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India

India is home to over thirty UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the seven modern wonders of the world.

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Study in India

India is home to over thirty UNESCO World Heritage Sites and one of the seven modern wonders of the world. YFU students have the exciting opportunity to call this cultural wonderland home! 

+ More About India

Namaste! Are you looking to experience a culture that's completely different from your own? A fusion of East and West, India is a destination sure to fill your thirst for adventure.

Similar in size to Europe, India is home to over one billion people. The vast and varied geography echoes throughout its diverse peoples, cultures, languages, religions, festivals, and foods. A rich and complex history adds texture to all that you will see and explore on your journey in India; you may find yourself wearing a sari, eating chapatis, or dancing bhangra!

India has something for everyone, from the snowy Himalayas of the North to the monsoon tropical Southern peninsula, from the dry deserts of the West to the forests of the East, you will find a never-ending place to explore.

Festivals and celebrations are at the core of Indian life, and whole communities or neighborhoods are often included in special holidays such as Diwali, the festival of lights, and Holi, the festival of colors. Renowned for decadent and vibrant festivities, Indian weddings are an awesome spectacle of color and music that typically entail a number of celebrations involving family, friends, and neighbors that may last several weeks - hopefully you'll get to experience one for yourself!

India’s film industry is the largest in the world. Based in Mumbai, Bollywood produces iconic films filled with plots as intricate as their dance moves. With influences ranging from Indian folk dances and new moves as seen on MTV, Bollywood films epitomize the traditional Indian culture with a Western flair. You'll learn about Indian culture while enjoying these films with your friends!

If you choose to study in India, you will select from three distinct tracks: Commerce, Humanities or Science. The secondary educational system in India places emphasis on vocational training, bringing in established professionals to ensure that students have a level of vocational training to help them find jobs once they have graduated. While students are expected to study diligently, there is also time for extra-curricular activities including sports, music and language clubs. You can be assured that your education in India will be an engaging and rewarding experience.

If you choose India as your host country, you will open your eyes to a new and challenging way of life unlike anything you have experienced before. A wonderful country with welcoming people, you are sure to fall in love with India!

Online Resources

To learn even more about India, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative websites
  • Embassy of India in Washington, DC website
  • IncredibleIndia.org Ministry of Tourism official website

+ Scholarships Available

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, needs-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for India:

Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund
Norbert Hardner Foundation International Exchange Scholarship
WEH Foundation Scholarship

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $14,495
Volunteer Fall Year: $14,495
Fall Semester: $14,495
Summer Program: $5,995

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. Students will also be required to register in gthe Foreigners Regional Registration Office after their arrival.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include personal spending money. Students should budget to cover additional school-related expenses including summer and winter school uniforms, textbooks, and transportation. Students are also responsible for covering any fees associated with obtaining a visa.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year & Volunteer Programs

As a YFU student to India, you'll live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

Secondary school (grades 9-12) is for students between the ages of 14 and 18. It prepares students for higher education at India's colleges and universities. Students who have graduated from school in the U.S. will be placed in the 11th grade, as will students completing their senior year. No students will be placed in grade 12 while in India. Courses may include Hindi, English, mathematics, humanities, commerce, computer science, history, social studies, yoga, arts, and physical education. Most classes are taught in English. Students will be placed in private schools, where they typically study humanities and commerce. Students do not study science due to the high level of difficulty.

Orientations

All students applying for the 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 India, students will also attend a 4-5 day post-arrival orientation as well as mid-year and re-entry orientations with other YFU students from all over the world. A survival Hindi manual will be provided to students one month before their departure.

Extracurriculars

YFU students are encouraged to engage themselves in extracurricular activities offered by their host schools and communities. Some examples of popular extracurriculars include cricket, musical theater, and athletics.

Optional Excursions

Year program students will also usually have the option of participating in educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Cultural Trip: In mid-March, students are invited to participate in a 3-5 day cultural expedition with other YFU students from around the world. The destination of this trip varies from year to year, but previous expeditions have gone to sites like Himachal, Dehrandun, and Shimla. Students will find out more about this optional trip upon arrival in India. The trip has typically included food, transportation, accommodations, and sight-seeing, and has cost around $400 to participate.

Volunteer Program

Students enrolled in the Volunteer program will participate in the traditional YFU academic year program, attending school and then going on to participate in a community service project for the last month of the exchange year. Projects may include but are not limited to working in an orphanage, teaching, working with the elderly, or working with people with intellectual disabilities. Students are matched with a project based on their interests and available opportunities near their host family. On this program, students continue to live with their host families, but instead of attending school, they volunteer for several hours each day. This volunteer opportunity is a great opportunity for students to make a difference in their Indian communities and immerse themselves even deeper in their host culture.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Mid July Mid May $14,995
Volunteer Fall Year Mid July Mid May $14,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Indian private 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 India Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departure: Students born August 1, 2002 - June 30, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students looking to partcipate in a Gap Year program should be prepared to be placed in the 11th grade

Language

Hindi and English. No previous language study is required.

Host Family Placement

All students are placed in Northern India with upper income families.

+ Semester Program

As a YFU student to India, you'll live with a host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

Secondary school (grades 9-12) is for students between the ages of 14 and 18. It prepares students for higher education at India's colleges and universities. Students who have graduated from school in the U.S. will be placed in the 11th grade, as will students completing their senior year. No students will be placed in grade 12 while in India. Courses may include Hindi, English, mathematics, humanities, commerce, computer science, history, social studies, yoga, arts, and physical education. Most classes are taught in English. Students will be placed in private schools, where they typically study humanities and commerce. Students do not study science due to the high level of difficulty. Students who participate in the Semester program will attend school and return home before the exam period begins in late March.

Orientations

All students applying for the semester 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 India, students will also attend a 4-5 day post-arrival orientation as well as mid-year and re-entry orientations with other YFU students from all over the world. A survival Hindi manual will be provided to students one month before their departure.

Extracurriculars

YFU students are encouraged to engage themselves in extracurricular activities offered by their host schools and communities. Some examples of popular extracurriculars include cricket, musical theater, and athletics.

Optional Excursions

Semester program students will also usually have the option of participating in educational trips and excursions during their stay, at an additional cost.

Cultural Trip: In mid-March, students are invited to participate in a 3-day cultural expedition with other YFU students from around the world. The destination of this trip varies from year to year, but previous expeditions have gone to sites like Himachal, Dehrandun, and Shimla. Students will find out more about this optional trip upon arrival in India. The trip has typically included food, transportation, accommodations, and sight-seeing, and has cost around $400 to participate.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Mid July Late March $14,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Indian private 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 India Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departure: Students born August 1, 2002 - June 30, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.
  • Students looking to partcipate in a Gap Year program should be prepared to be placed in the 11th grade

Language

Hindi and English. No previous language study is required.

Host Family Placement

All students are placed in Northern India with upper income families.

+ Summer Program

Experience "Incredible India" this summer during a one month exchange to the endlessly fascinating subcontinent.

Discover India

Stay with fellow exchange students in the dormitories of a local school campus during the week and get to know India from an insider's perspective through host families stays during the weekends.

Participants will have the opportunity to try a wide range of activities like yoga, meditation, Hindi or Punjabi language classes, popular local sports like cricket, and Indian cooking classes. There will also be visits local temples of different religions, museums, and a trip to the Indian border. This program will be based in Punjab, a state in the north of India, and will also offer a 5 day trip to either the mountainous state of Himachal Pradesh or to Rajasthan and the iconic Taj Mahal.

Orientations

Students applying for the Summer program must be available for a mandatory one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Summer Program: Students born August 1, 2002 - June 30, 2005.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Hindi and English. No previous language study is required.

Host Family Placement

All students are placed in Northern India with upper income families.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer Mid July Mid August $5,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement in dormitory accommodations
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU India Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance