Three U.S. Department of State Student Scholarships Available through AFS-USA!

AFS-USA is happy to announce the release of three scholarships for high school students to study abroad, funded fully by the U.S Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. We encourage you to learn more about these great opportunities to open your students and classrooms to the world, and to spread the word to motivated youth!

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

A merit-based scholarship for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught 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, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish.

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  • NSLI-Y application deadline: 4pm (ET) on October 30, 2014

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad

An innovative high school student exchange program between Americans and people from countries with significant Muslim populations. Sixty-five full scholarships are available to American high school students to live with host families and study for one academic year in countries that may include: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, and Turkey.

  • The U.S. Department of State reserves the right to amend this list at any time
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  • YES Abroad application deadline is January 7, 2015

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)

An academic year program for high school and gap year students to study abroad in Germany. Congress-Bundestag scholars serve as ‘youth ambassadors’ of the United States, sharing their life and culture with their German hosts and local government officials, and gaining new perspectives on global current affairs.

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  • Students living in the northeastern U.S. apply through AFS with an application deadline of midnight (ET) on January 8, 2015; students residing outside of the NE can visit the program website for more information