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

Fall 2019 programs: October 1, 2001 - July 31, 2004. Summer 2019 programs: June 1, 2001-June 1, 2004. Students who do not meet this age requirement or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.


Romanian. Romanian is a romance language related to Spanish, Reto-Roman, and French. It is very similar to Italian. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

May be located throughout the country, often in medium-sized cities with a carefully selected, native Romanian-speaking host family.


Begins in mid-September and ends in mid-June, with Christmas and Easter vacations.


Students will participate in a Reentry Orientation at the Black Sea at the end of their time in Romania. While in the Black Sea area, students will have the opportunity to enjoy all that the Black Sea has to offer in high season.

Historic villages and castles, fertile plains, and the majestic Carpathian mountains are just some of the things that YFU students to Romania get to see and experience!
Learn more about Romania.

Summer Program

If discovering new cultures and people appeals to you, try out a five-week homestay in Romania! You'll live with a Romanian host family and have an opportunity to immerse yourself in Romanian, absorb the colorful culture, and make new friends in your local community. Since school is not in session while you are there, you have a high degree of flexibility with how you wish to spend your time. YFU Romania will organize activities for all of the YFU exchange students from around the world who chose to make Romania their home for the summer. You can also spend time joining extracurricular clubs, playing local sports, attending local fairs and events, and even volunteering in the community you live in! You'll begin your program with an arrival orientation to prepare you for your experiences abroad, and then you'll have a chance to reflect on your time during a re-entry orientation at the Black Sea.

Academic Year and Semester Programs

As a YFU student in Romania, you will live with a Romanian host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School: YFU exchange students will attend a Romanian public high school, called Liceu or Colegiu (college-preparatory school) and take classes in one of two main fields of study: sciences or humanities. A ten-point grading system is used, with the highest level being 10 and 5 denoting a passing grade. Your school will place you according to your age and previous academic performance, usually in the 10th or 11th grade. Gap year students will most likely be placed in the 12th grade, although it will be up to your school to decide. Enrollment in bilingual English, German, Spanish, or French classes is possible.


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 Romania, students will attend a 3-day orientation seminar along with YFU exchange students from all over the world. Students staying for the full academic year will have the chance to participate in a mid-year international orientation seminar run by YFU Romania, which includes a city tour and cultural visits. During this seminar you will have the opportunity to meet international students currently spending their exchange year in Bulgaria, Moldova, and Greece. You'll end your incredible experience in Romania with a two-day re-entry orientation. All orientations costs are included in program tuition.

Language Classes: A Romanian basic language course is available for an additional fee of approximately 500 Euro. This price includes two weeks of language lessons upon arrival as well as assignments and tutoring by YFU staff. After two weeks, students are provided with a booklet and CD so they can continue their language classes in their Romanian host city.


Tuition Includes

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

Aditional Infomation 

Visa Information: Please note that students should be prepared to pay a €130 (approximate) residence permit fee to the Romanian National Authority for Foreigners. Further information about visas will be provided upon enrollment. 


Additional Costs: Program tuition does not include personal spending money or school-related costs such as books and school trips.  


Important Information: Students who have previously participated in an exchange year or semester in another country are ineligible for the Romania year and semester programs.


Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year


late August

late June

Fall Semester


late August

mid January



late June

late July