Study Abroad Opportunities for U.S. High School Students

Google+ Hangout for High School Students

Prepare yourself to live, work, and succeed in a global economy. Study abroad connects American high school students with future leaders around the world, enabling them to collaborate on today’s global challenges such as human rights, community development, workforce development, climate change, and global health. Scholarship opportunities are open to all American high school students who meet program eligibility criteria. The Department of State seeks applicants representing the diversity of the United States.

“You see, our world is more interconnected than ever before, and the challenges we face – from combating climate change, to expanding economic opportunity, to confronting the spread of nuclear weapons – know no borders. They cannot be solved by any one person or group in any one country, and soon it will fall to our next generation to confront these challenges together. And a good education – one that helps young people understand the world beyond their borders and engage with people from different cultures – will empower young people … and ensure that our shared future is peaceful and prosperous.” – First Lady Michelle Obama, March, 2014, Beijing, China.

Scholarship programs include:
  • American Youth Leadership Program: These three- to four-week group exchanges offer high school students and teachers the opportunity to study global issues in select countries overseas. Activities include workshops, site visits, and homestays, and participants design community service projects to complete once they return home.
  • Congress–Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX): The CBYX program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to spend an academic year attending a German school while living with a host family. No previous language skills are required. Students return from the program with a greater perspective on German social, economic, and political life.
  • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y): Now more than ever, linguistic skills and cultural knowledge are important building blocks for American citizens to be leaders in a global world. NSLI-Y provides scholarships for summer and academic year overseas immersion programs that focus on the study of Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish. Previous language study is not required, and language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply.
  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad: YES Abroad provides students with an opportunity to develop a firsthand perspective of a Muslim culture through spending an academic year attending school and living with a host family in select countries with significant Muslim populations. Participants serve as “youth ambassadors” of the United States, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities, and upon returning, share their knowledge with their home communities.

Google+ Hangout for High School Educators and Staff

The U.S. Department of State hosted a Google+ Hangout for high school educators, guidance counselors, and staff on May 22, 2014, to discuss the benefits of sending high school students to study abroad plus answered questions about the study abroad experience posed on social media.

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