Program Details

"Lepšia hrst' priatel'stva, ako voz dukátov." This traditional Slovak saying translates to "A handful of friendship is better than a wagonload of gold," and as a YFU student in Slovakia you'll get to experience this sentiment for yourself!
Bratislava, Slovakia
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Academic Year, Fall Semester

Program Overview

Program Description:

Learn the Slovak language as you study in a local school. Between your host family and your classmates, your language skills, already molded by a 5-day intensive program, will become increasingly polished. While in Slovakia, you'll visit historic towns and take in beautiful natural landscapes. You'll also find a community of welcoming people who will introduce you to Slovak culture. As you become accustomed to daily life in Slovakia, you're sure to find many things you won't want to leave behind.


A bilingual school program is available for those students who may want to have English school instruction while in Slovakia. Students will attend most of their traditional classes in English, but will be enrolled in at least one Slovak language and literature course. Students on the bilingual high school program should keep in mind that they may be asked to pay for an additional private school fee.


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 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.Previous language study is not required. 

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:
Enjoy the friendliness and hospitality of your host family in a country with breathtaking landscapes. Slovakia proudly offers an impressive number of national parks and cherishes their unique landscapes. Slovakia also features great man-made beauty, seen in their many cathedrals, fortresses and medieval town centers.
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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