YES Abroad Scholarship
About the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program
65 full scholarships are available through YES Abroad for American high school students and recent graduates to study for one academic year in select countries with significant Muslim populations.
First authorized by the U.S. Congress in the aftermath of September 11th, 2001, the YES program seeks to increase mutual understanding between the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. In 2007, the YES program was expanded to include YES Abroad, giving American high school students the opportunity to live and study abroad in a YES partner country.
The YES program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
The 2014-2015 YES Abroad program application period has closed. Interested applicants can register to be notified when the 2015-2016 program application becomes available in the fall of 2014 by clicking "sign up" on the How to Apply page of the YES Abroad website. Existing 2014-2015 program applicants can access their submitted applications here.
Find more information about the program and how to apply at www.yes-abroad.org.
What does YES Abroad offer?
Full merit-based scholarships to study for one academic year in countries that may include: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia and Turkey
Host family and high school experiences that help build mutual understanding between Americans and citizens of countries with significant Muslim populations
Opportunities to explore religious diversity in non-Western cultures
What are the benefits of YES Abroad?
Alumni networks through AFS and the U.S. Department of State to continue intercultural learning
Springboards to other government sponsored programs and scholarships
Connections to the larger network of YES students studying in the U.S. from roughly 40 countries
Am I eligible?
Eligible students are:
Enrolled in high school at the time of application
15-18 years of age at the start of the program
Additional eligibility requirements can be found on the YES Abroad webpage.
How are winners selected?
YES Abroad staff and volunteers screen applications and select semi-finalists based on eligibility and demonstrated qualities
Semi-finalists participate in a group interview event in early spring
Scholarship finalists are announced in the spring
Additional Scholarships Available
Full and 50% scholarships for year programs
Vaya a América Latina
50% merit-based scholarships for summer, semester and year programs to Argentina and Costa Rica
$2,000 merit-based scholarships for year programs to Italy
Partial scholarships for year academic programs to out of the ordinary study abroad destinations
Full scholarships for year programs to Germany
NSLI for Youth
Full scholarships for summer and year programs to countries where critical languages are spoken
Full scholarships for year programs to countries with significant Muslim populations
AFS Family Awards
Tuition discounts for students with certain previous connections to AFS Host Families, Volunteers, Returnees or ambulance drivers of the American Field Service.