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What kind of exchange experience do you want?
I want to spend a all program lengths  studying in United Kingdom, 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 Programs: September 2, 2000 - August 31, 2003. Spring Programs: January 2, 2000 - August 31, 2002. Students who do not meet these age requirements will not be considered for admission to the program.



Host Family Placement

Students should keep in mind that they could be placed with non-traditional families, meaning they can be placed with any kind of family to include single parent homes with no children and double placements.


School is in session from September to July, with a summer holiday in between academic years.

In the U.K., accents change noticeably on average every 25 miles! Which accent will you take on during your exchange?
Learn more about United Kingdom.

Academic year and Semester Programs

As a YFU student in the United Kingdom, you’ll live with a local host family and attend a local high school. Host families in the UK are given financial compensation to help cover the costs of having an extra family member. Part of your experience overseas will be:


School: Students will attend a local private Sixth Form School. Sixth Form is the equivalent of high school in the US, and helps prepare students for college. Sixth form consists of two years, with AS exams after the first year and A-level exams after the second. Students select 3 or 4 subjects of their choice, depending on availability, and will also take a more general subject like critical thinking or extended project qualification. The academic expectations placed on students in the UK are high, so be prepared to study hard!


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. All orientation costs are included in program tuition. 


Tuition Includes:

-Placement with a host family
-Enrollment in a local Sixth Form 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 Area Representative while on program
-Comprehensive insurance

Additional Information

Visa Information: Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. 


Additional costs:  Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Programs Code Departure Return Full Tuition
Fall Year


mid August

late December

Fall Semester
Fall Trimester
Spring Semester


mid August
mid August
early January

late January
late January
late June