Our Students from South Sudan

Our Students from South Sudan

South Sudan Landscape

YES Students

All students from South Sudan are Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program scholarship winners. Click here to learn more about the YES Program.

Country Information

South Sudan is a landlocked country in east-central Africa, slightly smaller than the state of Texas. It’s one of the world’s newest countries which declared independence from Sudan in 2011. South Sudanese are known for celebrating important events in the life of the individual with ritual practices and ceremonies. South Sudan is joining the modern world by emphasizing the role of digital media in its international politics.

Lifestyle and Family

People in South Sudan predominantly live in rural areas, in semi-independent farms. Most live as an extended family that include grandparents, father, mothers, uncles, aunts, cousins, etc. Usually a respected elder is the family leader. The head of family is responsible for taking care of its members.

Teen Life and Sports

South Sudan is home to a variety of outdoor activities and sports. Wrestling and mock battles are the most popular and common activities which attract many spectators who sing and dance in support of their favorite wrestlers. Basketball and soccer are also very popular.


The South Sudanese traditionally eat together. Milk and dairy products are substantial to the diet in many areas of the country. Cassava and sweet potatoes are essential in the south and the key ingredient in many Sudanese recipes seems to be the groundnut, which is nutritious and rich in protein. Some of the ubiquitous dishes in South Sudan are goat stew and fried perch.

Language and Religion

English is the official language, though certain variants of Arabic and other regional languages are spoken. South Sudan is a nation with a diverse ethnicity. The majority of the population has embraced Christianity, but there are also many followers of African traditional religion and less of Islam.

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