We are now accepting applications for students to go on exchange from January 2021.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, YFU Student Exchange reacted responsibly by cancelling all programs globally and repatriating students so that they could be in the care of their natural families at this time of crisis. The strength of YFU is deeply embedded in our strong global network of YFU Member Organisations and although we are all facing challenging times, we are working together to plan for the future.
We are now preparing, planning and focusing on providing our students with the very best international exchange experiences in 2021 because we are Youth for Understanding.
The world will reopen and when it does YFU Student Exchange will be ready.


Discovery sessions

YFU Student Exchange holds Discovery Sessions regularly. Currently all sessions are being held live online. Register now and discover your exchange.

How to Apply

Learn more about the six step process you will complete on your way to starting your new adventure overseas!

Host a Student

Hosting an exchange student can be one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences for your whole family.

Student Exchange programs to over 25 destinations

If you are between 15-18 years, a Youth for Understanding (YFU) Student Exchange program offers a unique opportunity to explore the world in a safe and supported way. You can choose from programs lasting 2-12 months to over 25 destinations worldwide. You get to:
  • Live like a local
  • Attend high school overseas
  • Become part of your host family

The benefits of an exchange program can set you apart from your peers:

  • Become fluent in another language
  • Gain confidence and independence
  • Make friends from around the world
  • Learn about another culture
  • See the world with new eyes
  • Experience school like never before

Key FAQs

We know it’s a lot to take in, but we’ve got some quick answers to common questions to help get you started!

Details about our easy 6 step application process can be found here

Attend one of our Information Sessions. All the dates, locations and links to register can be found here.

Don’t forget if you REGISTER for and ATTEND one of our in-person Information Evenings and you automatically get $100 off your program fee.

Host families are open minded, flexible, tolerant and have a sense of humour. They are keen to learn about another country and culture and share their own lives and experiences with their student.

If your family would like to become a host family, you will need to meet some requirements:

Find out more HERE

Become a Host Family!

Hosting an exchange student can be one of the most memorable and rewarding experiences for your whole family! Being a host family means opening your home, hearts and minds to a young person from overseas.

Students will all arrive with a basic level of English and be very keen to improve their language skills through every day communication.

You can host a student for 2, 3, 5 or 10 months. 

Click the link below to start our online application process.

Get $100 off your program!

Simply register and attend one of our in-person Information Evenings and you will automatically get $100 off your program fee.