An AIFS Foundation Program

Private School Advantage (PSA)

PSA is a program of the AIFS Foundation whose mission is to promote worldwide understanding through cultural exchange.

PSA provides support services to American High School Sponsors and International Students participating on F-1 programs across the U.S.

Studying in the U.S. is a valuable experience for both international students and the high schools they attend. However, transitioning to an American high school can be daunting for students and faculty.

Partnering with PSA:

  • helps students maximize their academic success
  • expedites their adjustment at school
  • provides your counselors and teachers with an additional outlet for support

Upon arrival, students will benefit from support and counseling from trained professionals who can help them navigate through culture shock, understand the American educational system and provide support services outside of the school administration.

Students will benefit from regular contact with a PSA coordinator who can help them identify and overcome cultural/adjustment issues that may otherwise hinder their progress.

PSA can also work directly with host families, who will find peace of mind in knowing that support is available at any time during the hosting experience.

PSA invites high schools like yours to partner with us to ensure that your students and faculty have a rewarding experience.

PSA provides support services to American High School Sponsors and
International Students participating on F-1 programs across the U.S.

Learn more about how we can help your school. Contact us today:

(800) 322-4678



PSA offers services that allow your students and staff to focus on the life changing experience of cultural exchange, not the logistics.

Why Choose Private School Advantage (PSA)

Safety & Security

  • Comprehensive host family screening services
    • background check
    • interviews
    • reference check
    • application
  • Optional Comprehensive Medical Insurance package for students

Cultural & Transitional
Facilitation

  • Student and host family orientations
  • Counseling and support on culture shock, homesickness and acclimating to the American school system
  • Assistance with conflict resolution and host family changes

Support

  • Student and host family orientations
  • Counseling and support on culture shock, homesickness and acclimating to the American school system
  • Assistance with conflict resolution and host family changes

For High Schools

PSA provides counselors and teachers with an additional outlet for support. Partnering with PSA ensures that your students maximize their academic success and expedite their adjustment at school.

For Students

Our trained PSA counselors will assist students in navigating through cultural and language adjustments, acclimating to the American educational system, and communicating with their host families.

“I love my host family because they made this year the best experience for me and I do not feel like I only found a family for a year, more like a second family for a lifetime.”

—Former AYA Host Family