they will be subject to penalties associated with traffic
violations and said violations may be taken more
seriously than in other countries.
••The cost of purchasing a vehicle will vary. Past YFU
students have spent between $700 and $3,000 for
aused automobile. Be aware that the host family is not
obligated in any way to offer the use of their vehicle or
to cover any costs related to a YFU college student’s
operation of an automobile.
YFU follows a structured disciplinary procedure to
document and review student behavioral issues. YFU
Community College Program students are representatives of
their home country, their college, and YFU and are therefore
expected to behave in a mature and responsible manner.
All students are responsible for following host family rules,
all college and YFU rules and regulations, as well as all
federal, state, and local laws. If a student violates host
family, college or YFU rules and regulations, a warning letter
will be issued for the first offense. Repeated disregard for
host family, college or YFU rules will result in the student
being placed on probation. This means that the student
will be considered for involuntary early return if his or her
behavior does not improve or if s/he is reprimanded again
for disregarding or breaking a host family or YFU rule.
A student who breaks any federal, state, or local law will
be considered for immediate involuntary early return. This
decision will be made based upon the nature of the offense
by YFU Community College Program staff in consultation
with the campus coordinator, and YFU offices worldwide.
YFU operates on a three strike policy, generally. Students
are given ample opportunity and warning to improve their
grades or behavior before they will be dismissed from the
program. However, YFU will always follow the lead and
support decisions made by the College. If a student is place
on probation with the school, then the student will be on
probation with YFU as well and considered for program
Involuntary Early Return.
When YFU removes a student from his or her program
prior to his or her scheduled departure to his or her home
country, this is defined as an Involuntary Early Return.
This type of program dismissal usually occurs when a
student violates a program or community college policy,
immigration regulation, or other US law. Community college
staff and sending YFU National Organizations are consulted
when an involuntary early return is under consideration.
YFU will establish departure dates and specific travel
itineraries for students classified as involuntary early return.
Voluntary Early Return.
When a student desires to return to his or her home country
by his or her own choice before his or her scheduled
departure, this is a voluntary early return. This may happen
because a student cannot adjust to the USA, or because the
student has personal or natural family problems.
Students who decide to return early will be helped to
prepare for re-entry into their home culture. Students
under the age of eighteen (18) who desire to return to their
home country by their own choice must obtain their natural
parents’ permission. YFU will establish departure dates and
specific travel itineraries for students electing voluntary
YFU strongly discourages college students from working
while they are on-program except in cases of unanticipated
dire financial need. The program consists of both academic
and cultural enrichment components. Working often
prohibits a student from participating in cultural events,
thereby causing the student to miss out on an important
part of the YFU Community College Program.
Legally, YFU college students who hold a valid F-1 visa
are allowed to work on-campus for 20 hours per week or
less. YFU students holding F-1 visas usually cannot work
off campus. It is important to note that obtaining an oncampus position can be a competitive, selective process.
Many colleges have no positions available for international
Students should not rely on the possibility of on-campus
employment as a source of income to meet their financial
obligations while on-program. Failure to comply with YFU
and F-1 guidelines concerning paid employment may result
in dismissal from the program.
YFU college students are solely responsible to comply with
all US immigration regulations governing employment of
foreign students. Students assume all responsibility to obey
Internal Revenue Service (IRS) regulations, to pay income
and other taxes, and to file required tax forms.
Extension of Stay
YFU cannot grant an extension of stay. An F-1 visa holder
remains in valid status for up to 60 days after the last day
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