• Established in 1951
  • Over 50 participating countries
  • Non-profit student exchange program
  • Offices worldwide
  • Volunteer based
  • Open to students aged 15 to 18
  • Promotes world peace through global understanding
  • Offers 24/7 support to students       
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Youth For Understanding (YFU) is one of the oldest, largest and most widely respected non-profit international student exchange organizations in the world.

In today's news...

"If I had a choice, I'd take the number of students that have a significant international exposure and multiply it by 10 or 20," says President of St. Francis Xavier University, Sean Riley, to the Globe and Mail. "It exposes you, it transformes you, changes you as a person - you never see the world in the same way again."

Read the full article, "University Leaders Want More Canadians to Study Abroad," in the Globe and Mail. 


Culture, Adventure and a new Understanding

Get to know a new culture, nation, and language. Have the adventure of a lifetime. It's no secret that the world is out there. Experience it, with Youth for Understanding.

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YFU offers scholarships to qualified applicants on semester and full-year programs. Do you have what it takes? Learn more...

supporting you the whole way

YFU offers students 24/7 support. With staff members and volunteers in both your home and host countries, you always have someone to rely on.

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explore the world

Choose a summer or winter departure from one of our 50 countries available such as:

  • Australia
  • France
  • Japan
  • Denmark

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student story

"My experience was one that can only be expressed as totally enriching!  It was a major point in my life where I grew immensely as an individual."

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