Countries

YFU offers academic based programmes including long term programmes (year and semester length) and short programmes (6 or 8 weeks school or holiday) as well as a variety of specialization programmes.

Argentina

Argentina is a country big enough to fascinate you endlessly, yet intimate enough to make you love it forever. Spend a year, summer, or semester learning Spanish and exploring the culture, history, and landscape.

Our programmes to Argentina

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in January or August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in February or August.
  • 6-8 week short-term high school exchange programme with departure in August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be be between 15 and 17 years old on the day of departure.
  • Basic knowledge of Spanish is not required but highly recommended.

Austria

Landlocked giant mountains, green valleys, and lakes in Central Europe make Austria the most forested country in Europe for you to spend a year or semester.

Our programmes to Austria

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in February or August.
  • 1 year music or dance specialization programme with departure in February or August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in February or August.
  • 6 month music or dance specialization programme with departure in February or August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 14 and 17.5 years old on their day of arrival in Austria.
  • Prior knowledge of German is NOT required.

Belgium (Flanders)

Home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, among many other multilateral organizations, Belgium offers you a chance to immerse yourself in the history, culture, and epicenter of today’s global community.

Our programmes to Belgium

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year sports specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year visual arts specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year fashion specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year tourism specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year performing arts specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month sports specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month visual arts specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month fashion specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month tourism specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month performing arts specialization programme with departure in August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 16 and 18.5 years old on their day of arrival in Belgium.
  • Prior knowledge of Dutch is not required but tudents are expected to learn the language.
  • Visual arts specialization programme: Students must submit a portfolio with their application.
  • Performin arts specialization programme: Students must submit a portfolio with their application, screening and an application interview will be conducted.

Bulgaria

This small picturesque country occupies the northeastern part of the Balkan peninsula. Bulgaria has existed for more than 13 centuries in Europe, linking East and West. Travel to Bulgaria and discover the pine forests, lost lakes and mountains!

Our programmes to Bulgaria

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year outdoor specialization programme (Four Seasons Programme) with departure in August.
  • 1 year archaeology specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 6 week winter holiday programme with departure in December.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on their day of arrival in Bulgaria.
  • Prior knowledge of Bulgarian is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.
  • Archaeology specialization programme: Students must be between 16 and 18 years old on their day of arrival in Bulgaria.

Chile

Want to go to the end of the world? You might explore the Antarctic with its glaciers, the botanic wonderland of the Juan Fernandez Islands, or Easter Island with its famous giant statues, the Moais.

Our programmes to Chile

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in January or July.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in January or July.
  • 1 year university programme with departure in August.
  • 3 month volunteering programme (indigenous communities) with departure in June.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 17 years old on the day of departure.
  • Students should have basic knowledge of Spanish.
  • Students should have a B average across all their acaemic subjects.
  • University programme: Students must be between 18 and 22 years old on the day of departure.

Denmark

While living in Denmark, you will undoubtedly experience many moments of what the Danes call hygge, a special word for comfort that means an all-embracing feeling of warmth and well-being. Hygge may come when you are eating with your host family or laughing with friends at a club.

Our programmes to Denmark

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in January or July.
  • 1 year classical music specialization programme with departure in July.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in January or July.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Danish is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.
  • Classical music programme: A certain level of musical competency is required.

Estonia

Estonia may be a small spot on the world map, but the hospitality, history, culture, adventure, and people will take up a big part of your heart if you choose this Baltic country as your YFU destination.

Our programmes to Estonia

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year art specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year music specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year film and movie specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year nature specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year theatre specialization programme with departure in August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Estonian is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.
  • Art, music and film/movie programme: Prior experience is required and a portfolio must be submitted with the application.

Finland

Contrary to popular belief, Finland has relatively warm summers. Finnish Lapland is home to the midnight sun, when the sun doesn’t set at all for two months! The snowy Finnish winter provides an excellent opportunity for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey throughout the country.

Our programmes to Finland

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in July
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in January or July.
  • 6 week summer holiday programme with departure in June.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of the Finnish language is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.

France

Language. Art. Architecture. Religion. Food. Fashion. Business. Technology. Industry. It only takes a day to traverse the beautiful landscape from north to south of this country, but it takes so much longer to truly understand her culture and people.

Our programmes to France

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in January or August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 17 years old on the day of departure.
  • Students must have studied French for at least a year and will be required to write a letter (in French) to their future host family during the application interview (15 min max.).
  • School marks should be B or better in French and C or better in all other subjects.

Germany

Germany is a breathtakingly beautiful country with an exciting and diversely modern culture at every turn. Many exchange students have been happy to call Germany home!

Our programmes to Germany

  • 1 year high school exchange programme incl. 3-week culture and language course with departure in January or July.
  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in January or August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme incl. 3-week culture and language course with departure in January or July.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in January or July.
  • 6 week summer holiday programme with departure in June.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • The language course is mandatory if the student has little or no prior knowledge of German.
  • Students must have above average to excellent marks.

Hungary

A rare blend of the old and new, this 1,000-year-old country is quickly becoming one of Central Europe’s hippest. From beach resorts and wine vineyards to vibrant cities, Hungary has much to offer the imagination.

Our programmes to Hungary

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in January or August.
  • 1 year music specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year catering specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in January or August.
  • 6 week summer holiday programme with departure in July.

Application requirements

  • Student must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Hungarian is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.
  • Music programme: Audition music material must be submitted with the application.
  • Catering programme: Prior experience in catering studies is required.

India

Does your thirst for adventure have you craving something new? Welcome to exotic India!

Our programmes to India

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in July.
  • 1 year high school exchange programme incl. social cultural programme with departure in August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.

Latvia

Latvia may be a small spot on the world map, but the hospitality, history, culture, adventure, and people will take up a big part of your heart if you choose this Baltic country as your YFU destination.

Our programmes to Latvia

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year arts specialization programme with departure in August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Latvian is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.
  • SLEP test with a basic score of at least 40 points is required for non-European students.
  • Arts programme: A portfolio must be submitted with the application.

Lithuania

Want to visit a wonderful country on the Baltic Sea? Lithuania is a great place for your exchange year! Lithuania has many beautiful beaches on the Baltic coastline and by numerous lakes and rivers. You can experience all four seasons in Lithuania – a hot and sunny summer, a multicolor fall, a snowy winter, and a green spring.

Our programmes to Lithuania

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year basketball specialization programme with departure in August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Lithuanian is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.

Mexico

Come and see the abundance of Mexican culture as no tourist can. Learn how Aztec, Mayan, and Olmec civilizations, with Spanish influences, form the roots of today’s modern agricultural and industrial Mexican society.

Our programmes to Mexico

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Spanish is NOT required but strongly recommended.

Norway

Mountains. Fjords. Islands. Glaciers. Forests. Nature plays a central role in Norwegian life. As a YFU student you can enjoy the best of outdoor activities in a society that places high value on globalism and personal growth.

Our programmes to Norway

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in January.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 17 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Norwegian is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.

Serbia

This landlocked country straddles the line between East and West not only geographically, but also culturally, politically and religiously. Spend a year here and learn firsthand why Serbians are known for their hospitality, kindness, openness and warmth!

Our programmes to Serbia

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in March or August.
  • 4 week winter holiday programme with departure in December.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Serbian is NOT required but students must attend the introductory language course.

Sweden

Sweden is home to an expansive clean and natural landscape. You can take a swim from the steps of the City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden’s capital, and pick wild flowers and berries almost anywhere.

Our programmes to Sweden

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year arts specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 1 year drama specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month arts specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 6 month drama specialization programme with departure in August.
  • 4 week summer holiday programme with departure in June.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 17 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Swedish is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.
  • Arts programme: Students must have previous experience in their field of study.
  • Drama programme: Students must have basic knowledge of Swedish upon arrival.

Switzerland

Once you see the breath-taking beauty of the Alps, lakes, cities, and castles of Switzerland, you’ll realize why Swiss culture is based on the outdoors. Have a YFU exchange experience in one of the most ecologically aware countries in the world!

Our programmes to Switzerland

  • 1 year high school exchange programme incl. language course with departure in August.
  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 17 years old on the day of departure.
  • Language course is mandatory for students who have studied German for less than 2 years.

The Netherlands

As an exchange student in Holland, you’ll most certainly hear the words, “We’re only a small nation…” Don’t miss the pride behind these words: while the Dutch live in a small country, it’s a nation of which they are fiercely proud.

Our programmes to The Netherlands

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in August or December.
  • 6 month high school exchange programme with departure in August or December.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 18 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Dutch is NOT required but students must be willing and motivated to learn the language.

Venezuela

When the plane arrives in Caracas, Venezuela’s capital city, you will see a modern city in a colorful valley. The people you meet will welcome you warmly – Venezuelans enjoy introducing visitors to the charms and richness of their country.

Our programmes to Venezuela

  • 1 year high school exchange programme with departure in September.
  • 8 week short programme with departure in June.

Application requirements

  • Students must be between 15 and 17 years old on the day of departure.
  • Prior knowledge of Spanish is NOT required but highly recommended.