Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES)

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The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program brings high school students from countries of strategic importance to the United States for an academic year to advance the U.S. foreign policy goals of promoting civil society, youth leadership development, and lasting ties between Americans and the people of participating countries.  Applicants compete for YES scholarships through a rigorous, merit-based selection process.  While on program, participants live with American host families, attend high school, and engage in community service and civic education activities. Since 2003, nearly 13,000 students from over 45 countries have participated in YES.

Program Length

U.S. Academic Year (Semester for Malaysians)

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Visit the YES program's websitefor eligibility criteria and additional program information.

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