Most awards will require a student contribution of at least half of the tuition. Open to U.S. minority high school students with freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior class standing with demonstrated financial need. Students must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Finalists for this scholarship are selected on merit- and needs-based criteria. Students who have previously participated in a semester or year exchange in another country are not eligible for the Germany programs and scholarships.
Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Germany country page.
Complete Application Includes
Complete Online Application
1 Teacher Recommendation
Host Family Letter
3 Short Answer Essay Questions
Application Fee (non-refundable)
5 Candid photos
1 Passport size photo
Round-trip international airline travel
Round-trip domestic airline travel
Placement with a carefully selected host family.
Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
Support services in host country
Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for
Visa fees (if necessary)
Any excess luggage tariffs
Personal spending money
Upon returning home, scholarship winners are expected to complete at least one presentation in their school or community to share their experiences, teach others about the culture in their host country, and encourage other students to participate in foreign exchange.
Tuition balance not covered by scholarship is due two weeks after award notification
All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.
PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF THIS PAGE AND YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR YOUR REFERENCE.
If applying for multiple scholarships, please indicate each scholarship's name and code on your application. All scholarship recipients are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the scholarship selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.