YFU Germany

YFU exchange students Nuremberg castle Germany

YFU Germany
The history of YFU is also the history of YFU Germany. In 1951, the Government of the United States organised and financed stays for German young people in the United States. In 1957, the former exchange students founded the German Youth for Understanding Committee to keep the exchange programme alive. Today, YFU Germany is run by 2,000 volunteers that are supported and coordinated by the organisation's national office in Hamburg. YFU Germany welcomes around 500 students from 45 countries every year.

Studying in Germany

German secondary education includes five types of school divided in big lines into gymnasiums and vocational education. Depending on your field of study you will attend one of these schools and you will study according to the curriculum. The academic year starts after usually mid or end of August and is divided into two terms. There are typically 12 weeks of holidays throughout the year of which six weeks of summer holiday and two weeks of winter holiday.

YFU Germany offers exchange programmes ranging from summer programmes to semester and year programmes. To apply for one of the exchange programmes, contact the YFU Germany team and don’t miss out on a great opportunity to study and live abroad.

About Germany

The Federal Republic of Germany is a country in Central Western Europe with a population of 82 million people of which 80% live in urban areas. The country is cosmopolitan and democratic with a great tradition and a lively present. One of Europe and world’s strongest economies, Germany offers an innovative education with a long academic tradition. They also have a rich culture of classical music, literature and philosophy and contemporary movie industry. Family remains the most important social reference group and young people have very close bonds with their parents.

Did you know?

  • There are over 300 different kinds of bread in Germany.
  • The first printed book was in German.
  • German is the official language of six European countries: Austria, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Luxembourg and Liechtenstein.

YFU exchange student with host family in traditional German clothing

Contact information

YFU Germany
Office address: Oberaltenallee 6,
22081 Hamburg,

Post address: 76 21 67,
22069 Hamburg,

Tel: +49 40 2270020
Fax: +49 40 22700227
E-mail: info@yfu.de