Exchange Student Tips

What Studying Abroad Does For You


What will I do during my exchange?

You will experience life just like a US student! You’ll join extracurricular activities, explore the town and local attractions, and spend time with your host family or campus community.

What if I have a problem with my housing?

All students are assigned an Area Representative who is available for support. There is also a 24 hour emergency hotline if there is a situation that needs attention

How are host families selected?

YFU USA carefully screens potential host families through a complete application and interview process. Most host families attend orientations before students arrive, and receive training on YFU policies and procedures as well as advice on how to best support you during your exchange. In the US, a criminal background check (CBC) is conducted on adult members of the family (18+ years old). Community references are contacted to evaluate whether the family would be appropriate for an exchange student. YFU accepts all different types of families, and you can choose to live with your relatives, which you can only do with an F1 visa program.

How are residence halls secured?

These student halls are highly secured and staffed by school personnel 24 hours a day. The residential house “parents” work tirelessly to provide a supportive, nurturing home for their residents, and are always available to help in any situation.

What additional costs should I budget for that are not included in the school’s tuition or YFU program fee?

While majority of the major fees for your exchange experience is included in YFU’s program fees and school’s tuition, the following items are not included in the program fee and school tuition; Passport and visa fees such as application costs, travel costs to consulates or embassies for in-person visits, postage, medical exams; additional school expenses such as books, notebooks, and uniforms; optional trips planned by the host family or school; personal spending money