Culture Connect Scholarship

Eligible Countries

Argentina, Austria, Australia, Belgium-Flanders, Belgium-Wallonia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Korea, Latvia, Lithuania, Mexico, Netherlands, Norway, Paraguay, Poland, Romania, Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Uruguay

Please refer to individual country pages for program duration and departure times.


Fall Semester, Fall Year, Fall Trimester




This is a $5,000 scholarship to one of the programs listed above.

Applicant Eligibility

  • Be a U.S. citizen, national or permanent resident

  • Hold a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale

  • Demonstrate financial need through the completion of a FACTS application. FACTS is an independent, third-party that assesses student eligibility for tuition assistance. For information about FACTS and the application process, please download the FACTS Information Sheet

  • Priority selection will be provided to a student residing in North Carolina, however, all students demonstrating financial need are encouraged to apply for this award.

Age Requirements

Applicants must meet the age requirements defined on the country page of the desired program(s).

Complete Application Includes

  • Complete Online Application

  • 3 Short Answer Essay Questions

  • $75 Application Fee (non-refundable)

  • Candid and Headshot photos

    Additional required information post-application submission includes:

  • Teacher Recommendation

  • Health certificate

  • School certificate

  • Parent-student agreement

  • Interview by YFU Volunteer

  • FACTS application for financial aid, due Feb-28 for Summer/Fall programs or Sept- 15 for all Spring/Winter programs; Set up your FACTS account here. The FACTS application due date is when all required tax forms and financial documentation must be submitted.

Application Fees

  • $75 (non-refundable)

  • $40 FACTS Application Fee to Assess Financial Need (paid directly to FACTS)

Scholarship Covers

  • Round-trip international airline travel

  • Round-trip domestic airline travel

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family

  • Regional orientation for scholarship recipients and parents

  • Preparatory materials

  • Support services in host country

  • Comprehensive Insurance

Scholarship Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport

  • Visa fees (if necessary)

  • Any excess luggage tariffs

  • Personal spending money

  • If a scholarship winner cancels their program less than 30 days before departure, they are responsible for paying for their airfare and cancellation fee.

  • Within one month of returning home, the student must provide a report and photos detailing their exchange experience to YFU.


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

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

  • The FACTS application (due March 15) fee for financial aid assessment is an additional $40, paid to FACTS directly. The applicant can pay $40 and apply for as many financial-need-based scholarships as they qualify and YFU offers. Students must be approved to go on a YFU program before YFU can consider them for financial aid scholarships. For this reason, students may want to wait to submit their FACTS application until after they are accepted into the YFU program.


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.