YFU Legacy Grant

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. Previous language study may be required.


Fall Semester, Fall Year, Spring semester, Spring Year, Summer, Trimester



Grant Amount

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


  • The YFU Legacy Grant (formerly the Community Grant) is available to the children, grandchildren, or siblings of YFU alumni, as well as the children and grandchildren of volunteers, host families, and YFU staff members. Participants of YFU’s Virtual Exchange program are also eligible. To qualify for the Grant, volunteers, and host families must have hosted and/or volunteered with YFU for a combined 3-month period prior to the grantee’s departure. Hosting and/or volunteer participation does not have to be within the departure year of the student.

  • Open to students applying to any YFU program.

  • 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 to be considered eligible. 

Age Requirements

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

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

Application Fees

$75 (non-refundable)

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

Grant Recipients are Responsible for

  • Passport

  • Visa fees (if necessary)

  • Any excess luggage tariffs

  • 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.

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

  • 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.


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.