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YFU offers over 200 full and partial merit-based scholarships and needs-based financial aid to students every year.

To be considered for scholarship awards, students must meet the eligibility requirements listed on the individual Scholarship Information pages below and demonstrate characteristics like flexibility, tolerance and open-mindedness. In addition to the standard application and fee (if required), students also need to submit essay responses, a host family introduction letter and teacher recommendations by the scholarship deadline. Students can apply for multiple scholarships and pay only one fee.

Through the generosity of numerous corporations, governments, foundations and individuals, YFU awards more than $2.3 million in partial or full study abroad scholarships annually. Students are encouraged to consider all of their scholarship options and apply to as many as they qualify for by the December 1 scholarship application deadline!

Founder's Scholarship

YFU Scholarship Information Sheet

At a Glance

Application Deadline

Program Length

December 1

- School Year (summer departure)

Eligible Countries

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.
* Previous language study may be required.

Scholarship Amount

  • One $3,000 scholarship to be used towards the program tuition for a year-long program in one of the countries listed above. Scholarship recipient will be responsible for the remaining cost of the program tuition. Please see individual country pages for program tuition information.


  • Open to students with freshman, sophomore, junior or senior standing at the time the application is submitted.
  • Selection priority will be given to students who are recommended by a YFU volunteer, host family or alumnus.
  • Students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale.
  • Previous participants on a YFU exchange and children of employees of YFU are not eligible for this scholarship. 
  • Previous participants on a long-term exchange with another exchange organization may not be eligible for all country choices.

Age Requirements

  • Applicant's birth date must fall between September 1, 1997 and June 15, 2002. Some countries may have more specific age requirements.

Complete Application Includes:

  • Complete Online Application
  • 1 Teacher Recommendation
  • Host Family Letter
  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions
  • Application Fee (non-refundable)
  • Health Certificate
  • Parent-student agreement
  • 5 Candid photos
  • 1 passport-style photo (headshot)

Application Fee

  • $75 (non-refundable) Please make check payable to YFU.

Scholarship Covers:

  • Round-trip international travel
  • Round-trip domestic travel
  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents
  • Preparatory materials
  • Support services in host country

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for:

  • Passport
  • Visa fees (if necessary)
  • Any excess luggage tariffs
  • Required overseas medical insurance (many insurance policies will cover students while traveling abroad)
  • Personal spending money
  • Upon returning home, scholarship winners are expected to complete at least one presentation in their school or community to share their experiences, teach others about the culture in their host country, and encourage other students to participate in foreign exchange.
  • Tuition balance not covered by scholarship, due two weeks after award notification





  • All applicants will be notified of their status (via email) in April.


Note: Scholarship programs are subject to change or cancellation without prior notice.


If applying for multiple scholarships, please indicate each scholarship's name and code on your application. All scholarship recipients are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the scholarship selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE or refer to the Scholarships Overview section of this web site.