Youth Exchange Scholarship Opportunities for U.S. High School Students

Posted on: October 12th, 2011 by Admin

The NSLI-Y program is part of a multi-agency U.S. government initiative launched in 2006 to improve Americans’ ability to engage with people from around the world who speak Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. Academic year programs will be offered to study Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Korean and Russian, and six-eight week summer programs will be offered for all seven languages.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend one academic semester or year in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Thailand, and Turkey during the 2012-2013 academic years. The application period for academic year 2012-2013 is now open. The application deadline is January 11, 2012. Visit for eligibility criteria and information on how to apply. YES Abroad program participants live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about the host country’s society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate others about American culture while learning about their host country’s culture.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy and promotes lasting personal and institutional relationships through an academic year school and a home-stay experience. t -school students, ages 15-18, live with host families, attend school and participate in community life. Another part of the program is dedicated to young professionals (undergraduates) and high-school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 who study and participate in practical training. Prior German language skills are not required. Recruiting for the 2012-2013 programs is underway. For more information and application deadlines visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at

The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain firsthand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. ECA has partnered with several different organizations to implement this program, and each of them has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. In 2012, more than 300 selected participants will be able to travel to Bangladesh, Cambodia, Japan, Kenya, Mongolia, Norway, or Panama and Costa Rica. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program American Youth Leadership Program for links to the partner organization’s program information.