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Once your application is submitted, you will be contacted by a YFU representative. Application completion does not confirm or obligate you to a YFU program. If you would like more information before applying, connect with us via phone, email, or inquiry form.

For Applicants

Currently IN THE USA

Host Family Applicants

We look forward to helping you welcome a YFU student. It's an educational experience that will benefit your family long after your exchange son or daughter returns home! We recommend allowing up to one hour to complete your Host Family Application. It will take even less time if you have the complete contact information for your references on hand.  Ultimately, if you welcome an exchange student home this login will also give you access to your YFU Hosting Account. 

Preview the hosting application step-by-step process here.  If you have hosted before, please login above an update your application. 

Volunteer Applicants

If you enjoy working with young people and families and want to make a difference in your community and the world, apply to volunteer with YFU. We welcome people of all backgrounds to work with us. YFU provides the tools and training; you provide the time, commitment and compassion. Allow approximately twenty minutes to complete your Volunteer Application, and be sure to tell us about your skills and areas of interest. It will take even less time if you have the complete contact information for your references on hand. We look forward to helping you join the global community of YFU volunteers! 

Study Abroad Youth and Young Adult (GAP) Applicants

Choose a program and country, and decide whether you will apply for a scholarship. Register above to create a YFU account, where you can save and access your application at any time. After submitting your application a YFU representative will contact you for an in-person interview. Admissions Counselors are available to discuss your options and work with you to choose a program where you will discover something new about culture, language, art, music, literature, religion, politics – and, most importantly, yourself.Classroom Excursions Abroad

Through the International Adventures program, YFU offers customized 2-3 week excursions for youth groups and classmates.  Students and teachers live with a host family while engaging in workshops and immersing in another culture. Contact the YFU Admissions Department at or 800.833.6243 to build your dream classroom program, including selecting a destination, finding host families, booking flights, arranging activities and more.  


For Applicants


YFU High School Cultural Exchange Applicants

For 65 years, YFU has provided high school students a life-changing opportunity to explore the US. As a semester or academic year student, you will learn not only academic subjects, but about American culture, friendship, social life, and extracurricular activities, all while perfecting your English! As a YFU exchange student, you'll go to high school, become a member of a caring host family, and learn about the United States as a resident, not a tourist. To learn more about the program and apply, please visit YFU in your country (link).

Education Select F1 Visa High School Program Applicants

YFU’s F1 Visa High School Program offers students academic benefits that may not be available via the traditional J-1 tract such as access to Advanced Placement (AP) or college level coursework, an American High School diploma, and the option to attend for more than one year. While many commercial providers can get your son or daughter into a school of their choice, YFU goes steps beyond, and brings the care, and well-being of your son or daughter to the forefront of the exchange experience. This is an excellent option if there is no YFU office in your home country or if you wish to extend your study beyond one year. Start your Academic F-1 application above, contact or call at 800.833.6243 to learn more! 

Community College Applicants

Candidates applying to the Community College Program should be between 17 and 23 years of age at the time of arrival and demonstrate pride in their culture and respect for cultural diversity. Applicants are required to take an English as a Foreign Language test (TOEFL or CELT) to demonstrate English language level. Contact the YFU office nearest your home country for a full list of application materials, costs, and other information about the program.

Short Term Program Applicants

YFU offers a number of two week language and culture programs for students interesting in exploring short-term study abroad opportunities.  If you are a student, please contact the nearest YFU office to ask about options. If you are 18+ and interested in the 14 day summer English language and American culture course offered at YFU USA’s headquarters, please complete your Short-Term Program application above, contact or call 800.833.6243 to learn more.

For Alumni

Are you a YFU Alum who went on exchange to the US or from the US abroad? We are pleased you are interested in reconnecting!  Search for your alumni record by entering a few details below, utilizing your last name at the time of exchange, unless you previously updated your information.  Login credentials will be emailed to you. In the meantime, please visit our Alumni page to learn how you can stay in touch!