YFU Mongolia Adult Program

YFU’s only short-term, adult-centered program allows you to both live the nomadic lifestyle and experience life in Ulaanbaatar, the capital and most populous city of Mongolia. We invite participants from 18 to 118 to experience life as you have never experienced before in Mongolia! Departing June 2024.

+ More About Mongolia

Mongolia is the perfect destination for anyone looking the chance to experience a country still in touch with its nature and ancient traditions. A place rich in tradition, you’ll experience both the city and the steppe

As a YFU participant, you will spend 1 week living with a nomadic family and 1 week living with a new family in the capital city of Ulaanbaatar. While in Ulaanbaatar, celebrate the traditional festival Naadam with your host family and other YFU participants

+ Scholarships Available

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, needs-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Mongolia:

YFU Legacy Grant

+ Programs & Tuition

Adult Summer Short-Term: $7,499

Summer departure application and deposit are due May 1st.

  • You must submit a $1000 deposit in order to complete your enrollment.
  • Tuition balance must be paid in full by May 15th.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. Please visit the embassy website to learn more.

Additional Costs

Participants are responsible for obtaining a passport prior to departure. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Choose Your Program

+ Adult Summer Short-Term Program

As a YFU participant in Mongolia, you will live with a nomadic host family for the first week and with a host family in the city of Ulaanbaatar during the second part of your stay.


YFU’s program to Mongolia consists of a two-week homestay, the first week with a nomadic host family, and the second with a family residing in the city of Ulaanbaatar. While your evenings and weekends will be spent with both families, your days will include sight seeing and educational expeditions organized by YFU. Volunteers and staff from the YFU Mongolia office will serve as your chaperones while on program and assist you where needed.

July 1 • Arrive at Chinggis Khaan International Airport Ulaanbaatar, shuttle bus to hotel, arrival orientation

July 2-8 • Departure to Nomadic host family in Jarga lant soum, Tuv province

July 8 • Arrive in Ulaanbaatar and stay at a hotel

July 9-13 • Cultural activities and time with city host families

July 13 • YFU Mongolia farewell party and pre-departure seminar

July 14 • Departure to home country, International flight from Ulaanbaatar

Important Information

Due to the temporary yurt accommodations typical of the countryside and the exposed conditions especially in rural Mongolia, this trip requires the willingness to do without comfort from time to time.

Physical fitness and experience with outdoor or adventure travel are advantages. In addition, the willingness to be adaptable is a plus to enjoy the accommodation with host families.

Mongolian cuisine is very rich in meat. Although a vegetarian diet is easily possible in Ulaanbaatar, this poses a more significant challenge in rural areas. Participants with a vegetarian diet should be aware of this limitation.

Age Requirement

  • 2024 Summer Departures: Adults must be at least 18 years of age upon arrival in Mongolia. Anyone born before July 1, 2006 are welcome to apply. There is no upper age limit!
  • Younger persons born after July 1, 2006 will not be considered for admission as this is an adult program.
Adult Short-Term Late June Mid July $7,499

Tuition Includes

  • 2 days hotel in Ulaanbaatar city
  • 5 day placement with a nomadic host family
  • 5 day placement with a host family in Ulaanbaatar
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Arrival seminar and farewell party
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from YFU support staff while on program
  • Comprehensive adventure insurance

Host Family Placement

Participants will be placed with 2 carefully-selected Mongolian host families.