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Ready to Open your School to the World?

Somewhere in another country, a teenager is waiting, wondering what new high school will open a world of possibilities. If your school is open to new and enriching experiences, than accepting an international exchange student may be for you! Share our American customs and your students’ unique traditions while discovering a new culture right in your own halls.

Encourage your school to open its doors to intercultural education! Contact us today at 1.800.TEENAGE and introduce your students to the global world by welcoming a YFU exchange student to your classroom this fall.

Discover Youth For Understanding (YFU)

In the wake of World War II, 75 German teenagers were invited into American homes to build bridges of tolerance and understanding. More than 60 years later, the tradition continues as YFU welcomes students from all around the world. Our students are ready and willing to be a part of this legacy of public diplomacy, but we need your assistance.

Get your school started on their greatest journey yet! 

As an educator, you want to ensure your students receive the best possible education—and sometimes that education comes from a 16-year-old exchange student or 17-year-old exchange alumnus. That’s why it’s so important not only to encourage your students to study abroad, but to encourage your school system to accept students into your school. By helping to keep the doors of your school always open to exchange, you can give your students the opportunity of a lifetime. Check out the Educators page for additional information.  Begin learning more about students arriving in your area by completing the “Meet them” section located on the right side of the screen.

Other ways to explore the world

Make a real difference in the world and in your community by assisting YFU in finding host families and encouraging young people that you know to study abroad. Below are some easy ways to become active with YFU:

  • Contact Me - I would like to enroll a YFU student for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Post the YFU host family video to your school's Facebook page 
  • Become a YFU volunteer
  • Hang flyers on public notice boards
  • Play news announcement to your students about opportunities to study abroad or host with YFU
  • Have a YFU International or American student present at your school

Thank you for your interest in YFU! To learn more about opportunities to engage within the YFU community, please fill in the form above or contact your local representative at 800.872.0200 or at 800.TEENAGE.