Why Go On Exchange

Why Go On Exchange – The Benefits

Being an exchange student is a rewarding but challenging experience during which you will learn a lot about yourself and have some fun as well. You will be immersed in the language and culture of your chosen country and live like a member of your host family, town or local community and gain skills in intercultural learning and understanding. Remember you will not be a tourist.

If you become a YFU exchange student, you will:

Educational Benefits

  • student exchangeGain a deep understanding of another culture and come to better understand your own culture.
  • Learn a new language or significantly improve your current skills in a language through immersion in the language of your host country.
  • Experience school with a different approach to learning.
  • Greater general knowledge and understanding of global issues.


Personal Benefits

  • Gain experience and maturity through the challenges you face on exchange which takes you out of your “comfort zone” that you are used to from your current home and school.
  • Develop increased self confidence and a sense of self reliance.
  • Enjoy the excitement of living in another country with the support and security of a carefully screened and selected host family.
  • Make new friends that will last a life time and who will help you understand the world through “new eyes”.

Career and Future Study Benefits

  • Develop an understanding of career and further study options you haven’t thought of before.
  • Demonstrate your capacity to cope with change which is increasingly valued by your future employers.
  • Return home as someone who is different from other applicants for employment or further study as you demonstrate the skills you acquired in meeting the challenges of the exchange experience.