A select number of AFS Exchange Students receive full merit-based scholarships awarded by the U.S. Department of State. In order to come to the U.S. on these scholarships and become a member of a host family, school, and community, students engage in a highly competitive selection process in their home countries. During their year or semester here, these sponsored students participate in enrichment activities with other students to deepen their experience and learning about U.S. culture.
“I remember Desy standing in our foyer with two suitcases and a smile on her face. From that first day she arrived from Indonesia until she left our home the following June, Desy was kind, loving, respectful, inquisitive, studious, and willing to learn our culture with honest interest.”
-Louise Leuthner, Host mom of Desy, YES student from Indonesia
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program was launched in 1983 between the U.S. Congress and German Parliament (Bundestag). Students come from Germany.
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program created in 2003, advances mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. Students come from 40 countries, including Egypt, Ghana, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia, and Turkey.