Program Details

Once you see the breath-taking beauty of the Alps, lakes, cities, and castles of Switzerland, you'll realize why Swiss culture revolves around nature and the outdoors. Have a YFU exchange in one of the most ecologically aware countries in the world.
Bern, Switzerland
Program Type:
Study Abroad
Degree Level:
High School
Academic Year

Program Overview

Program Description:

Study and attend high school in French or German speaking Switzerland. YFU students are enrolled in a Gymnasium/college, which is a high school for university bound students, which will look great on any college applicaiton! Regardless of the language specific area you choose, you'll have a chance to develop your language skills as you take classes and interact with your host family. Your Swiss family will help you adjust and give you the opportunity to practice your language outside the classroom. As you explore the mountains, lakes and cities of Switzerland, you'll gain an appreciation for the Swiss way of life. Whether you spend your time exploring mountain slopes or city streets, Switzerland will be a place to remember.


Please note there is a two year language requirement for our French Switzerland program. Please visit the YFU website for details and optional language training available in Switzerland.


Youth For Understanding USA's (YFU) high school study abroad program is an experience that will immerse you in the lives, language, 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. 

YFU programs make a lasting, life-changing impact on young people. YFU students return as young adults 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. 

Setting Description:
Once you see the breathtaking beauty of the Alps, lakes, and farms of Switzerland, you'll realize why Swiss culture is based in the outdoors. Have a YFU exchange experience in one of the most ecologically aware countries in the world where hiking, skiing, and other outdoor sports are right in your backyard. Home to four distinct cultures and languages, this tiny nation is famous for its independence and neutrality.
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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