SPAR YES Programme 2024/2025 Application Form Portal

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SPAR YES Programme 2024… Do you wish to apply for the SPAR YES Programme 2024? If yes, then this informative article is for you. You will be given detailed information about SPAR YES Programme 2024, Eligibility, And How To Apply.

The program officially launched in South Africa in 2010 in hopes to expand communication between the people of the United States and South Africa in order to promote mutual understanding and respect. Since then, over 130 South African students have completed the YES program and now participate as alumni.

The YES program is administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of non-profit organizations led by the American Councils for International Education. In South Africa, AFS South Africa manages the YES program in partnership with the local U.S. Embassy, and Public Affairs Office.


In keeping with the U.S. Government-sponsored initiatives, dedicated to democratic reform, the competition for the Youth Exchange and Study scholarship is merit-based and open at no cost to all applicants who meet the following requirements:

  • Be between the ages 15-17.7 (be born between January 15, 2006 and August 15, 2008) by the start of the program (August 15, 2023);
  • Be enrolled in 8th, 9th, 10th or 11th grade at the time of application;
  • Have the equivalent of a B average or better without failing grades;
  • You must have lived more than 50% (2.5) of the last 5 years in South Africa and be able to provide citizenship documents;
  • Be able to produce the final school reports for 2020 and 2022;
  • Be able to complete the preliminary application and send it to AFS South Africa;
  • Have a valid passport and unabridged birth certificate, or are able to apply for one;
  • Not have spent a total of more than 90 days in the U.S. in the last five years;
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements (for instance, U.S. citizens are not eligible for J-1 visa);
  • Be a resident and citizen of South Africa.

Students with Disabilities

The program can support students with disabilities and encourages their participation. The Department of State and the YES program work with Mobility International (MIUSA) to provide students with disabilities leadership-building workshops, appropriate information, and support as needed to enhance their year in America. Applicants with disabilities are encouraged to contact their YES office for information on eligibility.

​Application and Selection

There are multiple rounds to the YES application and selection process. All applicants are required to take an English proficiency exam, write a proctored essay, complete a YES program application, and participate in group and individual in-person interviews. All finalists are selected on the basis of merit.

IMPORTANT! The SPAR YES Programme Application Form 2024 is not yet out online, DISREGARD any form of advert you come across. This page will be updated immediately after the form is out.

For more information, visit the SPAR YES Programme

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