Diversity on Exchange: Free high school exchange for minority students

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Diversity on Exchange is a great opportunity for high school students of minority background who want to spend a year in the United States!

Diversity on Exchange is a great opportunity for high school students of minority background who want to spend a year in the United States!

In partnership with the U.S. Embassy, Youth for Understanding (YFU) is offering a full scholarship for up to three high school students to spend a year in the United States. The program is called Diversity on Exchange. The lucky student(s) will be part of YFU’s regular program, living with a local host family and attending the local high school. You can read more about the experience here.

Why should I apply?

Spending a year of high school in the U.S. will not only improve your English skills, it will teach you about American society and culture in a way that you will never learn in Norway. You will also learn a lot about yourself, being without family and friends in a foreign country. And, not least, you will make new friends and have lots of fun! Minister of Education Torbjørn Røe Isaksen spent a year in the U.S. during high school, and he has not regretted that for a second. You can read about his experience here.

Who can apply for the scholarship?

All minority students who will be in high school in the 2015/16 school year are welcome to apply. If you will be a third year student, you will probably have to repeat the year when you return to Norway. If you will be in the first or second year, your school in Norway will probably let you continue on the following year when you return as long as you have passed all of you subjects in the United States, but this has to been agreed upon with your school.

What do you mean by “minority”?

“Minority” can mean many things, but for this program, YFU is primarily looking for immigrants, or children of immigrants, to Norway from a non-Nordic country where English is not the primary language. If you consider yourself a minority but do not belong the above groups, we encourage you to contact YFU to discuss your eligibility.

Do I have to pay anything myself?

The scholarship covers the regular costs of the exchange program (94,000 NOK), which includes:

  • Travel to and from the U.S.
  • Your U.S. visa
  • Insurance (including medical insurance)
  • Travel to gatherings of YFU students while in the U.S.

Your host family covers your stay with them, including food and other household necessities.

Other expenses have to be covered by the student:

  • The 250 NOK application fee
  • Travel to the pre-departure orientation in your region
  • Clothes
  • School supplies (books are normally provided by the school)
  • Anything else, including entertainment, activities, travel and shopping

How do I apply?

First, pay the application fee of kr. 250 to account number 8101 14 60739. Then, fill out this application form before March 1 and state that you would like to apply for the Diversity on Exchange scholarship. A YFU representative will then contact you to discuss the program and the scholarship.

What if I have more questions?

You may contact YFU on 22 69 81 80 or post@yfu.no