Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad


Gain a better understanding of the Muslim world! 
The YES Abroad program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to develop a perspective of a Muslim culture first-hand. Participants spend an academic year attending a high school while living with a host family in select countries with significant Muslim populations. A network of support through partner international exchange organizations, field staff, trained volunteers, and carefully selected host families helps ensure a successful exchange experience. 
Participants serve as “youth ambassadors” of the United States, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities. If you have a passion for learning about other cultures, this program may be for you!
Approximately 65 American students participate in YES Abroad each year. Upon their return to the United States, the students apply their leadership skills and share knowledge about their host countries through community engagement. 

Program Length

U.S. Academic Year

Eligibility and Application Overview

Public applications are accepted.

Eligibility details for the 2017-2018 program.

  • Must be a U.S. citizen 
  • 15-18.5 years of age at start of program, applicants must be born between December 24, 1998 and June 24, 2002 
  • Enrolled in high school (including home school) at the time of application 
  • For the following countries, prior French skills are required: Morocco, Senegal 
  • The YES Abroad program seeks applicants of all racial, ethnic, religious, socio-economic backgrounds, and sexual orientations.


Applications now open. Applications due December 1, 2016 by 11:59 PST

Recently Viewed Programs


Search our Exchange Programs

Full Program Search