Year & Gap: You will most likely attend a private school. AFS students are usually enrolled in the 4th or 5th year of secondary school with students between the ages of 14 and 17. You may be placed anywhere in Portugal. Most students are placed in urban or suburban areas, though AFS has recently started placing more AFSers in rural areas. Rarely are participants placed on the islands of Azores or Madeira. High school in Portugal is called "secondary education" and lasts 3 years: the equivalent of 10th, 11th, and 12th grades. You will be placed in a public secondary school with classmates your age. Based on your interests and academic achievements back home, you will be placed on one of the following subject tracks: sciences & technologies, socio-economic sciences, social and human sciences, languages & literature, or visual arts.