Study Abroad Opportunities for U.S. 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.

Youth Program Opportunities

American Youth Leadership Program

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)

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)

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

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.

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Erica walking near the surf in South Africa.
Erica A. Participant Secondary/High School Students United States Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad South Africa Read the story

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Samantha with her host family
Samantha S. Participant Secondary/High School Students United States National Security Language Initiative for Youth Turkey Read the story