to complete the intended degree;
2. expenses for summer session courses to complete
degree requirements by the scheduled end of the
Degree Program students electing to take summer courses
should consult with their Campus Coordinator to determine
the cost of housing, meals, airline penalty fees or cost of
new airline ticket, extended health insurance coverage,
etc. Status as a YFU student ends after two academic years
which is defined as four semesters or six quarters. Degree
Program students are subject to the same departure
deadline established for all YFU community college
Students accepted into the Year Program will choose one
of the following education options: (1) register for one
of the college’s established certificate programs; or (2)
design an academic or course program (with the help of
college academic advisors) with clearly defined objectives.
Only two semesters are included in the YFU program (Fall
and Spring). Summer enrollment is not expected of YFU
students, and would be the student’s expense if he or she
chose to enroll in summer courses.
••Option (1). Established certificate programs offer
students opportunities to gain knowledge or skills
in one specific academic discipline or career field.
Students who gain entrance into one of their college’s
certificate programs need to submit the required
schedule of courses to the Campus Coordinator.
••Option (2). YFU students developing programs related to
their academic or career interests will work closely with
their Campus Coordinator to construct a comprehensive
and integrated plan. Goal setting will be a required
part of the program development process. Proposed
programs will often require approval from advisors in
the chosen area of concentration.
plan other ways they can improve their language skills. Goal
setting will be a required part of the planning process.
College Placement Exams and Other Requirements.
YFU college students must respect colleges’ rules and
regulations, including those governing student behavior,
academic performance, English language proficiency, etc.
Any student dismissed from her college because of a
violation of the college’s policies will usually be dismissed
from the YFU program.
All YFU community college students are required to take
placement examinations (English, mathematics, basic
skills, etc.) once they arrive at their colleges. Transcripts
(academic records) and CELT scores sent with the YFU
application supplement these results. The types of
examinations used at each community college may differ.
Colleges require that all students—including YFU
students—demonstrate adequate English language skills
to take regular college courses. Students who score below
mandatory proficiency levels for entrance into regular
courses are required to take English as a Second Language
Students who are required to take intensive ESL instruction
will not be permitted to take regular courses. With the
approval of the appropriate college dean and the Campus
Coordinator, YFU college students taking advanced ESL
courses may be allowed to take some regular college
courses. Advanced ESL students may be limited to courses
which do not require strong English skills.
In addition to required placement tests, students may also
request permission to take examinations to demonstrate
their knowledge of particular subjects. Performing well
on placement examinations in specific subjects can
demonstrate they are academically prepared to take
advanced courses in those subjects.
Academic Semester Program.
Students in the Academic Semester Program will work
closely with their Campus Coordinators to develop a
semester schedule focused on specific academic or career
interests. Goal setting will be a required part of the course
English Language Program.
Students in the English Language Program will participate
actively in their intensive English language classes and work
with their Campus Coordinator and English instructor to
YFU college students of legal drinking age should not use
alcohol in a manner which is excessive, inappropriate, or
embarrassing to themselves, the host family, the college, or
Youth For Understanding.
The legal drinking age in the US is 21 years. If a student
is found to be drinking illegally, program dismissal (see
Involuntary Early Return, page 23) will be considered on
the basis of the student’s attitude toward the incident and
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