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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!

YFU Community Grant

YFU Scholarship Information Sheet

At a Glance

Application Deadline

Program Length

March 15

- Summer

- Winter

- Spring Semester

- Fall Semester

- School Year (summer departure)

- School Year (winter departure)

Eligible Countries

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

Grant Amount

  • Students who are eligible for the YFU Community Grant will receive a $1,000 discount on their program tuition.


  • The YFU Community Grant is available to alumni, their children, and children of qualified host families and volunteers (must have hosted or volunteered for at least 6 months prior to departure).
  • Open to students applying to any YFU program (excluding Adult Study Tours).
  • Grant will be awarded to all qualifying students upon acceptance to YFU program and verification of Grant eligibility.
  • Year and semester students must hold a minimum 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, summer students must maintain a minimum of 2.0 on a 4.0 scale in order to be considered eligible.

Age Requirements

  • Applicant must meet the age requirements for the program to which they are applying. See country pages for specific age requirements. Please call 1-800-TEENAGE with any questions.

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 Headshot


Application Fee

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

Grant Covers partial tuition, which includes:

  • 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
  • Tuition balance not covered by the grant is due in accordance with YFU payment deadlines

Grant 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 is due two weeks after award notification




  • All applicants will be notified of their status by email.


All recipients are required to travel on the YFU group travel dates, and to complete the entire program. For more information regarding YFU and the program selection process call 1.800.TEENAGE.

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