About the YFU exchange students
Who are the YFU exchange students?
Exchange student are usually between 15 and 18 years old. They have different motivations to participate in an exchange program and have different hobbies, and passions.
Where are the YFU exchange students from?
The exchange students are from countries around the world, from Norway to South Africa, from Indonesia to Canada.
How long will the YFU exchange student stay with their host family?
Exchange students usually participate in an exchange program for a couple of weeks, a semester, or a school year. The majority of exchange students participates for a school year. The duration of the exchange student in your home depends on your availability and preferences.
Do the YFU exchange students speak my language?
One of the goals of the exchange program is for the exchange student to learn your language. They also speak English (some more than others), which will help in the initial days after arrival of the exchange student in your home.
How are the YFU exchange students prepared for the exchange experience?
The YFU organization in their home country provides them with rules and guidelines, they meet other students going abroad at the same time at a pre-departure orientation, and they learn about cultural differences and how to approach such situations. After arrival in their host country the exchange students have a post-arrival orientation an get familiar with the basics of the local language and culture of their host country and meet other students from across the globe.
Will the exchange student attend school?
The majority of exchange students attend high school during their exchange. Some exchange students are slightly older and attend college or vocational education.
When do the YFU exchange students arrive?
The arrival of exchange student differs per country and program. A majority of students arrives in July/August and December/January each year for semester and year long exchange programs. Some countries offer short term programs of just a couple of weeks.