Study Abroad Canada


Program Description

In 1915, author A. A. Milne wrote Winnie the Pooh based on his son's love for a small bear cub named Winnipeg, from Manitoba, that he oftentimes visited at the zoo. As a YFU student in Canada, you too might find your own best friends in Canada's Hundred Acre Wood (more like 2.250 Billion Acre Wood)!


Scholarships available

  • 384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Age Requirement

Spring departure: January 2,000 - January 1, 2003. Fall departure: September 1, 2,000 - September 1, 2003. Students who do not meet this age requirement or who will graduate high school before the start of their program will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis. Students cannot turn 19 while on the program.

  • Language: French and English. Students enrolled in the French Immersion programs must have at least 2 years of previous French language study.
  • Host Family Placement: You'll live with a volunteer Canadian host family and students will be placed in English-speaking host families.
  • School: You will attend a local, English-speaking high school unless you are applying to a French immersion program.
  • Pastimes: Hockey, skiing, snowboarding, camping, hiking, sailing, curling.

Academic Programs

As a YFU student to Canada, you'll live with a volunteer Canadian host family and attend a local high school. Students will be placed in English-speaking host families and schools unless they are applying to a French immersion program. Part of your experience will be:

School: Exchange students are typically placed in schools in grades 10 or 11 and usually study French, English, Science, and Mathematics along with electives in Athletics, Arts, Business, and Languages. The school year is comprised of two semesters of 4 classes each. As an exchange student, you'll have some flexibility to choose the courses that you are interested in or need to take in order to graduate from your US high school.

Extracurricular Activities: YFU students are encouraged to get involved in their local communities by joining local clubs, playing on sports teams, or even volunteering! You'll be able to participate in any extracurricular activities offered at your school, but (like in the US), these activities vary based on the school.

Special Program Offers: Students will have the opportunity to participate in a 4 day Wilderness Camping Adventure at a dog sled park. This tourism trip will cost approx. $650 CAD, which includes all winter camping activities, meals, and lodging. For more information about the activities, visit where you can meet the dogs and get to know your camping buddies!

French Immersion Program

Students on an immersive French language program live with a volunteer Canadian host family and attend a high school in French-speaking Canada. While students will attend all of their classes in French and live in a French-speaking area, there is a possibility that students will be placed in an English-speaking host family. Students on the French immersion program are offered the same orientations, excursions, and extracurriculars as those on traditional academic programs.

Tuition includes

  • Placement with a carefully selected host family
  • Enrollment in a local Canadian (or French-speaking) high school
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post-arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Canada Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive Insurance

Additional Costs: Program tuition does not include transportation to and from school, school uniforms if necessary (approx. $100), school administrative fees (approx. $125), textbooks (approx. $35), and personal spending money. YFU Canada recommends that students plan for about $250 for every month that they are on the program.

Additional Information

Orientations: All students applying for the semester or year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July. This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June. Upon arrival in Canada, students will attend an orientation along with other YFU exchange students from around the world that have chosen to make Canada their home. Year students will have a mid-year orientation, and all students will have a re-entry orientation before they go home to reflect on their experiences. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Visa Information: Information regarding visas and other immigration processes will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more, you can visit the embassy website here: US/Canadian.Embassy

Application Deadline

The application deadline for all winter and spring departure programs (January-March) is October 1. The deadline to apply for scholarships is December 1. The deadline for all summer or fall departure programs (June-September) is March 15. Programs can fill up before the deadline, so we encourage early submission!

Last updated Feb 2018

About the School

YFU’s distinctive brand of cultural exchange opens minds and hearts, enables learning that transforms lives, and ultimately helps to make us citizens of one world. While it is true that all travel bro ... Read More

YFU’s distinctive brand of cultural exchange opens minds and hearts, enables learning that transforms lives, and ultimately helps to make us citizens of one world. While it is true that all travel broadens perspective and exposes the traveler to new experiences, YFU’s programs transform who you are and permanently change the way you see. Read less