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Argentina, "the silver one," is a country big enough to fascinate you endlessly, yet intimate enough to make you love it forever. Spend a year, summer, or semester learning Spanish and exploring the culture, history, and landscape.
The best way to really know Australia, beyond kangaroos, koalas, the kiwi bird, "the land down under" or "The Lord of the Rings," is to experience it first hand. Participating in a YFU exchange to Australia is a dinky-di (genuine) experience that tourists can't replicate.
Landlocked giant mountains, green valleys, and lakes in Central Europe make Austria the most forested country in Europe for you to spend a year or semester.
Home to the headquarters of the European Union and NATO, among many other multilateral organizations, Belgium offers you a chance to immerse yourself in the history, culture, and epicenter of today's global community.
Get your infusion of Brazilian culture and explore the pleasures of Brazil! From the samba filled streets of Rio de Janeiro to the sun-drenched beaches of Copacabana to the intricate web of rivers and jungles of the Amazon, there's always something new to explore!
This small picturesque country occupies the northeastern part of the Balkan peninsula. Bulgaria is the size of Tennessee and has existed more than 13 centuries in Europe, linking East and West. Travel to Bulgaria and discover the pine forests, lost lakes and mountains!
Want to go to the end of the world? Then Chile is the place for you! You might explore the Antarctic with its glaciers, the botanic wonderland of the Juan Fernandez Islands, or Easter Island with its famous giant statues, the Moais.
Discover China and get an in-depth view of the amazing history, culture and society of this ancient civilization as it enters the 21st century!
Rich with history, the Czech Republic may be a small country but it has much to offer. From its picturesque heritage sites to its charming villages, you will find the country's beauty can also be found in its warm and welcoming people and vibrant culture. Try learning the Czech language and don't miss the delicious cuisine!
You will undoubtedly experience many moments of what the Danes call hygge, a special word for comfort that means an all-embracing feeling of warmth and well-being. Hygge may come when you are eating with your host family or laughing with friends at a club.
When you choose to live in Ecuador, you choose a country that straddles the equator and is home to the descendants of the great Inca empire. Discover this rich heritage as a YFU exchange student and you will understand Ecuadorian culture as few visitors do.
Estonia may be a small spot on the world map, but the hospitality, history, culture, adventure, and people will take up a big part of your heart if you choose this Baltic country as your YFU destination.
Contrary to popular belief, Finland has relatively warm summers. Finnish Lapland is home to the Midnight Sun, when the sun doesn't set at all for two months! The snowy Finnish winter provides an excellent opportunity for winter sports such as skiing, snowboarding, and ice hockey throughout the country.
Language. Art. Architecture. Religion. Food. Fashion. Business. Technology. Industry. It only takes a day to traverse the beautiful landscape from north to south of this country, but it takes so much longer to truly understand her culture and people.
Germany is a breathtakingly beautiful country with an exciting and diversely modern culture at every turn. Many exchange students have been happy to call Germany home!
Akwaaba! Welcome to Ghana! Expect to be greeted warmly in this fascinating and beautiful African nation. A mixture of Christian, Muslim, and traditional African religions, Ghana's diverse ethnic composition offers a thriving culture to discover.
Philoksenia is a combination of philo -- to love -- and xenos -- stranger or guest. As a YFU summer student in Greece, you will undoubtedly experience philoksenia wherever you go, whatever you do, and especially within your host family.
A rare blend of the old and new, this 1,000-year-old country is quickly becoming one of Central Europe's hippest. From beach resorts and wine vineyards to vibrant cities, Hungary has much to offer the imagination.
Does your thirst for adventure have you craving something new? Welcome to exotic India.
Language. Art. Architecture. History. Religion. Food. Fashion. Italy has so many things to offer! Like Rome, it will take much more than a day to discover everything and to become a part of the unique culture that defines Italy.
East and West. Tradition and innovation. Industry and family. Shinkansen (bullet train) and tatami (straw mats). Hospitality and privacy. As a YFU student in Japan, you'll discover a land of contrasts.
Located in Central Asia, the peaceful Republic of Kazakhstan has long been a crossroads of diversity.
Come to South Korea to learn about its ancient heritage and tradition as well as see how the new South Korea, the "Asian Tiger," is now a major player in the global community. Learn about a culture as different from U.S. culture as East is from West.
Latvia may be a small spot on the world map, but the hospitality, history, culture, adventure, and people will take up a big part of your heart if you choose this Baltic country as your YFU destination.
Want to visit a wonderful country on the Baltic Sea? Lithuania is a great place for your exchange year! Lithuania has many beautiful beaches on the Baltic coastline and by numerous lakes and rivers. You can experience all four seasons in Lithuania -- a hot and sunny summer, a multicolor fall, a snowy winter, and a green spring.
Come and see the abundance of Mexican culture as no tourist can. Learn how Aztec, Mayan, and Olmec civilizations, with Spanish influences, form the roots of today's modern agricultural and industrial Mexican society.
As an exchange student in Holland, you’ll most certainly hear the words, "We’re only a small nation…" Don’t miss the pride behind these words. While the Dutch live in a small country, it’s a nation of which they are fiercely proud.
The best way to really know New Zealand, beyond kangaroos, koalas, the kiwi bird, "the land down under" or "The Lord of the Rings," is to experience it first hand. Participating in a YFU exchange to New Zealand is a dinky-di (genuine) experience that tourists can't replicate.
Mountains. Fjords. Islands. Glaciers. Forests. Nature plays a central role in Norwegian life. As a YFU student you can enjoy the best of outdoor activities in a society that places high value on globalism and personal growth.
Bievenido a Paraguay! Paraguay is a landlocked nation that offers something for everyone who loves the outdoors and nature and people who want to learn more about history. Visiting Paraguay is a once in a lifetime experience, and this program is the newest addition to the YFU family!
Copernicus, Chopin, and Pope John Paul II were happy to call Poland home and you will be too. You will find your stay in Poland adventurous, educational, and full of opportunities to make life-long friends and understand historic and modern-day Poland.
Romania is a southeastern European country occupying the northeastern part of the Balkan Peninsula. Historic villages and castles, fertile plains, and majestic mountains will charm you and invite to visit. Romania is nearly the size of Oregon and the Carpathian Mountains cover about one-third of the country. If you enjoy wildlife you may want to visit the broad, swampy Danube delta, the largest in Europe, with its wild animals, such as bears, wolves, wild boars, and lynx. It is also a paradise for birdwatchers.
Living with a Russian host family is an ideal way of learning about the people, language, and culture of this influential country. Embark on a journey through Russia's history, tradition, and national culture.
This landlocked country straddles the line between East and West not only geographically, but also culturally, politically and religiously. Spend a year here and learn firsthand why Serbians are known for their hospitality, kindness, openness and warmth!
You will enjoy this peaceful Central European country with historic towns and beautiful scenery, hospitable people, and remarkable cultural events.
Explore a diverse environment as you get to know South African people whose cultures began in many different places around the world!
"Estoy contento de haber venido a España" may be your motto while you're in Spain. It means "I'm happy to be in Spain." As a YFU student, you will become part of a family, attend school, and live there long enough to understand what it means to be Spanish!
Sweden is home to an expansive clean and natural landscape. You can take a swim from the steps of the City Hall in Stockholm, Sweden's capital, or pick wild flowers and berries almost anywhere.
Once you see the breath-taking beauty of the Alps, lakes, cities, and castles of Switzerland, you'll realize why Swiss culture is based on the outdoors. Have a YFU exchange experience in one of the most ecologically aware countries in the world.
Known as the Land of Smiles, Thailand is full of tradition and adventure -- whether it's trekking through the forests on elephant, taking a voyage down the Chao Praya River, visiting the beach resorts, or simply meditating at Wat Pho (temple of the Reclining Buddha).
The Republic of Turkey is a Eurasian country that stretches across Western Asia and Southeastern Europe. Home to over 70 million inhabitants, Turkey borders 8 countries and the Mediterranean Sea to the South. Under the leadership of modern Turkey's founding hero, Kemal Ataturk, the country embraced democratic ideals and has become increasingly integrated with the West.
Uruguay offers picturesque scenery of beaches, dunes, and large lagoons. Experience the intimate beauty of Uruguay, where the people are warm and the land is welcoming. You'll enjoy getting to know the people of this small but unique country.
When the plane arrives in Caracas, Venezuela's capital city, you will see a modern city in a colorful valley. The people you meet will welcome you warmly -- Venezuelans enjoy introducing visitors to the charms and richness of their country.
Vietnam is an Asian country full of contrasts and variety - from the tropical coastline to the lush mountain valleys and terraced rice fields, visitors can see traditional charm and increasing modern influences.