A Journey of a Lifetime


$1.6 million

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250,000+ Students Exchange

Long History

Who We Are

For learners of all ages who want a life-changing cultural exchange experience, YFU offers a wide range of opportunities lasting from a few weeks to many months, designed to engage individuals at various points in their lives. As a staff and volunteer-supported network of more than 70* international partners, we help participants broaden their perspective through immersive experiences that share a culture from the inside out, promoting the understanding that we are all citizens of one world. Mission: YFU advances intercultural understanding, mutual respect and social responsibility through educational exchanges for youth, families and communities.

Diversity Statement

Youth For Understanding USA, consistent with its commitment to international understanding, does not discriminate in making its admissions and placement decisions on the basis of race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion or gender. Students with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply, and will be accommodated to the best of our ability.
Featured Scholarships

Olive Tree Foundation

A full scholarship is available to African-American students attending urban public high schools in Michigan or South Carolina, with a focus on the Detroit Metro area in Michigan, and Beaufort and Charleston counties in South Carolina. Non-U.S. citizens may apply. Scholarship recipient will be responsible for the application fee, any visa fees, and personal spending money.


641 S Street NW, Suite 200 Washington DC 20001

YFU Stiftung

YFU's scholarship for minority high school students to study abroad in Germany.


641 S Street NW, Suite 200 Washington DC 20001

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