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YFU Awards $1.6 Million in Study Abroad Scholarships Annually

Education happens inside and outside of the classroom. When your students study abroad, they gain a better understanding of why people act and think the way they do. When an exchange student is welcomed into your classroom, your students learn about a whole new culture, in a whole new way. They learn that there’s more to the story than what they watch on the news and read in their books. Help your students make the world their home and introduce them to global opportunities.

Do you know a student who would be a great candidate for a YFU program?

Today's high school students need a global education to compete in our increasingly multicultural, interconnected and fast-changing society.

Global exchange experience will dramatically improve your students’ success in multiple fields including social studies, healthcare, business, law, engineering and foreign languages. YFU is an intercultural exchange program that offers high school students the opportunity to explore another country and culture while mastering a new language. Through YFU, young people acquire a passion for life-long learning, as well as the skills and knowledge to thrive and contribute to cultural diversity. International students studying at your school bring other cultures directly into your classroom and community. They help you and those around you learn about other people, places and perspectives. When you welcome a YFU exchange student into your school, your students will gain an international perspective that could never be found in a textbook.

Schools are an essential part of the YFU experience and serve as a major venue for learning – both inside and outside the classroom – for students participating in international cultural exchange. Whether one of your students is studying abroad or you are hosting an exchange student, your school benefits, too.

What students get out of a global exchange is unique to them. They may:

  • Discover and develop personal strengths
  • Gain a new global perspective
  • Increase proficiency in another language
  • Meet remarkable people and build lifelong friendships
  • Learn how to interact with people from different backgrounds
  • Qualify for preferred college admissions
  • Enhance global career opportunities
  • Help to combat stereotypes and enhance appreciation of diversity through exposure to "in-person" narratives.


YFU helps provide opportunities for students by working in partnership with governments, corporations, foundations, schools and educators worldwide. Through creating global learning opportunities, YFU is a catalyst for positive global change and tremendous personal growth. As such, we have been selected to administer more government and corporate scholarships than any other high school exchange organization.

YFU awards more than 250 scholarships each year high school students who want to study abroad in Asia, Europe, South America and Africa. In addition to YFU's robust scholarship program we offer 100+ intercultural exchange programs to over 40 countries for high students, gap year (young adult 18-26) and adults.

Explore the many YFU opportunities available to you and your students. 

High School Study Abroad       Scholarship Programs    Gap/Internship/Volunteer    Adult Study Tours

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Thank you for your interest in YFU programs. For more information please call the Admissions team at 1.800.TEENAGE (1.800.833.6243) or email

Youth For Understanding USA is proud to consistently receive Full Listing in all three J-1 CSIET listing categories: Inbound Long-term, Outbound Long-term and Short-term Inbound/Outbound programs. This achievement reflects YFU’s global commitment to quality and consistent application of CSIET standards throughout the international YFU network.