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Serbia

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Study in Serbia

This landlocked country straddles the line between East and West not only geographically, but also culturally, politically and religiously. Spend a year here and learn firsthand why Serbians are known for their hospitality, kindness, openness and warmth! 

+ More About Serbia

Dobrodošli! Welcome! Interested in studying in a unique mix of "Eastern" and "Western" cultures? If so, Serbia may be the place for you! Serbia is a very ethnically, politically, and religiously diverse country, landlocked in the Balkans between the Mediterranean and Eastern Europe and Asia. About the size of South Carolina, Serbia is known for its hospitality, openness, kindness, and warmth, all of which you're sure to experience from your host family if you choose Serbia as your YFU destination!

Serbia is a country with a captivating and long history. From archeological sites dating back to prehistoric times to ruins of Roman towns and 12th century churches, you can visit places and artifacts that range throughout all of human history! Religion has been historically important, with a majority of the population belonging to the Serbian Orthodox church. During your stay, you may have the chance to experience "Orthodox Christmas," which is celebrated on January 7th instead of December 25th.

The food in Serbia is as diverse as the country itself. Legend has it that under the Serbian empire, meals in the Serbian palace were eaten with golden spoons and forks; while you may not experience this royal treatment, you will certainly taste the same richness in their food! Meats and bread are very common ingredients in Serbian meals, although each region has their specialties. Whether you're eating cevapcici, Serbia's national food, musaka, or many of their delicious smoked meats, you'll be sure to want some recipes to bring back with you.

With a 98% literacy rate, Serbia is committed to providing a quality education. You will be placed in a gymnasium, the equivalent of a public high school, and may be able to choose between two tracks: languages and social sciences, or mathematics and natural sciences. While in Serbia, you will certainly be challenged academically - so be prepared to study!

There are also many fun activities for you to enjoy in your spare time. Serbians love the outdoors, so you may likely go mountain biking or horseback riding with your host family! If you live near a river or lake, you may have the opportunity to go sailing or rowing; during the winter, you may have the opportunity to go skiing down Serbia's many mountains! Soccer is very popular, so you may also find yourself playing a few games after school with your new friends. If you prefer the indoors, you might want to try "kolo", a traditional folk dance in Serbia. Serbia will provide you a rich and unique cultural experience that you'll be sure to remember for the rest of your life. Choose Serbia as your YFU destination, and enjoy the Serbian food, history, and hospitality!

Pastimes

Soccer, "kolo" dancing- folklore, embroidery.

Online Resources

To learn even more about the Netherlands, we recommend:

+ Scholarships Available

385 - Holcomb & Farnell Foreign Study Fund
368 - YFU Community Grant
384 - YFU Financial Aid Fund

Learn more about scholarships.

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $14,495
Fall Year Sports: $14,495
Fall Semester: $13,995
Fall Semester Sports: $14,495
Spring Semester: $13,995
Spring Semester Sports: $14,495
Fall Trimester: $7,995
Fall Trimester Sports: $8,295
Southeast Europe Winter Tour: $6,995
Spring Trimester: $7,995
Spring Trimester Sports: $8,295
Summer - 3-2-1 Multiple Country: $6,995

+ Additional Information

Visa Information

Information about visas will be provided upon enrollment. To learn more about the process, you can refer to the Serbian Consulate.

Additional Costs

Students staying longer than 90 days must obtain a residence permit in Serbia. The residence permit costs approximately €150. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Application Deadlines

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!

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Program

School

As an exchange student you can expect to be placed in a Gymnasium- a public high school. You will most likely be placed in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, depending on your age. Schools are divided into two shifts, some weeks students will go to school in the morning, other weeks they will go in the afternoon. Every class usually consists of about 30 students, and has a head teacher that is responsible for you. These classes are formed at the beginning of Gymnasium and they study all subjects together until graduation. This is nice for exchange students since it makes it easier to get to know people and make friends!

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.

There are 3 orientations scheduled throughout the year in Serbia. The first is a 5-day seminar, in which the first 2 days include a language and cultural orientation, and the last 3 days focus on intensive language courses. All students must attend this language course, and materials are included at no extra cost to the student. Students should have a desire to learn the language, and YFU Serbia does recommend starting some independent study at least three months before departure- YFU will provide resources to do so. There is also a 3-4 day mid-year orientation and a 1 day pre-departure orientation at the conclusion of your time abroad. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Optional Excursions

There may be opportunities for additional trips offered by YFU Serbia and through the schools. Optional excursions are available to students at an additional cost.

Specal Interest Program

Sports: Serbia has been known for its excellence in sports. YFU Serbia will help students to find a suitable sports club depending on the activity of interest. The price of monthly training varies from sport to sport, from club to club, and is not included in the YFU program price. Sports equipment fees, competition fees, and club fees are not included.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year 1262 late August late June $14,495
Fall Year Sports 1429 late August late June $14,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Serbian 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 Serbia Area Representative while on program

Age Requirement

Spring: January 1, 2001 - January 1, 2004. Fall: August 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Summer: August 1, 2000-July 1, 2005. Short term winter: January 1, 2001- December 1, 2005. Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Serbian. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed throughout the country in urban, suburban, small town, or rural areas.

+ Semester Program

School

As an exchange student you can expect to be placed in a Gymnasium- a public high school. You will most likely be placed in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, depending on your age. Schools are divided into two shifts, some weeks students will go to school in the morning, other weeks they will go in the afternoon. Every class usually consists of about 30 students, and has a head teacher that is responsible for you. These classes are formed at the beginning of Gymnasium and they study all subjects together until graduation. This is nice for exchange students since it makes it easier to get to know people and make friends!

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.

There are 3 orientations scheduled throughout the year in Serbia. The first is a 5-day seminar, in which the first 2 days include a language and cultural orientation, and the last 3 days focus on intensive language courses. All students must attend this language course, and materials are included at no extra cost to the student. Students should have a desire to learn the language, and YFU Serbia does recommend starting some independent study at least three months before departure- YFU will provide resources to do so. There is also a 3-4 day mid-year orientation and a 1 day pre-departure orientation at the conclusion of your time abroad. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Optional Excursions

There may be opportunities for additional trips offered by YFU Serbia and through the schools. Optional excursions are available to students at an additional cost.

Specal Interest Program

Sports: Serbia has been known for its excellence in sports. YFU Serbia will help students to find a suitable sports club depending on the activity of interest. The price of monthly training varies from sport to sport, from club to club, and is not included in the YFU program price. Sports equipment fees, competition fees, and club fees are not included.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester 1426 late August late January $13,995
Fall Semester Sports 1423 late August late January $14,495
Spring Semester 1425 late January late June $13,995
Spring Semester Sports 1421 late January late June $14,495

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Serbian 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 Serbia Area Representative while on program

Age Requirement

Spring: January 1, 2001 - January 1, 2004. Fall: August 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Summer: August 1, 2000-July 1, 2005. Short term winter: January 1, 2001- December 1, 2005. Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Serbian. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed throughout the country in urban, suburban, small town, or rural areas.

+ Trimester Program

School

As an exchange student you can expect to be placed in a Gymnasium- a public high school. You will most likely be placed in the 10th, 11th, or 12th grade, depending on your age. Schools are divided into two shifts, some weeks students will go to school in the morning, other weeks they will go in the afternoon. Every class usually consists of about 30 students, and has a head teacher that is responsible for you. These classes are formed at the beginning of Gymnasium and they study all subjects together until graduation. This is nice for exchange students since it makes it easier to get to know people and make friends!

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.

There are 3 orientations scheduled throughout the year in Serbia. The first is a 5-day seminar, in which the first 2 days include a language and cultural orientation, and the last 3 days focus on intensive language courses. All students must attend this language course, and materials are included at no extra cost to the student. Students should have a desire to learn the language, and YFU Serbia does recommend starting some independent study at least three months before departure- YFU will provide resources to do so. There is also a 3-4 day mid-year orientation and a 1 day pre-departure orientation at the conclusion of your time abroad. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Optional Excursions

There may be opportunities for additional trips offered by YFU Serbia and through the schools. Optional excursions are available to students at an additional cost.

Specal Interest Program

Sports: Serbia has been known for its excellence in sports. YFU Serbia will help students to find a suitable sports club depending on the activity of interest. The price of monthly training varies from sport to sport, from club to club, and is not included in the YFU program price. Sports equipment fees, competition fees, and club fees are not included.

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Trimester 1428 late August late November $7,995
Fall Trimester Sports 1646 late August late November $8,295
Southeast Europe Winter Tour 1647 early December mid January $6,995
Spring Trimester 1644 late January late April $7,995
Spring Trimester Sports 1645 late January late April $8,295

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local Serbian 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 Serbia Area Representative while on program

Age Requirement

Spring: January 1, 2001 - January 1, 2004. Fall: August 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Summer: August 1, 2000-July 1, 2005. Short term winter: January 1, 2001- December 1, 2005. Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Serbian. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed throughout the country in urban, suburban, small town, or rural areas.

+ Summer 3-2-1 Multiple Country Program

Students on a 3-2-1 program have the opportunity to experience the cultures of Serbia, Romania, and Bulgaria over the course of their six-week experience. You can choose from the following two programs in these three countries:

3 Country European Summer: Over the course of the summer, students are able to compare and contrast cultures that are in close geographic proximity with one another, but are still very different! You'll live with three different local host families in each of the countries, which allows you to immerse yourself in the languages, absorb colorful cultures, and make new friends in your local communities. Since schools are not in session while you are there, you have a high degree of flexibility with how you wish to spend your time. You can join extracurricular clubs, play local sports, attend local fairs and events, and even volunteer in the communities you live in! You'll begin your program with an arrival orientation to prepare you for your experiences abroad, and then you'll have a chance to reflect on your time during a re-entry orientation at the Black Sea.

3 Country Holiday Adventure: This program offers participants the unique opportunity to experience three cultures at once, taking active parts in the everyday lives of their host families. During their stay in the three countries, participants will experience European traditions for winter holidays: the spirit of Saint Nicholas on December 6th with a Romanian host family, and then two Christmases in the same season! The first happens on the 25th of December in Bulgaria, where students experience the Balkan/Orthodox Christmas. In Serbia in January, participants will celebrate Christmas for the second time. Serbian Old Style Christmas happens on the 7th of January, according the Julian calendar. Students on this program will receive a handbook on arrival of useful holiday phrases in each of the three languages. To learn more about how to apply for this program, contact info@yfu.org

PROGRAM CODE DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer 3-2-1 Multiple Country 1427 Mid July late August $6,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU Serbia Area Representative while on program

Age Requirement

Spring: January 1, 2001 - January 1, 2004. Fall: August 1, 2001 - August 1, 2004. Summer: August 1, 2000-July 1, 2005. Short term winter: January 1, 2001- December 1, 2005. Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

Language

Serbian. Previous language study is not required.

Host Family Placement

Students may be placed throughout the country in urban, suburban, small town, or rural areas.