Going on exchange provides you with a unique opportunity to travel and study overseas with the support of a worldwide network of YFU Student Exchange organisations, a volunteer host family, a school and its community and local support people.
YFU Student Exchange organisations around the world all agree to implement a set of quality exchange program standards for the operation of exchange programs. Each organisation’s performance is monitored on a yearly basis. You can be assured that all YFU Student Exchange organisations operate to the highest professional standards for the safety, security and well being of students and families.
Programmes and duration
Deciding on how long you want to go abroad is crucial. YFU’s philosophy is that an exchange student only manages to fully integrate and immerse into a new culture over a period of 1 year. Therefore, we regard the 1-year high school exchange as our Golden Standard programme. However, there are also programmes of shorter duration, namely semester programmes (6 months) and short exchanges that typically last 6-8 weeks.
Besides the usual high school programme, there are programmes with specialization in sports, visual arts, film/movies, fashion, tourism, nature, catering, archaeology, music, drama and dance.
YFU’s exchange programmes generally start at two different times per year, namely late December or January, and July/August of each year. Some YFU countries only offer programmes that start in July/August, so it is important that you make sure about this before making a final decision.