteers,who are mostly school teachers.

Language Level needed upon arrival: Basic English
A good basic knowledge of English is highly recommended, but it is expected from the participants to be dedicated to learn Russian.

Eligibility Requirements

Applications are open for participants who are currently attending the third grade of secondary school or the first or second grade in high school (born approximately in 2003-06 and will be in high school in the 2021-22 academic year). Applicants must complete the pre-application form, which is in English, by January 31, 2021, and then participate in a selection video call or home visit in February (full details will be provided to applicants).

What's included in your experience

  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • School Placement
  • Individual Contact Person
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Language Instruction
  • Assistance with Application Process
  • Visa Application Assistance
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Re-entry Orientation
  • Continuous Support
  • Worldwide Presence
  • 70 Years Experience

What you are responsible for

  • Vaccinations