You can participate in a YFU exchange program if you:
- Are a registered learner at a South African high school
- High school learners from neighbouring countries are also eligible to apply – contact us for more information!
- Are between 15 and 18 years old
- Are achieving an aggregate C (60 %) at school with good language abilities
- Are independent enough to live abroad for 6 months or a year
- Are willing to reach out to people of a different background than your own
- Have your parents’ and school’s support and approval to apply
- Are eager to learn about a new culture and to share your own culture
- Are willing to stay involved in YFU after your exchange.
Most of our partner countries do not require prior knowledge of the local language. Introductory language camps or sessions are usually offered during arrival orientations.
However, an intensive language course before you go will be of enormous benefit in assisting you to quickly adapt to your new life with your host family and at school.
The Application Process
- Contact us and request your outbound application form or download it via the link above.
- Fill in the application form and send it to us together with your two latest school reports and a copy of your ID.
- One of our representatives will conduct an application interview with you.
- If your application is successful, you will be given access to our online application portal where you can complete your application and upload the supporting documents.
- Apply for your passport and prepare the documents required for your visa application.
- A few weeks prior to departure you will participate in a pre-departure orientation weekend.
- On the day of your departure a YFU representative will meet you at the airport and assist you with the check-in process and any last minute questions you may have.
- Upon arrival in your host country, a YFU representative will welcome you at the airport
- You will attend a post-arrival orientation in your host country and then start your ‘new life’ with your host family!