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.

The application period for the 2016-2017 academic year is closed. Register on the YES Programs website to be notified when the 2017-2018 application becomes available in Fall 2016.


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