The Institute of International Education (IIE) and the American Institute For Foreign Study (AIFS) Foundation, sponsor of the Academic Year in America program, have released a white paper that shares the changing landscape of international secondary school students who attended a high school in the U.S. between 2013 and 2019.
In “Studying for the Future: International Secondary Students in the United States,” the AIFS Foundation case study brings to life the impact of an exchange experience for international teens who come to the U.S. on a J‐1 or F‐1 visa and attend high school while either living with a host family or in a boarding school. For both groups, this experience is impactful and drives them to consider and fulfill the dream of studying in the United States at the university level.
The case study highlights the results of an alumni survey, including student motivations for participating in AYA, the skills and attributes students gained while on the program, and their academic and professional trajectories post‐program. Finally, it also brings together information presented in these first two sections to discuss possible implications for higher education.
Download a PDF copy of Studying for the Future: International Secondary Students in the United States