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It's Never Too Early - Study Abroad with YFU

Discover Youth For Understanding (YFU)

Youth For Understanding (YFU) cultural exchange opens minds and hearts, enables learning that transforms lives, and ultimately helps to make us better citizens of one world. Founded in 1951 to offer the world a new beginning, healing the devastation of World War II, we have grown into a network of 60-plus partner countries and 12,000 support volunteers worldwide. YFU offers a wide range of opportunities lasting from three weeks to 10 months. 

Begin Exploring The World

YFU programs are for those eager to explore the path less taken, who are open to discovery and the realization that there is more than one way to live a life. For those ready to ask provocative questions of themselves, and who are ready to learn from the inside out.  With YFU you’ll discover a community that believes in advancing intercultural understanding, mutual respect, and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities. Millions of lives have been impacted by YFU and our partner offices in 60+ countries, through the more than 250,000 exchange students, their host families, and volunteers who have benefited from this global learning opportunity.  YFU is the intercultural exchange program for high school students, which allows you to immerse yourself in another culture, learn a new language and meet like-minded individuals who all believe in our mission.

Youth Programs (Ages 15-18)

Choose from a year, semester, summer or specialty program that allows you to immerse yourself in another culture, learn a new language and live with a host family who will open their home and hearts to you. Learn more about YFU Youth programs. 

Gap Programs (Ages 18-26)

Young adults live with a host family, attend a college and/or participate in volunteer or internship programs. It’s the perfect adventure for a young adult ready to make a difference in today’s world. Learn more about YFU Gap/Young Adult Programs.

Explore all your Country and Program options today!

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