Public Diplomacy Initiatives

The Public Diplomacy Initiatives include four meaningful and rewarding programs that bring international participants to the US and send American students abroad. These programs include Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES), National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) and Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX).

These programs offer international participants the opportunity to study in the US or American students the opportunity to study abroad on full scholarships funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the US Department of State. AFS Public Diplomacy Initiatives embrace the mission of AFS to build a more just and peaceful world through international exchange.

  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange

    The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program was launched in 1983 by the US Congress and the German Parliament. AFS currently provides 50 merit-based, full scholarships for US students and 60 scholarships for German participants.

  • NSLI for Youth

    NSLI-Y encourages a lifetime of language study and cultural understanding by providing approximately 600 fully funded scholarships to high school students between the ages of 15 and 18. For more information visit the NSLI-Y homepage.

  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study

    The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was initiated by the Department of State in the aftermath of Sept. 11. It aims to build bridges of understanding between Americans and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.