Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Abroad

At-a-Glance

Advance Your Global Competitiveness and Cross-Cultural Understanding through an Academic Year Study Abroad Scholarship

The new FLEX Abroad program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to attend a local school in Kazakhstan, Poland, or Ukraine for an academic year.  FLEX Abroad participants serve as young ambassadors of the United States, promoting mutual understanding and forming lasting relationships with their host families and local communities.  A network of support through partner international exchange organizations, field staff, trained volunteers, and carefully selected host families helps ensure a successful exchange experience. 

If you have a passion for learning about other cultures, this program may be for you!

By participating in FLEX Abroad, students will develop leadership skills, make friends in other countries, and learn about a new culture by living with a host family, and gain an understanding of shared global interests and values.  FLEX Abroad will promote the development of respectful and enduring relationships between Americans and citizens of other countries, while giving participants new perspectives on American culture from the vantage point of living overseas.

Approximately 15 American students will participate in FLEX Abroad in 2022-2023.  Upon their return to the United States, the students will be able to apply their leadership skills and share knowledge about their host countries through community engagement. 

Launched in 1993 after the dissolution of the Soviet Union, the FLEX program strengthens ties between the peoples of the United States and Europe and Eurasia.  There are more than 30,000 FLEX alumni from 24 countries across the regions, making a difference in our world.  In 2022-23, the inaugural FLEX Abroad program will offer American high schoolers the chance to experience some of these amazing countries.  

Program Length

U.S. Academic Year (9-10 months)

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

The 2022-2023 application is now OPEN.  The submission deadline is December 8, 2021 at 11:59pm ET. Click HERE to start an application.  

Eligibility details for the 2022-2023 program:

  • Must be a U.S. citizen 
  • 15-18.5 years of age at start of program
  • Enrolled in high school (including home school) at the time of application 
  • Must not be a current or former ECA long-term program participant
  • Must not be an immediate family member of someone employed with the Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, or an organization under contract or grant to implement Department of State programs

The FLEX Abroad program welcomes applicants that represent the diversity of the United States, inclusive of race, ethnicity, religion, socio-economic background, disability, gender identity, and sexual orientation.

 

For more information:
www.discoverflex.org/flex-abroad 
Call (800) 380-6552

Interested in hosting a FLEX student?
Visit www.discoverflex.org/apply-to-host

Recently Viewed Programs

 

Search our Exchange Programs

Full Program Search

Economic Impact in U.S.A.

state map

Find out the impact of ECA exchange programs and initiatives in each U.S. state.

Learn more