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South Africa

Explore a diverse environment as you get to know South African people whose cultures began in many different places around the world!

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Study in South Africa

Explore a diverse environment as you get to know South African people, whose cultures began in many different places around the world!

+ More About South Africa

Hello or Hallo! You may be using both of these greetings during your time in South Africa - English and Afrikaans are two of the many languages spoken in this diverse country. By exploring a diverse environment rich in cultures from around the world, you’ll gain a unique perspective that you’ll savor for the rest of your life.

One way you will experience South Africa's diversity is by living with your host family. South African families are generally large, so you may have the opportunity to meet different types of people; extended families may live in one home or in close proximity to each other. You may also get an opportunity to attend family gatherings since family celebrations and braai, the social gathering of barbecue, play a key role in the lives of South Africans.

Nature is another layer of South Africa's rich culture. You may enjoy caving at a number of sites across the country or observe the wildlife at places like Kruger National Park (an acclaimed safari tour destination) or Timbavati (considered classic safari territory)! In order to learn about the country's history and its dynamic journey towards freedom, you may visit numerous sites that will allow you to view cultural documents and photographs of artifacts from the Stone Age to present day.

Education is important in South Africa. With three levels of education to participate in (including a vivacious higher education sector of more than 1 million students enrolled in 24 state-funded universities and institutions), South Africans have viable options that give them the ability to achieve their goals and focus on personal development.

With cuisine, music, and festivities as diverse as the ethnic groups that comprise this country, you are bound to experience many new things — so apply to South Africa today!

Pastimes

Rugby and cricket are popular sports.

Online Resources

To learn even more about South Africa, we recommend:

  • Visit your local library to find reference books, travel guides and essays, language dictionaries, and many more country resources
  • Use an internet search engine to find informative websites
  • Embassy of South Africa in Washington, DC website

+ Scholarships Available

Scholarships for 2020 programs have not yet been confirmed. Applications for 2020 Summer/Fall scholarships will open in the Fall of 2019. The YFU Financial Aid Fund can be applied to any program and will remain available for 2020 Spring programs until September 15. The YFU Legacy Grant can be applied to any program at any time of application. For more details on the Financial Aid Fund, Legacy Grant, and previous merit-based scholarships please visit our scholarships page. Learn more about scholarship details and deadlines.

+ Programs & Tuition

Fall Year: $14,995
Fall Semester: $13,995
Fall Semester Volunteer Program: $13,995
Spring Semester: $13,995
Spring Semester Volunteer Program: $13,995
Fall 3 Month Volunteer Program: $10,995
Spring 3 Month Volunteer Program: $10,995

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. Note: South African embassies/consulates may require health insurance issued by a South African-based insurance company. Important: Visas for the Volunteer Program are specific to your volunteer project; therefore you are NOT allowed to change volunteer projects during your exchange program.

Additional Costs

Students should be prepared to cover fees for school textbooks, uniforms or activities, and transportation to school if applicable. Program tuition does not include personal spending money.

Important Information

Students will need malaria prophylaxis and yellow fever vaccinations for their visit in addition to other recommended immunizations for travel.

Choose Your Program

+ Academic Year Program

While in South Africa, you will live with a volunteer host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

During your stay, you will attend a local public or private high school located near your host family. Students should be aware that nearly all high schools in South Africa require uniforms and school etiquette can be quite formal. You will take courses that are familiar to you in subjects like science, history, geography, English, math, and art. You can also embark on learning a language like Zulu or Afrikaans. Schools also welcome initiatives to start projects or after school activities. Often, extra-curricular activities are integrated into the school day and students can try new activities like rugby, cricket, drama, or music. Seniors should be aware that due to South African regulations, exchange students will be placed in the 11th grade

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December (Spring departures). This orientation is a required part of the program aimed at preparing students for their experience overseas. All students applying for the Fall year will participate in a one-day local pre-departure orientation in May or June.

After arrival in South Africa, students will attend a post-arrival orientation in Johannesburg followed by another orientation a few weeks later in the region that they are placed to prepare for the exchange year. Students also have a regional mid-program orientation, and a re-entry orientation before the return home. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born August 1, 2003 - August 7, 2005.
  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2004.
  • Students who will turn 18 within the first 6 months of their exchange or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.

Language

Zulu, Xhosa, Sothos, Afrikaans and English. These are only 5 of 11 official languages. There is no guarantee that students will be placed in an English-speaking family or school, so students should be open to learning a new language.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Year Late August Late June $14,995
Spring Year Mid January Late December $14,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local South African 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 South Africa Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Host Family Placement

In urban or semi-urban areas such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Gauteng, Western Cape, Bloemfontein, and Port Elizabeth. Students are occasionally placed in smaller towns, but not generally in in very rural areas or in Cape Town (except for the Gap Year Volunteer Program.) YFU South Africa host families and host communities reflect the country's diverse multi-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-lingual society.

+ Semester Programs

While in South Africa, you will live with a volunteer host family and attend a local high school. Part of your experience will be:

School

During your stay, you will attend a local public or private high school located near your host family. Students should be aware that nearly all high schools in South Africa require uniforms and school etiquette can be quite formal. You will take courses that are familiar to you in subjects like science, history, geography, English, math, and art. You can also embark on learning a language like Zulu or Afrikaans. Schools also welcome initiatives to start projects or after school activities. Often, extra-curricular activities are integrated into the school day and students can try new activities like rugby, cricket, drama, or music. Seniors should be aware that due to South African regulations, exchange students will be placed in the 11th grade

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December(for Spring departures). 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.

After arrival in South Africa, students will attend a post-arrival orientation in Johannesburg followed by another orientation a few weeks later in the region that they are placed to prepare for the exchange year. Students also have a regional mid-program orientation, and a re-entry orientation before the return home. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

Volunteer Programs

YFU offers young adults the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as volunteers with an NGO and experience South Africa for 6 months. This program is open to students who have graduated from high school are are between the ages of 18 and 25.

Service Project: Participants live and volunteer at a children’s home near Cape Town, working with children who are orphans or have been taken away from their homes. Volunteers assist the children by helping with homework, playing sports, organizing fun activities, providing care and night duty, and walking children to school. An initial training session of 2-3 days is included, where you will work with a psychologist and professional counselors and receive on-the-job training. Trained professionals will always be on site to help volunteers deal with any challenging situations that come up. Participants should be responsible, emotionally mature and able to cope with difficult situations. Volunteers may work with children with illnesses and/or emotional difficulties and the volunteer work can become emotionally and physically taxing. Learn more here.

Accommodations: Participants will live in separate dormitory type accommodations attached to the project site, which is a gated complex in safe surroundings. They will share living space with two or three fellow volunteers. Meals and laundry services will be provided, though there may be some additional costs related to accommodations. Volunteers can count on exactly the same support as regular academic exchange students enjoy, including airport pickup, pre-departure and post-arrival orientations, YFU-sponsored get-togethers and tours. They will also be visited by YFU South Africa staff occasionally to check in on them and get monthly feedback from their volunteer manager. Outside of volunteering, participants will have plenty of free time to explore the Cape Town area and spend time with fellow volunteers from other organizations going to restaurants and shops or taking time off to travel, go diving, backpacking, or hiking.

Note: Program offerings and details are subject to change and some volunteer project placements charge additional costs for accommodations and meals. Visas are specific to your volunteer project; therefore you are NOT allowed to change volunteer projects during your exchange program.

Language

Zulu, Xhosa, Sothos, Afrikaans and English. These are only 5 of 11 official languages. There is no guarantee that students will be placed in an English-speaking family or school, so students should be open to learning a new language.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Fall Semester Late August Mid January $13,995
Volunteer Fall Semester Late August Late February $13,995
Spring Semester Mid Januay Late June $13,995
Volunteer Spring Semester Mid January Late July $13,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollment in a local South African high school or Volunteer community
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU South Africa Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Academic Spring Departures: Students born January 1, 2003 - December 31, 2004.
  • 2020 Acacemic Fall Departures: Students born August 1, 2003 - August 7, 2005.
  • Students who will turn 18 within the first 6 months of their exchange or will graduate from high school before the start of their program will not be considered for admission.
  • 2020 Volunteer Spring Departures: Students born January 1, 1995 - December 31, 2001.
  • 2020 Volunteer Fall Departures: Students born August 1, 1995 - August 1, 2002.
  • Volunteer Program students must be 18-25 years old while on program. Students who are not within this age range will not be considered for the program.

Host Family Placement

Students particpating in the academic programs are usually placed in urban or semi-urban areas such as Johannesburg, Pretoria, Durban, Gauteng, Western Cape, Bloemfontein, and Port Elizabeth. Students are occasionally placed in smaller towns, but not generally in in very rural areas or in Cape Town. YFU South Africa host families and host communities reflect the country's diverse multi-cultural, multi-racial, and multi-lingual society.

Students participating in the volunteer programs are placed in the gated volunteer dorm-type community in Cape Town.

+ Trimester Programs

Volunteer Programs

YFU offers young adults the opportunity of a lifetime to serve as volunteers with an NGO and experience South Africa for 3 months. This program is open to students who have graduated from high school are are between the ages of 18 and 25.

Service Project: Participants live and volunteer at a children’s home near Cape Town, working with children who are orphans or have been taken away from their homes. Volunteers assist the children by helping with homework, playing sports, organizing fun activities, providing care and night duty, and walking children to school. An initial training session of 2-3 days is included, where you will work with a psychologist and professional counselors and receive on-the-job training. Trained professionals will always be on site to help volunteers deal with any challenging situations that come up. Participants should be responsible, emotionally mature and able to cope with difficult situations. Volunteers may work with children with illnesses and/or emotional difficulties and the volunteer work can become emotionally and physically taxing. Learn more here.

Accommodations: Participants will live in separate dormitory type accommodations attached to the project site, which is a gated complex in safe surroundings. They will share living space with two or three fellow volunteers. Meals and laundry services will be provided, though there may be some additional costs related to accommodations. Volunteers can count on exactly the same support as regular academic exchange students enjoy, including airport pickup, pre-departure and post-arrival orientations, YFU-sponsored get-togethers and tours. They will also be visited by YFU South Africa staff occasionally to check in on them and get monthly feedback from their volunteer manager. Outside of volunteering, participants will have plenty of free time to explore the Cape Town area and spend time with fellow volunteers from other organizations going to restaurants and shops or taking time off to travel, go diving, backpacking, or hiking.

Note: Program offerings and details are subject to change and some volunteer project placements charge additional costs for accommodations and meals. Visas are specific to your volunteer project; therefore you are NOT allowed to change volunteer projects during your exchange program.

Orientations

All students applying for the year program must be available for a mandatory 3-day National Pre-Departure Orientation, which usually takes place in mid-July or early December(for Spring departures). 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.

After arrival in South Africa, students will attend a post-arrival orientation in Johannesburg followed by another orientation a few weeks later in the region that they are placed to prepare for the exchange year. Students also have a regional mid-program orientation, and a re-entry orientation before the return home. All orientation costs are included in program tuition.

PROGRAM DEPARTURE RETURN FULL TUITION
Volunteer Fall Trimester Late August Late November $10,995
Volunteer Spring Trimester Mid January Late April $10,995

Tuition Includes

  • Placement with a host family
  • Enrollement in a South African Volunteer Community
  • Airport transfers
  • Domestic and international travel
  • All pre-departure and post arrival orientations
  • Pre-program support by trained YFU staff
  • Support from a YFU South Africa Area Representative while on program
  • Comprehensive insurance

Age Requirement

  • 2020 Spring Departures: Students born January 1, 1995 - December 31, 2001.
  • 2020 Fall Departures: Students born August 1, 1995 - August 1, 2002.
  • Volunteer Program students must be 18-25 years old while on program. Students who are not within this age range will not be considered for the program.

Language

Zulu, Xhosa, Sothos, Afrikaans and English. These are only 5 of 11 official languages. There is no guarantee that students will be placed in an English-speaking family or school, so students should be open to learning a new language.