AFS-USA is happy to announce that all three scholarships funded by the U.S. Department of State are now accepting applications for 2020-21 programs! We encourage you to learn more about these great opportunities to open your students and classrooms to the world, and to share the opportunity with motivated high school students!

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

A merit-based scholarship for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn critical languages in overseas programs. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Summer and academic year programs are available for Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish.


Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad

An innovative high school student cultural exchange program between Americans and people from countries of strategic importance. Sixty-five full scholarships are available to American high school students who want to step outside their comfort zone and live with host families and study for one academic year in countries that may include: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Malaysia, Morocco, North Macedonia, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey.

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  • YES Abroad application deadline is December 3, 2019


Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)

Jointly managed by the U.S. and German governments, the CBYX program provides 350 scholarships for high school students, high school graduates in vocational fields, and young professionals for an academic year home-stay program in Germany. 250 American high school scholarship recipients will serve as “youth ambassadors” from the United States while attending a German high school and participating in educational, cultural, and civic events, including meetings and receptions with U.S. and German government officials. The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs administers the CBYX high school program regionally through four well-established international exchange organizations; applicants can visit the scholarship website to connect with the organization in their region.