Program Details

Hygge (pronounced 'hooga') is a traditional Danish word meaning "creating a warm atmosphere and enjoying the good things in life with good people." As a YFU student in Denmark, you'll get to experience hygge wherever you go and whatever you do!
Copenhagen, Denmark
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Academic Year, Fall Semester, Spring Semester, Winter Semester

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. Previous language study is not required.


Live with a Danish host family while attending the local school.  The Danish equivalent of high school is divided among three different types of schools:gymnasiums offer general academic education, business schools offer business and commercial studies, and technical schools offer technical and vocational training.  Compulsory subjects will be Danish language and literature, history, and foreign languages. You will also be able to participate in a wide range of optional classes and may have the opportunity to participate in a school study tour in Europe. 


Students seeking a specialized education are encouraged to apply for the Danish Classical Music Program. Students who are accepted to this program will still attend a local high school and live with a host family, but will also take individualized and group music lessons. As part of the program, they will also attend concerts and music-themed school trips.

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:
You will experience many moments of what the Danes call hygge, a special word meaning an all-embracing feeling of warmth and comfort. Like its Scandinavian neighbors, Denmark has historically been considered one of the most socially progressive cultures in the world. The birthplace of Legos, this country is also known for its extensive public bike and hiking trails.
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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