YES Abroad

Full, merit-based scholarship through the U.S. Department of State to promote mutual understanding between the people of the United States and people of countries with significant Muslim populations.

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About the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program

Full scholarships are available through YES Abroad for American high school students 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's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

The 2016 - 2017 program is no longer accepting new applicants. Find more information about the program and how to apply at

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Berry Lauren YES Abroad opened my eyes and heart to the global community. By being a daughter, sister, and friend I was able to learn about and share culture. I now have two homes, two families, and countless friends from around the world. - Hannah, YES Abroad Malaysia Alumna