Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program

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  • The YES program provides scholarships for high school students (ages 15-17 years) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the United States. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and educate Americans about their countries and cultures. Approximately 900 students travel to the United States each year.

    There are scholarships for secondary students who wish to study abroad in the United States and also for U.S. high school students who want to study abroad in a YES country. The YES Abroad program is offering American high school students and recent graduates in the U.S. 50 full scholarships for up to one academic year to live and study abroad in countries with significant Muslim population.

    Eligibility for non-U.S. citizens:
    -Be between the ages of 14-16 by the start of program
    -Be enrolled in first or second grade at a secondary school at the time of application
    -Have the equivalent of a B average or better without failing grades
    -Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements (for instance, U.S. citizens are not eligible for J-1 visa)
    -Be a citizen of the country in which you are applying

    Eligibility for U.S. students looking to study abroad:
    -Must be a U.S. citizen
    -Must be 15-18.5 years of age at start of program
    -Enrolled in high school (including home school)
    -For the following countries, prior French skills are required: Morocco, Senegal
    -The YES Abroad program seeks applicants of all racial, ethnic, religious, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations

    For more information or to apply, please visit the scholarship provider's website.
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