Papers from Moving Beyond Mobility Conference, Berlin 2008

Long-Term Effects of International Educational Youth Exchange

David Bachner, Scholar-in-Residence, School of International Service American University
Ulrich Zeutschel, Transfer Beratung & Training,


This paper session will report on a research study of the long-term effects of a high school home- stay experience for German and American students who participated in the Youth For Understanding (YFU) program in the 1950s, 60s, 70s, and 80s. With emphasis on the German sample, the 45-minute session will (1) briefly describe the study’s methodology; (2) provide an overview of major findings; and (3) generate audience discussion on future programming and further research in relation to the findings by posing the question: What Next?

Long-Term Effects of International Educational Youth Exchange


David Bachner and Ulrich Zeutschel