What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Chile, or maybe all regions. And I'm looking for something with a traditional exchange  and I definitely want to show off my need for  any language skills. Can I go whenever?
  • All around the world.

    all regions
    Africa & Middle East
    Asia & Pacific
    Eastern Europe
    Latin America
    Scandinavian Countries
    Western Europe
    North America
  • Pick a place, any place.

    Say what?

    Any language requirements?

    Any Yes No
  • What I'm into.

    a traditional exchange
    a gap year option
    college & university programs
    language classes
    a connection to the Arts
    sports & outdoors
    a volunteer program
  • How long I want to go.

    All program lengths

    When can I leave?

    May to September
    December to March

I'm not sure what I want, can I see all the options?

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Scholarships Available

352 - Founder's Scholarship
348 - Key Club/Key Leader Scholarshi...
353 - Presidential Scholarship
378 - The Grand Forks Scheels Schola...
289 - World Affairs Council of North...
368 - YFU Community Grant

Age Requirement

Students must be born between January 1, 1998 and August 1, 2001. Students who do not meet this age requirement or who will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.


Spanish. Previous language study is not required, but recommended.

Host Family Placement

Throughout the country. Students are rarely placed in large urban centers.


March to July and July to December, with a summer vacation from January until March.


Students have the option of going on a 10-day tour of South Chile, which visits 10 different cities and villages and ends with a 3-day stay in Santiago.

Want to go to the tip of the Earth? You might explore the Antarctic with its glaciers, the botanic wonderland of the Juan Fernandez Islands, or Easter Island with its famous giant statues, the Moai.
Learn more about Chile.

Summer Volunteer Program

YFU is excited to offer an exciting summer volunteer opportunity for students aged 18-23! Travel to Chile for a three-month stay with an indigenous family in Chile's southern region - referred to as the 9th region. Participate in agricultural volunteer activities such as animal husbandry, beekeeping, and many more! You'll also have the opportunity to take part in community culture classes, where you'll learn about and practice Chilean traditions such as Mapundugan dance, Chilean cooking techniques, and traditional music. Basic knowledge of Spanish is helpful, but not required. This program is a great way to gain valuable volunteer experience while also immersing yourself in the beauty and tradition of Chilean culture!




Academic Programs

During your time in Chile, you will live with a host family and attend a local school. Part of your exchange experience will be:

School: Most students attend private schools and are placed in the third year of high school studies. Courses at any type of schools are generally compulsory so you will not have a large degree of flexibility when it comes to selecting classes. Students will study Spanish, math, history, science, music, art and physical education.

Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Chile, students will have will have an arrival, a mid-year, and a re-entry orientation to meet with other exchange students from all over the world and reflect on their experiences.

Optional Excursions: YFU Chile offers a 10-day trip to South Chile in April. On this trip, students travel by bus to 10 different cities or villages and have the opportunity to explore cultural and historic sites and appreciate Chilean culture, food, and traditions. The trip ends with a 3-day stay in Santiago, Chile's capital and largest city. This trip is offered to students at an additional cost, and this cost includes transportation, food, lodging, and entrance fees to any group site visits. Students will learn more about this trip after arrival in Chile.

Additional Costs: YFU will pay for registration and tuition fees for enrollment in school, but students must cover the costs of textbooks, uniforms, activity fees, and transportation (approx. $100 per month).

Visa Information:  The visa process for students going to Chile is complicated and may involve multiple trips to a consulate.  While students are on the exchange program in Chile, their parents may be required to visit the consulate again to obtain additional visa documents. Students requiring a visa may need to initiate an FBI background check as part of the visa application process.  This background check can take 12 weeks or more to complete, so it is recommended that students initiate this process as soon as possible. Please visit the Embassy of Chile webpage and find the consulate that has jurisdiction over your state for more information. Beginning in July 2014, the Chilean Government now requires that all foreign students under the age of 18 bring a copy of their birth certificate translated to Spanish and legalized in the Chilean consulate. This document is in addition to the natural parent authorization to leave Chile which also must be legalized at the Chilean Consulate. Students are responsible for paying all fees associated with obtaining the visa, including travel to the consulate or embassy if necessary. 

Music Program

Students who attend the music program in Chile will reap the benefits of attending core academic subjects in the mornings, and specialized music courses in the afternoons. These may include composition, or courses specific to one instrument. Students should submit information about their musical background with their application, and will take an entrance exam upon arrival at their Chilean school.

Tuition Includes

-Placement with a host family
-Enrollment in a local Chilean high school
-Airport transfers
-Domestic and international travel
-All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
-Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
-Support from a YFU Chile Area Representative while on program 

Program tuition does not include personal spending money. YFU Chile recommends that students plan for about $200 for every month that they are on program. 

Application Deadline 

The application deadline for all 2016 winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1, 2015. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1, 2015. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15, 2016. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!

Programs Code Departure Return Tuition
Academic Year
Academic Year Winter
Fall Year Music
Winter Year Music

0031 *
0433 *
1365 *
1364 *

late July
early January
late July
mid January

early July
early January
late June
early January

Academic Semester
Fall Semester Music
Spring Semester Music

0216 *
1359 *
0141 *

late July
late July
mid January

early January
early January
late June

Summer Volunteer Abroad Program

1297 *

early June

late August


* Programs also available to graduates