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What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in Netherlands, 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
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Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Stud...
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

Winter/Spring 2019 programs: Jan. 1, 2001 - Jan. 1, 2004. Fall 2019 programs: August 1, 2001 - July 31, 2004. Students who do not meet these age requirements will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.


Dutch. Students are encouraged to begin learning Dutch as soon as they apply to the program with the assistance of a language training app and will be tested online prior to the program. Upon arrival, students will receive access to an online platform for further language learning.

Host Family Placement

Students are placed throughout the country, but it is rare to be placed in big cities like Amsterdam or Rotterdam.


From early autumn until summer. There is a six-week summer vacation, a two-week vacation at Christmas, and one-week vacations in the fall, in early spring, and at Easter.


An optional 4-day excursion to a European city such as Prague or Paris is usually offered in spring at an additional cost.

As an exchange student in the Netherlands, you'll most certainly hear the words, "We're only a small nation!" Don't miss the pride behind these words: while the Dutch live in a small country, it's a nation of which they are very proud.
Learn more about Netherlands.

Academic Year, Semester, and Trimester Programs

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


School: You will be enrolled in either HAVO (senior secondary education) or VWO (pre-university school) where you’ll find a relaxed atmosphere, and will be expected to study just as hard as you do here in the US. Students will most likely be placed in either 10th or 11th grade and choose subject tracks focused on culture, economics, health, or technology. All students will study Dutch, English, another modern language, math, science, social studies, art, and physical education, in additional to other optional electives like philosophy, Latin, or computer science. Most students will travel to school by bicycle, rain or shine, though there is also an extensive public transport system throughout the country. 


Orientations: All students applying for the trimester, 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 the Netherlands, students will attend a 4-day arrival orientation, which includes intensive language training to prepare students to be successful in Dutch schools. Year students will also participate in a mid-year orientation and all will have a re-entry orientation towards the end of their programs to reflect on their experiences.


Extracurriculars: Dutch schools usually don't offer extracurricular activities, but YFU students are definitely encouraged to get involved in sports, clubs, or teams offered by their host communities in order to pursue their passions and make new friends outside of school.


Optional Excursions: YFU Netherlands organizes a trip for all students to a major European city in the spring. The destination of this expedition varies from year to year, but previous trips have gone to cities like Prague and Paris and included activities like tours and museum visits. This four-day trip is offered to students at an additional cost of about €250 to €350.


Year and Spring Semester students may have the option to participate in the YFU Young Europeans' Seminar, a weeklong program of seminars, educational workshops, inspiring guest speakers, panel discussions, and other activities.  The Seminar takes place in Germany in late June and is attended by around 500 other YFU exchange program participants from across the continent. Space is limited and participation requires an additional application and fee.


Tuition Includes

-Placement with a host family
-Enrollment in a local Dutch 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 Netherlands Area Representative while on program
-Comprehensive Insurance


Additional Information

Visa Information: Information concerning Visas will be provided upon enrollment. 


Additional Costs: As part of the visa process, students will be required to register for a residence permit in the before they depart for the Netherlands. The cost for a residence permit in the Netherlands is approximately €650. Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.  




Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year
Spring Year

0090 *
1280 *

mid August
early January

early July
late December

Fall Semester
Spring Semester

0635 *
0875 *

mid August
early January

late December
early July

Fall Trimester

1385 *

mid August

early November


* Programs also available to graduates