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Study in the United Kingdom

In the U.K., accents change noticeably on average every 25 miles!
Which accent will you take on during your exchange?

+ More About the United Kingdom

Visit the United Kingdom and get a taste of beautiful ancient cities, castles, royal gardens, and small villages. Stonehenge, Big Ben, Loch Ness, and Windsor Castle are just some of the incredible sights you may have the chance to explore.

The United Kingdom program gives students a chance to study in England, Wales, or Scotland. Students will be placed in any of these three regions. A land with some of the richest and most dramatic human history, the UK has made significant contributions to the world’s language, technology, culture, and economy. While in the UK, your host family might take you to a barbecue, a local market, or even to the coast, as you will never be too far from the sea! You and your family might eat classic British dishes such as fish and chips, bangers and mash, or shepherd’s pie. You will attend school in the UK and will surely make many new lifelong friends. After school, you and your new friends might play rugby or cricket, two of the most popular sports.

In the land that cultivated historical icons from the Beatles to William Shakespeare to James Bond, you’re sure to take home some incredible character. If you want to explore the rolling hills and romantic coastlines of a country rich with culture, make the United Kingdom your home with YFU!

+ 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 the United Kingdom:

YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund
Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
Karla Topolka Scholarship Fund
Passport to Equity

+ Application Deadline

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and April 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more, you can visit the embassy website.

Additional Costs

Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Program

As a YFU student in the United Kingdom, you’ll live with a local host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience overseas will be:

School

Students will attend a local private Sixth Form School. Sixth Form is the equivalent of high school in the US and helps prepare students for university. Sixth Form consists of two years, with AS exams after the first year and A-level exams after the second. Students select 3 or 4 subjects of their choice, depending on availability, and will also take a more general subject like critical thinking or extended project qualification. The academic expectations placed on students in the UK are high, so be prepared to study hard!

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

When students arrive in the United Kingdom, they will be joined by other students for a 3-day workshop on cultural and social differences. This arrival camp may be held in Ireland or the UK, and includes cultural acitivies and tours. Students then attend a post-arrival orientation in England within 3-4 weeks of the program’s start date. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2024 Fall Departures: Students born September 15, 2005 – August 30, 2008.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will not be considered for admission.
PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2024 Fall Year Mid August Late June $27,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Sixth Form School
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Arrival Camp
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from an YFU Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

English. Students must be fluent.

Host Family Placement

Students will be placed with a carefully-selected local British host family in England, Wales, or Scotland. Students should keep in mind that they could be placed with non-traditional families, meaning they can be placed with any kind of family to include single parent homes with no children and double placements.

+ Semester Programs

As a YFU student in the United Kingdom, you’ll live with a local host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience overseas will be:

School

Students will attend a local private Sixth Form School. Sixth Form is the equivalent of high school in the US and helps prepare students for university. Sixth Form consists of two years, with AS exams after the first year and A-level exams after the second. Students select 3 or 4 subjects of their choice, depending on availability, and will also take a more general subject like critical thinking or extended project qualification. The academic expectations placed on students in the UK are high, so be prepared to study hard!

Orientations

All students applying for the semester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July or early-mid December (Spring departures). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for a Fall program will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

When students arrive in the United Kingdom, they will be joined by other students for a 3-day workshop on cultural and social differences. This arrival camp may be held in Ireland or the UK, and includes cultural acitivies and tours. Students then attend a post-arrival orientation in England within 3-4 weeks of the program’s start date. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2024 Fall Departures: Students born September 15, 2005 – August 30, 2008.
  • 2025 Spring Departures: Students born January 30, 2006 – January 1, 2009.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will not be considered for admission.
PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2024 Fall Semester Mid August Mid January $18,495
2025 Spring Semester Mid January Late June $18,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Sixth Form School
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Arrival Camp
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from an YFU Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

English. Students must be fluent.

Host Family Placement

Students will be placed with a carefully-selected local British host family in England, Wales, or Scotland. Students should keep in mind that they could be placed with non-traditional families, meaning they can be placed with any kind of family to include single parent homes with no children and double placements.

+ Trimester Program

As a YFU student in the United Kingdom, you’ll live with a local host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience overseas will be:

School

Students will attend a local private Sixth Form School. Sixth Form is the equivalent of high school in the US and helps prepare students for university. Sixth Form consists of two years, with AS exams after the first year and A-level exams after the second. Students select 3 or 4 subjects of their choice, depending on availability, and will also take a more general subject like critical thinking or extended project qualification. The academic expectations placed on students in the UK are high, so be prepared to study hard!

Orientations

All students applying for the trimester program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation*, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

When students arrive in the United Kingdom, they will be joined by other students for a 3-day workshop on cultural and social differences. This arrival camp may be held in Ireland or the UK, and includes cultural acitivies and tours. Students then attend a post-arrival orientation in England within 3-4 weeks of the program’s start date. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2024 Fall Departures: Students born September 15, 2005 – August 30, 2008.
  • 2025 Spring Departures: Students born January 30, 2006 – January 1, 2009.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will not be considered for admission.
PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
2024 Fall Trimester Mid August Late December $16,095
2025 Spring Trimester Mid January Early April $16,095

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Sixth Form School
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Arrival Camp
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from an YFU Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Language

English. Students must be fluent.

Host Family Placement

Students will be placed with a carefully-selected local British host family in England, Wales, or Scotland. Students should keep in mind that they could be placed with non-traditional families, meaning they can be placed with any kind of family to include single parent homes with no children and double placements.