AFS Year High School Abroad in Portugal

Video and Photos

This is my family and I on christmas. My little siblings were starring in the annual christmas play in my family.
This picture was taken in the 'sixth week orientation camp'. We stayed all together in one place for a weekend to share our experience so far. This camp is where we got to know most of the other exchange students.
I met my best friends who were also doing an exchange year in Portugal. They are from Denmark and the Unites States.

About

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.

Scholarships

AFS-USA Scholarships
AFS-USA Grants & Scholarships

The opportunity to study abroad should be available to everyone, regardless of their financial means. Annually, we award scholarships to about half of our study abroad students.

Value
$1,000 - $5,000

Questions & Answers

Reviews

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based on 3 reviews
  • Growth 9.3
  • Support 8.3
  • Fun 8.3
  • Housing 10
  • Safety 9.7
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Nicolas
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The best year of my life in Portugal

No exchange is perfect, I had my problems throughout the program but these problems where the ones that help you grow as a person and make you more independent. On the first day of this journey I made life long friends with people I only spent 4-6 days with. You will meet amazing people and was the year that I discovered my true self. Everyday I miss the wonderful places and people I met Saudades

What would you improve about this program?
Maybe the standard for host families should be higher
Hildur Dóróthea
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

The Best Year Of My Life So Far

I was an exchange student in Portugal for 10 months. It was the best year of my life so far. Now I have great friends from all around the world and a family in portugal. I learned how to speak a new language and it's indescribable how great it feels when you are just starting to speak a new language and being able to hold up a conversation. The best thing about my year in Portugal is that now I have a family, other than my own here in Iceland, that care about me and i call it my other home.

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Emi
10/10
Yes, I recommend this program

Life-changing experience

I was skeptical at first about leaving my life here in the United States for a whole year because this daily routine was all I knew. I didn’t know anything about life outside of my little town. The moment my airplane touched down onto Portuguese land and I looked outside the window to see the beautiful land covered with palm trees and other leafy plants, tears streamed down my face because I knew that I had arrived to my new home and new life. Life had never seemed so precious to me than it had during my stay in Portugal. Being able to see for the first time that there is more to life than routines was life changing. Finally being able to really witness that there is no limit to what I can do in life changed me. I began to appreciate all the little details for what they were really worth. All the nights that I would climb up to the top of my roof at night and stare up into the starry sky and all the days that I would wake up at 5 in the morning just to go for a walk through the hills of my village shaped me to be who I am today.

What would you improve about this program?
To have my liaison work with me more while I was there. I only met him once the entire time I was there and then the day before I left he called to apologize about not being more involved.