Program Details

Discover China and get an in-depth view of the amazing history, culture and society of this ancient civilization!
Beijing, China
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Summer

Program Overview

Program Description:

Youth For Understanding USA's (YFU) high school study abroad program is an experience that will immerse you in the lives, languages, cultures, and communities of a real family in one of more than 40 countries around the globe. YFU is a homestay experience where you live with a carefully selected host family who has agreed to open their home and their hearts to you---providing room, board, and a caring home. You'll gain a global family, make new friends, and even attend a new school on academic programs. It is strongly encouraged that students study at least 160 hours of language instruction before departure.


Your 4-week summer adventure in China begins with a short arrival orientation, where you will get a introduction of the country, customs, and lifestyles. You'll experience true Chinese daily life by living with a host family and your language skills will be strengthened while you communicate with your host family members! While staying in Beijing, you will spend the morning enjoying Chinese cultural classes including language instruction, art, martial arts, and sports. In the afternoons you will have free time or will take part in activities organized by YFU China. After three and a half weeks in Beijing, you will have the chance to travel to Shanghai for a 3-day cultural tour.  After the exciting cultural tour, students will return to the US from Shanghai.


Students also have the option of staying for a school year or semester program.  During your time in China, you will live with a host family and attend a local Chinese high school.  Please visit the YFU USA website for additional information.

YFU programs make a lasting, life-changing impact on young people. YFU students return as young adults---more independent, competent, and confident---with a deeper understanding of their family and country. They also discover that the YFU experience opens doors for many years to come, enhancing educational and professional opportunities. National and regional scholarships are available, please see our website for details.

Setting Description:
The heart of the Orient, China has long been fascinating the world with magnificent architecture, great inventions and undeniable charm.� For centuries, the country was isolated, enticing the rest of the world with somber traditions and rich customs. One of the world's oldest continuous civilizations is now an epicenter of economic growth, and it welcomes you to its doors.
Program costs vary by length of program - please see our website for full details.

Additional Program Information

Scholarships Description:
Through the generosity of numerous corporations, governments, foundations and individuals, YFU awards more than $2.3 million in partial or full study abroad scholarships annually.

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