The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is offering American high school students and recent graduates full scholarships to study for one academic year in countries with significant Muslim populations. YES Abroad was started in 2009 as the reciprocal program for YES-which brings students from predominantly Islamic countries to the United States for a year. YES was started shortly after 9/11 to help promote cultural understanding between the United States and Islamic countries. Each academic year YES Abroad awards 65 American teens full scholarships This year, YES is sending American students to : Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, Turkey, Bulgaria, and Jordan.
YES Abroad students serve as “youth ambassadors” of the United States, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities. Participants live with a host family, attend a local high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about the host country’s society and values; they also help educate others about American society and values.
The YES Abroad scholarship covers costs related to: round-trip airfare, room and board for the Pre-Departure Orientation; round-trip airfare between the participant’s home region and community abroad; in-country support; cultural activities; school tuition (where applicable); room and board with a host family; secondary medical benefits; visa fees; and a modest stipend.
If you are a prospective student, I encourage you to apply as soon as you can. You can apply as a high school student, no matter the grade! If you have any questions about the application process or are looking for tips, check out my “Contact” page so we can chat.
For more information and where you start an application, visit http://yes-abroad.org/
*Information on this page was adapted from YES-Abroad’s website directly*