Landlocked giant mountains, green valleys, and lakes in Central Europe make Austria the most forested country in Europe for you to spend a year or semester.
For either a semester or academic year, you can have the opportunity to live with a host family and study in this beautiful country! Mountain climbing, skiing, hiking, cycling, and boating are just some of the activities that YFU exchange students to Austria can experience. YFU Austria prides itself on its ability to dedicate lots of individualized attention to each student, ensuring the best possible exchange experience.
School: While attending a public secondary school, you will stay with a local host family and participate fully in the academic and cultural life of the school. There are a vast variety of high schools in Austria, including gymnasiums (AHS), vocational schools (HAK) or technical schools (VHS). It is very likely that during your stay you will be able to explore new areas of knowledge, specializing in one field depending on your interests, your future host parents' recommendations, and possibilities offered by the local schools. Exchange students are enrolled in school as an "ausserordentlicher Schueler" which means "irregular student." Because of this status, students may not be able to obtain a proper transcript in order to receive credit for their grades while on program. YFU Austria cannot guarantee that students will receive a report card. If you are able to follow classes in German and actively participate then you may be able to obtain credit for your classes.
Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. In Austria, students will participate in post-arrival, mid-year, and re-entry orientations to cover topics including communication, adaptation, integration, values, and perceptions. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.
Additional Costs: Visa fees (approximately €170), school textbook fees (€100), school fees for compulsory or optional school activities (€300) and school transportation fees (maximum €40 per month) are not included in the program tuition.
Students who have previously participated on a semester or year exchange program are accepted on a case-by-case basis. YFU Austria cannot guarantee that students will receive transcripts as required by a student's school in the United States. Many host families in Austria have pets, so students should be prepared to live with animals in the house.
- Placement with a host family
- Enrollment in a local Austrian high school
- Airport transfers
- Domestic and international travel
- All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
- Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
- Support from a YFU Austria Area Representative while on program
Program tuition does not include personal spending money. YFU Austria recommends that students plan for about €120 per each month of their program.
The application deadline for all 2016 winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1, 2015. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1, 2015. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15, 2016. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!
For fall departure programs, students must be born between March 1, 1999 and August 31, 2002. For spring departure programs, students must be born between August 1, 1999 and January 31, 2003. Students who do not meet this age requirement will not be considered for admission. Graduated students will only be considered if they fall within the age requirements.
German. No previous language study is required. For an additional cost of about €350, intensive individualized language tutoring can be arranged upon arrival in Austria. Standard German is spoken in most Austrian schools, but you should be prepared for the possibility that the community where you stay may speak German dialects unique to that region.
Host Family Placement
Most students are placed in suburban or rural areas. It is important to note that students are rarely placed in large urban centers.
School begins and ends in summer.