By | February 26, 2023


Student exchange program

A student exchange program is a program in which students from a secondary school or university study abroad at one of their institution’s partner institutions. A student exchange program may involve international travel, but does not necessarily require the student to study outside their home country.

Every student’s study abroad experience is different, but the one thing they have in common is that the experience is a memorable one.

Student exchange programmes enable students to study abroad at one of their university’s partner institutions. For many students, the prospect of studying abroad is both exciting and terrifying. You will, however, be sure to experience a brand new culture, meet new people and grow as a person.

Reasons to go on a student exchange programme

Studying abroad will expand your employment opportunities.

Why is this? Studying abroad shows employers that you can adapt quickly to changing situations and that you are a good problem solver. It also gives you a better understanding of different cultures, which is highly valued in the workplace – particularly in international companies.

Not only is studying abroad a great way to expand your perspective, but it can also boost your employability. In an increasingly globalized world, more and more employers are looking for students with international experience.

You will experience different styles of education.

Use this as an opportunity to experience different methods of teaching and find out what type of learning works best for you. Studying at another university can be different to the style of teaching you’re used to, particularly if you’re studying abroad for the first time. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in a new academic setting and see a side of your degree that you may not have seen before.

Travelling to nearby countries is easy

When studying abroad, students often choose to travel to nearby countries. It’s a great opportunity to see parts of the world you might not have otherwise visited and the experience can teach you a lot about different cultures.

and many more……

As a continuing student of a notable university or collage in Africa, you can apply for either fully funded or part payment scholarships abroad to study for some period of time then come back to your university and continue your education.

The best way to win a scholarship is to apply for those with criteria that fit your specific profile. But how do you find those elusive scholarships? By looking at the list for international students that we’ve compiled for you below!

Applying to college as an international student can be daunting enough without thinking about how to pay for it. However, there are many companies with scholarships for prospective undergraduate students studying in abroad.

1. The Mandela Rhodes Scholarship is a life-changing leadership journey.


The scholarship combines financial support with a leadership programme that will challenge you, grow you, and connect you to young African changemakers – just like you.

Am I eligible?

Selection criteria

We look for young Africans who have demonstrated the potential to embody our founding principles of reconciliation, education, entrepreneurship, and leadership. You must have already assumed leadership and made an impact on your campus or community.

Eligibility criteria

If you are between the ages of 19 and 29, are a citizen of any African country, and have a first degree with above average academic results (70% or upper second), you are eligible to apply for the scholarship.

Potential for growth

To benefit from our programme you must be curious about doing the personal, internal work of leadership. This means a commitment to developing self-awareness by engaging with difficult parts of yourself, an openness to learning from the diversity and differences in your cohort, and a willingness to explore and embrace complexity within yourself, others, and the systems around you.

Funding and finances

What costs are covered?

  • Tuition and registration fees as set by your university or institution
  • A medical aid allowance as set by the MRF
  • A personal allowance as set by the MRF
  • Research and conferencing grants can be made available on request
  • Economy-class flights for international scholars from their home countries to their institutions at the start and end of their studies
  • Accommodation and meal allowances as set by the MRF
  • A study materials allowance as set by the MRF

What costs are not covered?

The Mandela Rhodes Foundation does not pay for your application fees for university, or for the accreditation of your existing degrees through SAQA, which may be an entry requirement to your course. We also do not provide financial support for visa applications.

How do the finances work?

Allowances are paid twice a year. You will be required to provide proof of registration at the start of the year, and a progress report from your university two weeks after the start of the second semester. Your tuition and registration fees are paid directly to the tertiary institution, while all other allowances are paid to you. Any amount due to or owed by you prior to becoming a Mandela Rhodes Scholar, is your sole responsibility, and the MRF will not become involved in any way.

Your application form states that I have to submit a copy of my passport. I do not have the means to acquire a passport, can you assist me?

If you are shortlisted for an interview and need to fly to South Africa, The Mandela Rhodes Foundation does not cover the cost of any travel documents such as passports.

Does the MRF provide support and assistance with my visa process?

No. Applying for your visa and paying for any associated costs is your responsibility. You will need a visa in order to take up the scholarship in South Africa. It is very important to start as early as possible. If your visa is delayed you may not be able to start your academic programme and the Leadership Development Programme on time. This could result in you losing the scholarship. Apply for your visa as soon as you have received acceptance from your university of choice.

How do I apply?

You must apply online. You can log onto our applications platform to access your application and upload your documents and essays. The three people who write your recommendation letters must also log onto the platform to upload their letters directly. You must give them plenty of time to write their letters, sign onto the platform, and upload them. Your application cannot be submitted without the letters and will not be considered.





The Scholarship covers
  • Roundtrip flight ticket and visa costs (using a preferred travel agent and calculated against direct linear distance)
  • Participation costs such as tuition fees, registration fees and service fees where applicable
  • Comprehensive Travel Insurance (Health, Accident and Travel)
  • A monthly subsistence allowance for the mobility period
  • Settling in Allowance
  • An extra allowance corresponding to the monthly subsistence allowances will be paid per academic year to female master students and doctoral candidates, for mobility equal or longer than 2 academic years.
  • Research Costs: Students that received a scholarship equal or longer than 10 months are eligible to receive funds to cover their research needs. The indicative maximum amount of research costs per academic year is of 600 Euros for Master students and 2000 Euros for Doctoral candidates.  The distribution of funds from this pool shall be decided by the partners on the basis of the actual research needs of selected students. Students will be required to submit a budget for research.
  • You are eligible for a second return ticket in case the mobility is equal or longer than two academic years.

Elegibility criteria

  • Proof of nationality is provided
  • The Correct application form is used and completed
  • Fulfillment of the TG requirements
  • The application deadline is respected
  • All required documents are provided


You need to declare not to have already benefitted from a previous scholarship under the Intra.ACP Academic Mobility Scheme and the Intra-Africa Academic Mobility Scheme

To commit not to benefit from another EU funded scholarship scheme to follow the samce academic programme during the mobility period

To reimburse the scholarship in case of incomplete or false declaration.

Selection process

  • Academic performance (transcript results)
  • Personal motivation
  • Match between the home and host HEIs
  • Relevance and quality of study/research plan
  • Language skills



Notifications of application outcome to students are done as follows:

  • All applicants will be notified via e-mail
  • All applicants not selected for the programme are notified immediately after the selection decision has been made. Notification will include:
  • The results of the selection
  • The procedure to follow for an appeal to the selection decision

For the selected candidates the notification will include:

  • Instructions for further steps (visa guidelines, etc.)
  • A model of the Student Agreement
  • As well as any other relevant information

Appeal Procedure

If you are dissatisfied with the outcome, you may submit an appeal in writing to the coordinating unit no later than 14 days after taking receipt of the application outcome notification letter.

The coordinating unit will evaluate the grounds upon which the appeal was made.

If the reasons of the appeal are reasonable and legitimate, the coordinating unit will refer the matter to the Selection Committee whom will then evaluate the appeal.

The decision made by the Selection Committee will be referred to the Committee for ratification. Following which, the applicant will be informed of the decision in writing.



Cancellation of Studies

Important to note in the event of interrupted studies or in the case of drop-out

​The scholarship can be put on hold if the student has to temporarily leave the host institution following duly justified and well documented reasons (i.e. illness etc.). In that case the scholarship payment must be interrupted he/she has returned to the host institution and can actively participate in the activities. If despite the temporary absence the scholarship holder can catch up on the study/research without extending the originally agreed scholarship duration, the monthly allowances corresponding to the period of interruption could be paid to the candidate if agreed among the partners and notified to the agency.

​If the reasons are due to force majeure, the absence of the scholarship holder would lead to an extension of the originally agreed eligibility period in order to finalize the mobility concerned. Hence, the coordinator must send to the Agency a duly substantiated request to extend the eligibility period of the Grant Agreement in question. This request will be treated as an official amendment.

The mobility for staff can be split in several shorter periods of minimum one month each.

If the interruption is due to academic reasons, as students have to study or carry out research or other activities for a short period at the home country or at other countries which are not the ones of the institutions included in the partnership, the monthly allowance is not paid for this period. Mobility flows are not allowed between institutions placed in the country of origin/nationality of the individual(s) concerned. The interruption can take place only after 6 consecutive months of study at host institutions.

If a scholarship holder decides to withdraw before or during the study period, the Partnership has the possibility to replace her/him from the reserve list and within the deadlines for start mobility of the respective cohort. If such replacement is not possible, the remaining monthly allowance and participation costs could be reallocated to another scholarship holder.



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