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Scholarships

To be considered for scholarship awards, students must meet the eligibility requirements listed on the individual Scholarship Information pages below and demonstrate characteristics like flexibility, tolerance and open-mindedness.

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Scholarships

YFU offers over 200 full and partial merit-based scholarships and needs-based financial aid to students every year. 

To be considered for scholarship awards, students must meet the eligibility requirements listed on the individual Scholarship Information pages below and demonstrate characteristics like flexibility, tolerance and open-mindedness. In addition to the standard application and fee (if required), students also need to submit essay responses, a host family introduction letter and teacher recommendations by the scholarship deadline. Students can apply for multiple scholarships and pay only one fee. 

Through the generosity of numerous corporations, governments, foundations and individuals, YFU awards more than $2.3 million in partial or full study abroad scholarships annually. Students are encouraged to consider all of their scholarship options and apply to as many as they qualify for by the December 11 (for CBYX only) or January 7 (for all other programs) scholarship application deadline!

 

National Scholarships

Scholarship

CodeCountryLimited toDeadline

385Choice 21-Jan

+ Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund

Eligible Countries

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium-Flanders, Belgium-Wallonia, Brazil, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador,Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Netherlands, New Zealand , Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Romania,Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times Previous language study may be required.

Programs

Fall Semester, Fall Year

Scholarship Amount

This is a $5,000 scholarship.

Eligibility

  • The Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund is awarded to a U.S. Public High School student with a GPA of 3.0 - 4.0
  • Sophomore or Junior standing at time of application
  • Must enroll in a semester or year long study abroad program (summer and short-term programs not eligible)
  • Must have at least one year of foreign language study or be a non-native English speaker
  • No previous participation in a study abroad program
  • Student must demonstrate financial need; please see link to the FACTS application. FACTS is an independent, third party that assesses student eligibility for tuition assistance

Age Requirements

Students must meet the age requirements listed on the individual country pages.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online YFU Application
  • Host Family Letter
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • School Certificate
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Profile Picture (headshot)
  • Completed FACTS application (due date March 1)

Application Fees

  • $75 Nonrefundable YFU Application Fee (paid directly to YFU)
  • $35 FACTS Application Fee to Assess Financial Need (paid directly to FACTS)

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip airline travel (domestic & international)
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • School Placement
  • Local pre-departure orientation for recipient and parents
  • National pre-departure orientation for recipient
  • Preparatory materials
  • 24 hour student support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Personal spending money
  • Final program report and photos, due withing one month of return, detailing the exchange experience that will be shared with the Holcomb/Farnell Family

A Note from Sharon Holcomb, Fund Sponsor

People can be very different from you and still be good people. That lesson, learned as a foreign exchange student, has shaped my life. Of course, many things have shaped my life, starting with loving parents, Olive and Dorman Holcomb. They made sure my brothers and I went to school, went to church, and were taken on many camping trips. "We're not lost, we're exploring," became a family motto. Living in Germany with its great public transportation, I learned to go exploring without adults. Marriage to Fred Farnell and the opportunity to live with him in Texas, California, Ohio, and Japan as an Air Force spouse, has also given us lots of opportunity for "exploring."

I'm a firm believer in public schools and a firm believer in travel. Every child deserves a solid education enriched by positive experiences.

We're also shaped by the children in our lives. For me they include big brothers, Dorman and Ward Holcomb and the little German children who became my brothers and sister, Arne, Ariane, Ole and Phil Eggert. Most of all, Fred and I have been blessed by our own children, Matthew, Patrick, and Ariane Farnell.

As Fred and I tried to decide what legacy we want to leave behind, giving young people the opportunity for foreign travel and study seems fundamental. The lesson that people can be very different from you and still be good people, is one that can shape lives and help bring peace to our world. Our wish is that this gift does just that for years to come.

To read Sharon Holcomb's full testimonial about her scholarship and view additional family photos or to donate to this fund, please visit her fund page.

PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF THIS PAGE AND YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR YOUR REFERENCE.

Notes

Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice. The FACTS application fee for financial aid assessment, due March 15, is an additional $35, paid to FACTS directly. The applicant can pay $35 and apply for as many financial-need based scholarships as they qualify and YFU offers. Students must be approved to go on a YFU program before YFU can consider them for financial aid scholarships. For this reason, students may want to wait to submit their FACTS application until after they are accepted into the YFU program.

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.

254Japan 21-Jan

+ Japan-America Friendship Scholars (JAFS)

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

Students are responsible for a $3500 program tuition contribution.

Eligibility

  • 70 scholarships open to students who meet age required defined on the Japan country page.
  • Students who have Japanese language experience or are motivated to learn Japanese.
  • Students must hold a 3.0 grade point average or better on a 4.0 scale.
  • Only US citizens may apply.
  • Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship to Japan are not eligible.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Parent-student agreement
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day mandatory Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • 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, due two weeks after award notification
  • Upon returning home, scholarship winners must submit a 2-3 page essay titled 'YFU Experience in Japan' detailing their exchange in Japan. These essays are submitted to the Japanese government to encourage funding for future programs.

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory Japan Pre-Departure Orientation.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • This scholarship is sponsored by the Japanese government and therefore students may not miss orientation, or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early, or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to program and depart program together.
  • The flight purchased for this program is a roundtrip ticket and therefore students flights may not be rearranged to include any other destinations other than their departure gate and Japan.
  • 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.

97Japan 21-Jan

+ Japan-US Senate Youth Exchange (JUSSE)

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

Student is responsible for a $3,500 contribution towards the tuition.

Eligibility

  • 5 scholarships open to high school freshman, sophomores, and juniors.
  • Students must hold a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Applicant must be a US citizen and reside in one of the 50 states.
  • No prior language study is required.
  • Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship to Japan may not apply.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Parent-student agreement
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day mandatory Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • 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, due two weeks after award notification
  • Upon returning home, scholarship winners must submit a 2-3 page essay titled 'YFU Experience in Japan' detailing their exchange in Japan. These essays are submitted to the Japanese government to encourage funding for future programs.

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory Japan Pre-Departure Orientation.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • Students may not miss orientation or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to and from Japan together.
  • 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.

304Japan 21-Jan

+ Kikkoman National Scholarship

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship

Eligibility

  • 3 full scholarships
  • Students must meet age requirement specified on the Japan country page.
  • Students must hold a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Only US citizens may apply.
  • Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship to Japan are not eligible.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable)

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip international airline travel
  • Round-trip domestic airline travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family, recipients tend to be placed in the Tokyo/ Kanto region.
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day mandatory Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Personal spending money
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to Kikkoman.
  • 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.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience, to be shared with their scholarship sponsor.

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory Japan Pre-Departure Orientation.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • Students may not miss orientation or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to and from Japan together.
  • 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.

44JapanFCCLA Members7-Jan

+ Kikkoman/FCCLA Scholarship

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship

Eligibility

  • 14 scholarships for students who are dues-paying members of Family Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA).
  • Open to FCCLA members
  • Applicants must also send YFU his/her FCCLA Supplemental Form with the application. This form can be downloaded inside the application
  • Non-US citizens may apply.
  • Previous recipients of YFU scholarships to Japan are not eligible.
  • Students must hold a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Headshot
  • FCCLA supplemental form

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable)

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip international airline travel
  • Round-trip domestic airline travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family; recipients tend to be placed in the Tokyo/ Kanto region.
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day mandatory Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Personal spending money
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to Kikkoman.
  • 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.

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory Japan Pre-Departure Orientation.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • Students may not miss orientation or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to and from Japan together.
  • 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.

257Japan 21-Jan

+ Okinawa Peace Scholarship Program

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Eligible Countries

Japan Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Scholarship Amount

Students are responsible for a $3000 program tuition contribution.

Eligibility

  • 10 summer scholarships for students to be placed in Okinawa, Japan.
  • Students must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Only US citizens may apply.
  • Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship to Japan are not eligible.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable)

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • 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
  • Upon returning home, scholarship winners must submit a 2-3 page essay titled 'YFU Experience in Japan' detailing their exchange in Japan. These essays are submitted to the Japanese government to encourage funding for future programs.

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory pre-departure orientation. Students will have an orientation upon arrival in Tokyo where they will meet with government and embassy officials. Students will spend 2 nights in Tokyo before flying to Okinawa.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • This scholarship is sponsored by the Japanese government and therefore students may not miss orientation, or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early, or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to program and depart program together.
  • The flight purchased for this program is a roundtrip ticket and therefore students flights may not be rearranged to include any other destinations other than their departure gate and Japan.
  • 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.

876Japan 21-Jan

+ The Alan Hershey Legacy Scholarship for Japan Exchange

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Several partial scholarships are available from the Alan Hershey Scholarship Fund. Alan Hershey was a Youth for Understanding exchange student in Japan in 1974 at the age of 16. The experience had a profound impact on his life, inspiring a career in international banking that brought him back to Asia dozens of times. Fluent in Japanese, Alan cherished relationships with his host family that he kept in close contact with, his clients all over the world, and shared his passion for Japan with his kids who grew up visiting the country every year since they were born.

Following in his footsteps, his daughter Caroline was a YFU exchange student in Osaka in 2008 and son Brian in Chiba Prefecture in 2010.

Alan's passion for travel and intense curiosity about the world inspired his mission to visit all 192 countries. He made it 136. On October 22, 2017, he died suddenly doing what he loved while exploring an ancient city in Uzbekistan.

Eligibility

  • Applicants must meet the age requirements stated on the Japan Country Page
  • Applicants must also be approved to go on program through YFU's standard application procedure
  • Applicants must demonstrate financial need

Age Requirements

Students must meet the age requirements listed on the individual country pages.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online YFU Application
  • FACTS application for financial aid, due March 15. Set up your FACTS account here.
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Parent-student agreement
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

  • $75 Nonrefundable YFU Application Fee (paid directly to YFU)
  • $35 FACTS Application Fee to Assess Financial Need (paid directly to FACTS)

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip international airline travel
  • Round-trip domestic airline travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport 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.
  • If a scholarship winner cancels their program less than 30 days before departure, they are responsible for paying for their airfare and cancellation fee.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to YFU.

PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF THIS PAGE AND YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR YOUR REFERENCE.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.
  • The FACTS application (due March 15) fee for financial aid assessment is an additional $35, paid to FACTS directly. The applicant can pay $35 and apply for as many financial-need based scholarships as they qualify and YFU offers. Students must be approved to go on a YFU program before YFU can consider them for financial aid scholarships. For this reason, students may want to wait to submit their FACTS application until after they are accepted into the YFU program.

314Choice 21-Jan

+ The YFU Americas Scholarship

Eligible Countries

Argentina, Brazil, Ecuador, Uruguay

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

Up to 5 partial scholarships of $1,000 may be awarded. Scholarship recipients are responsible for the remainder of the program tuition. Please see individual country pages for program tuition information.

Students may apply for YFU Financial Aid for the balance of tuition via the FACTS site. This application is an additional $35. Due date for a completed FACTS Application is March 15, 2019. Decisions about financial aid will be determined after the YFU Americas scholarship is awarded.

Eligibility

  • Open to US high school students with freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior class standing.
  • Students must hold a 2.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet age requirements listed on each country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 to Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Passport-style photo (headshot)

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • 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, due two weeks after award notification

PLEASE KEEP A COPY OF THIS PAGE AND YOUR APPLICATION MATERIALS FOR YOUR REFERENCE.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.
  • 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.

368Choice 21-Jan

+ YFU Legacy Grant

Eligible Countries

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium-Flanders, Brazil, Chile,China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Paraguay,Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, Uruguay

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times. Previous language study may be required.

Programs

Fall Semester, Fall Year, Spring semester, Spring Year, Summer, Trimester

Grant Amount

Students who are eligible for the YFU Legacy Grant will receive a $1,000 discount on their program tuition.

Eligibility

  • The YFU Legacy Grant (formerly the Community Grant) is available to the children, grandchildren, or the siblings of YFU alumni, as well as the children and grandchildren of volunteers, host families, and YFU staff members. Participants of YFU's Virtual Exchange program are also eligible. To qualify for the Grant, volunteers and host families must have hosted and/or volunteered with YFU for a combined 3-month period prior to the grantee’s departure. Hosting and/or volunteer participation does not have to be within the departure year of the student.
  • Open to students applying to any YFU program (excluding Adult Study Tours).
  • Grant will be awarded to all qualifying students upon acceptance to YFU program and verification of Grant eligibility.
  • Year and semester students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, summer students must maintain a minimum of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to be considered eligible.

Age Requirements

Applicant must meet the age requirements for the program to which they are applying. See country pages for specific age requirements. Please call 1-800-TEENAGE with any questions.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Grant Covers Partial Tuition, which Includes:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country
  • Tuition balance not covered by the grant is due in accordance with YFU payment deadlines
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Grant Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • 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

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status by email.
  • Grant programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.
  • All recipients are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the program selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE.

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.

384Choice 1-Mar

+ YFU Financial Aid Fund

Eligible Countries

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium-Flanders, Belgium-Wallonia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealandv, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times. Previous language study may be required.

Programs

Fall Semester, Fall Year, Spring semester, Spring Year, Summer, Trimester

Several partial scholarships are available for students who demonstrate a financial need. To be eligible for a financial award from YFU, the applicant must also be approved to go on program through YFU's standard application procedure.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the country page of desired program(s).

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online YFU Application
  • FACTS application for financial aid, due March 15. Set up your FACTS account here .
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Parent-student agreement
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • 5 Candid photo
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

  • $75 Nonrefundable YFU Application Fee (paid directly to YFU)
  • $35 FACTS Application Fee to Assess Financial Need (paid directly to FACTS)

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international airline travel
  • Round-trip domestic airline travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • 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.
  • If a scholarship winner cancels their program less than 30 days before departure, they are responsible for paying for their airfare and cancellation fee.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to YFU.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.
  • The FACTS application (due March 15) fee for financial aid assessment is an additional $35, paid to FACTS directly. The applicant can pay $35 and apply for as many financial-need based scholarships as they qualify and YFU offers. Students must be approved to go on a YFU program before YFU can consider them for financial aid scholarships. For this reason, students may want to wait to submit their FACTS application until after they are accepted into the YFU program.

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.

273Germany 21-Jan

+ YFU Stiftung

Eligible Countries

Germany

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Fall Semester, Fall Year

Eligibility

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. Students must have a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale. Finalists for this scholarship are selected on merit-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.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the country page of desired program(s).

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Passport size photo

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • 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

Notes

  • 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.

305Germany 21-Jan

+ YFU Stipendium Program to Germany

Eligible Countries

Germany

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Fall Semester, Fall Year

Eligibility

Open to U.S. high school students with freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior class standing. Students must hold a 3.0 grade point average or higher on a 4.0 scale. Most students will need to contribute at least half of the tuition cost. Finalists for this scholarship are selected on merit-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.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the country page of desired program(s).

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Passport size photo

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • 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

Notes

  • 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.


Regional Scholarships

Scholarship

CodeCountryLimited toDeadline

374GermanyMN15-Feb

+ Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship

Eligible Countries

Germany

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Fall Semester, Fall Year

The Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship honors the life of Alex Voigt, who was an international exchange student from Germany to St. Cloud, MN in 2014. He attended Technical High School, where he made his mark as a member of both the soccer and track teams. Known for his compassion, aptitude and adventurous spirit, Alex was a bright and charismatic young man. While participating in an aerial tour over his adopted city, during the final week of his exchange in June, Alex was taken in a fatal crash. His family, so touched by the outpouring of support they received from the St. Cloud and YFU communities, and as strong believers in the importance of studying abroad, has funded this scholarship in their son’s honor. Finalists for the scholarship will be reviewed by a board of St. Cloud representatives chaired by Mayor Dave Kleis who was Alexander’s host father while in MN, together with the Voigt/Jetter Family.

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • The Alexander Voigt Memorial Scholarship offers the opportunity for a high school student from St. Cloud, MN (preference will be given to applicants from Technical High School) to spend a year as an exchange student in Germany. No previous language experience is required. Students who have previously participated in a semester or year exchange in another country are not eligible for the German programs and scholarships.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident
  • Have a GPA of 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a high school student in St. Cloud, MN

Age Requirements

Students must meet the age requirements listed on the Germany country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • Host Family Letter
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • School Certificate
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Profile Picture (headshot)

Application Fees

$75 Nonrefundable YFU Application Fee (paid directly to YFU)

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip travel (domestic & international)
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • School Placement
  • Local pre-departure orientation for recipient and parents
  • National pre-departure orientation for recipient
  • Preparatory materials
  • 24 hour student support services in host country
  • Opportunity to meet with the Voigt/Jetter Family who are sponsoring the scholarship
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Personal spending money
  • Communication with the Voigt/Jetter Family while on program
  • Final program report and photos, due withing one month of return, detailing the exchange experience that will be shared with the Voigt/Jetter Family

Notes

  • 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.

115GermanySee Eligibility18-Dec

+ Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

Eligible Countries

Germany

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Fall Year

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is for motivated high school students who want to live with a host family and attend school for an academic year in Germany. No previous language experience is required. Students who have previously participated in a semester or year exchange in another country are not eligible for the Germany programs and scholarships.

To be eligible, you must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be a current high school student at the time of application, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher on a 4.0 scale
  • Reside in one of the following states: Alabama, Arkansas, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Louisiana, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Tennessee, Wisconsin.

Age Requirements

Students must be 15 to 18 ½ on August 1 of the program departure year: born between February 1, 2001 and August 1, 2004 for the 2019-20 program

Complete Application Includes

  • Online Application
  • Host Family Letter
  • 6 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • 2 Teacher Recommendations
  • Academic Transcript
  • School Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • CBYX Terms & Conditions
  • 1 Smiling headshot
  • 5 Candid photos

Application Fees

Application fee to be paid by the sponsor.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country
  • Medical insurance coverage

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Personal spending money

Notes

  • 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.

Apply for the CBYX scholarship program.

YFU also has a few other scholarships to Germany, both full and partial opportunities! These other opportunities have a separate application through the YFU website. You may apply to as many as you would like. 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.

358GermanySee Eligibility21-Jan

+ Goethe Institut - PASCH Schools Scholarship

Eligible Countries

Germany

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Fall Year

Scholarship Amount

The scholarship covers half of the program tuition.

Eligibility

  • Students should register at www.pasch-net.de before applying on the YFU USA website.
  • Students must meet the age requirement on the Germany country page
  • Scholarship is open to students that attend the schools listed below.
  • The scholarship covers a contribution of half of the program tuition towards the total tuition. (Please see the Germany country page for program tuition information).
  • All participants must prepare a power point entry consisting of a pictures, photos, and/or drawings related to the theme. * The theme of the contest is "The Perfect Day". Students will receive directions on this entry following application.
  • Only students who attend a FIT school in the United States are eligible. FIT schools are schools within the national educational system which are supported by the Goethe Institut and where German as a subject will be established or extended.

Eligible Schools

  • Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School (Sudbury, MA)
  • Gloucester High School (Gloucester, MA)
  • Millard North High School (Omaha, NE)
  • Ladue Horton Watkins High School (St. Louis, MO)
  • High School for Math, Science, and Engineering (New York, NY)
  • Mount Lebanon High School (Pittsburgh, PA)
  • Cheyenne Mountain High School (Colorado Springs, CO)
  • Claremont High School (Claremont, CA)
  • Heritage High School (Leesburg, VA)
  • McKinney Boyd High School (McKinney, TX)

Age Requirements

Students must be 15 to 18 ½ on August 1 of the program departure year: born between February 1, 2001 and August 1, 2004 for the 2019-20 program

Complete Application Includes

  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Complete Online Application
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • School Certificate
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Passport size photo

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • 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, due two weeks after award notification

Notes

  • 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.

266JapanyMI21-Jan

+ Japan Business Society of Detroit (JBSD) Foundation

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Eligibility

  • 2 partial scholarships for students attending high school in one of the following Michigan counties: Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw, or Wayne.
  • Children of JBSD Foundation members or students of Japanese descent are not eligible.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have not previously traveled to Japan.
  • Students will be responsible for a $1,000 program tuition contribution.
  • Minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan webpage.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Parent-student agreement
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • 5 Candid photo
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable)

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory Japan Pre-Departure Orientation.

Notes

  • All students must fly to and from Japan together.
  • 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.

262JapanCA21-Jan

+ Kikkoman/Folsom, CA

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • 3 scholarships for students attending Folsom High School, Cordova High School, Oak Ridge High School or Vista del Lago High School (Folsom) in California.
  • Students must hold a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Only US citizens may apply. Previous recipients of YFU scholarships to Japan are not eligible.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Parent-student agreement
  • School certificate
  • Health certificate
  • 5 candid photos
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family, recipients tend to be placed in the Tokyo/ Kanto region.
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day mandatory Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • Personal spending money
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to be shared with YFU.
  • 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.

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a 3-day special mandatory pre-departure orientation

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status in April.
  • Students may not miss orientation or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to and from Japan together.
  • 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.

33JapanWI21-Jan

+ Kikkoman/Walworth County, WI

Eligible Countries

Germany

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • 3 scholarships for high school students in Walworth County, Wisconsin.
  • Students attending the following schools are eligible: Elkhorn, Badger, Big Foot, Williams Bay, Delavan-Darien, East Troy, Faith Christian, Walworth Christian, and Whitewater High Schools.
  • Students must hold a 3.0 or higher grade point average on a 4.0 scale.
  • Only US citizens may apply. Previous recipients are not eligible.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the Japan country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Parent-student agreement
  • School certificate
  • Health certificate
  • 5 candid photos
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family, recipients tend to be placed in the Tokyo/ Kanto region.
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day mandatory Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs vRequired overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • Personal spending money
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to Kikkoman.
  • 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.

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a 3-day special mandatory pre-departure orientation

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status in April.
  • Students may not miss orientation or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to and from Japan together.
  • 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.

596ChoicePA21-Jan

+ Norbert Hardner Foundation International Exchange Scholarship

Eligible Countries

Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Ecuador, Germany, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Latvia, New Zealand, Serbia/Romania/Bulgaria, Uruguay

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • Open to students attending Cathedral Prep or Villa Maria Academy in Erie, PA who are currently on a Norbert Hardner Foundation Academic Scholarship
  • Applicants must meet the age requirements outlined on each country page
  • Applicants must also be approved to go on program through YFU's standard application procedure

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the individual country pages listed above.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online YFU Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Parent-student agreement
  • Health certificate
  • School certificate
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Headshot

Application Fees

YFU Application Fee covered by scholarship sponsor

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international airline travel
  • Round-trip domestic airline travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Pre-departure orientation
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • 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.
  • If a scholarship winner cancels their program less than 30 days before departure, they are responsible for paying for their airfare and cancellation fee.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to YFU.

Notes

  • 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.


Employee Scholarships

Scholarship
CodeCountryLimited toDeadline
7Choice 7-Jan

+ Chevron Culture and Travel Program

Eligible Countries

Argentina, Germany, Greece, Italy,Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Culture and Travel Tuition Award

Full tuition award

Eligibility

At least one parent of applicant must be on the payroll of Chevron at the time students are selected for the award in April. Previous recipients are not eligible.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on individual country pages.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Passport size photo

Application Fees

$75 (student contribution is $40 and Chevron pays the balance). The application fee is non-refundable; please make check payable to YFU.

Culture and Travel Tuition Award Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country
  • Three-day Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program (if going to Japan)
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • Personal spending money
  • Upon returning home, participants 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.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to Chevron.

Notes

  • 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.

All participants are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.

7Choice 21-Jan

+ Epson America, Inc. International Scholarship

Eligible Countries

China, Ecuador, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Spain

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times. Previous language study may be required.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • Open to children of employees of Epson America, Inc. headquarters and field offices.
  • Parents must be on the Epson payroll at the time of the application deadline and at the time of the student's actual departure.
  • College students of the appropriate age bracket may apply.
  • Open to US and non-US citizens.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible.

Age Requirements

Applicants to must meet the age requirements established on the program country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Passport size photo

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable); please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country
  • Three-day Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program (if going to Japan)
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • 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.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to be shared with Epson.

Orientation

Winners who wish to use this scholarship to go to Japan will participate in a special mandatory 3-day pre-departure orientation in California

Notes

  • 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.

360Japan 1-Feb

+ Mazda Canada Inc.

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • Open to high school students who are dependents of full-time employees of Mazda Canada Inc. (MCI) or an MCI dealer. Parents must have been employed with MCI or an MCI dealer for at least six months at the time of application.
  • Students must be non-smokers.
  • Only Canadian citizens and legal residents may apply. age-requirements">Age Requirements Applicant must meet the age requirements listed on the Japan country page. complete-application-includes">Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application

  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 8 Passport sized photos

Application Fees

$75 application fee paid by Mazda Canada

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family, generally in and around Hiroshima.
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • The scholarship experience culminates with a visit to Mazda's world headquarters in Hiroshima where students have the opportunity to go on a tour of the Mazda Museum.

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • Personal spending money vUpon 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.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to YFU to be shared with Mazda Canada.

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory pre-departure orientation in California.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • Students may not miss orientation or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to and from Japan together.
  • 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.

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 240.235.2100 x141 to speak to an admissions counselor, or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.

146Japan 1-Feb

+ Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc.

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • Up to three full scholarships for children of employees of Mitsubishi Electric US, Inc. Parent must be employed full-time with Mitsubishi for at least one year prior to application deadline. Parent must also be employed full time with Mitsubishi at the time students are notified of award.
  • Only U.S. citizens or students with permanent U.S. residency may apply.
  • Previous recipients are not eligible.

Age Requirements

Applicant must meet the age requirements listed on the Japan country page.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fees $37.50 (non-refundable)

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family, generally in and around Hiroshima.
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • 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.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide an essay and photos detailing their exchange experience to their scholarship sponsor. At least one photo must be with the host family.

Notes

  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.
  • Students may not miss orientation or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to and from Japan together.
  • 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.

251Japan 7-Jan

+ Sony Corporation of America Scholarship Program

Eligible Countries

Japan

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.

Programs

Summer

Scholarship Amount

This is a full scholarship.

Eligibility

  • Full scholarships available for high school students who are children of full-time U.S. employees of Sony Corporation of America (SCA) (including Sony/ATV, Sony DADC, Sony Biotechnology Inc.), Sony North America (SNA), Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE), Sony Music Entertainment (SME), or Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE).
  • Previous recipients of a YFU scholarship are not eligible. Employee must have completed one full year of employment prior to the deadline.
  • To enable Sony to award scholarships to as many different families as possible each year, only one scholarship per employee family may be awarded in a given program year.
  • Academically, the applicant must have a “B” average or better (3.0 on a 4.0 scale).
  • This program is not open to children of Japanese transfers.
  • Parent must be a full-time U.S. employee of SCA (including Sony/ATV, Sony DADC, and Sony Biotechnology Inc.), SNA, SPE, SME, or SIE at the time the student departs for Japan.
  • U.S. citizens or students with permanent U.S. residency may apply.
  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.

Age Requirements

Students must be born between April 2, 2002 and April 1, 2004.

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 Passport sized photo

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable) due at the time of application

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family, generally in and around Hiroshima.
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Three-day Japan specific orientation at the beginning of the program
  • Support services in host country
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • 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.
  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to their scholarship sponsor.

Orientation

Japan scholarship winners will participate in a special mandatory Japan Pre-Departure Orientation. Students may not miss orientation or arrive late in Japan. Additionally, students may not schedule to leave the program early or extend their stay in Japan. All students must fly to and from Japan together.

Notes

  • 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.