Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs

High School
Study Abroad

Study Abroad Opportunities for U.S. High School Students

Experience a new world and expand your horizons - study abroad in high school! The U.S. Department of State offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. Create long-lasting friendships with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop leadership skills.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad

Full scholarships for American high school students to live and study in Middle East, Africa, Asia, or the Balkans. Get to know Muslim culture first-hand and form lasting friendships with your host family and community!

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Full scholarship to study Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, or Turkish for a summer or an academic year. Live abroad with a host family while pursuing your intensive language study. Previous language study is not required. Language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply!

Congress–Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

Full scholarships for high school students to spend an academic year in Germany. Live with a host family while you attend high school or participate in an internship. Live and learn German culture!

Youth Ambassadors

Full scholarships for high school students and adult mentors to take part in a 3-week youth leadership programs in Central and South America during the summer months. Use your Spanish language skills in Argentina, Chile, or Uruguay, or gain new skills in Portuguese through the Brazil exchange program.

Study Abroad Opportunities for U.S. High School Students

Experience a new world and expand your horizons - study abroad in high school! The U.S. Department of State offers full scholarships to high school students to study abroad for one academic year. Create long-lasting friendships with people around the globe, promote mutual understanding, learn a new language, and develop leadership skills.

Congress–Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

Full scholarships for high school students to spend an academic year in Germany. Live with a host family while you attend high school or participate in an internship. Live and learn German culture!

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Full scholarship to study Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, or Turkish for a summer or an academic year. Live abroad with a host family while pursuing your intensive language study. Previous language study is not required. Language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply!

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad

Full scholarships for American high school students to live and study in Middle East, Africa, Asia, or the Balkans. Get to know Muslim culture first-hand and form lasting friendships with your host family and community!


Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Exchange Programs

U.S. Department of State