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Serbia

Spend a year here and learn firsthand why Serbians are known for their hospitality, kindness, openness and warmth!

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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! 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! 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. 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, or many of their delicious smoked meats, you'll get a taste of something new and delicious!

With a 98% literacy rate, Serbia is committed to providing a quality education. 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, sailing, or horseback riding with your host family! 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.

+ Scholarships Available

YFU USA is proud to send over 200 American students on cultural exchange with a full or partial scholarship each year. Financial assistance may be in the form of a merit-based scholarship, needs-based financial aid, or Legacy Grant for students who are previously involved in the YFU Community. Scholarships may vary in deadline, requirements, and eligibility. To learn more, please visit our Scholarships Page to find details on the following scholarships eligible for Serbia:

YFU Legacy Grant
YFU Financial Aid Fund

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Trimester: $7,995
Fall Trimester Sports: $8,295
Winter 3-2-1 Multi-Country: $6,995
Summer 3-2-1 Multi-Country: $6,995

Applications for tuition based programs must be submitted by October 1 for winter/spring departure programs and March 15 for summer and fall. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case by case basis depending upon availability.

+ 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

+ 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.

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 DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Trimester Early September Late November $7,995
Fall Trimester Sports Early September Late November $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
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born August 01, 2002 - July 31, 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.

+ 3-2-1 Multiple Country Program

Explore Romania, Bulgaria, and Serbia

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

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Summer Departures: Students born July 31, 2001 - July 01, 2006.
  • 2020 Winter Departures: Students born December 31, 2001 - December 01, 2006.
  • Students who do not meet this age requirement will be considered for admission on a case-by-case basis.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Summer 3-2-1 Multi-Country Mid July Late August $6,995
Winter 3-2-1 Multi-Country Late November Mid January $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
  • Comprehensive insurance

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.