Saturday, September 19, 2015

Apply to Study Abroad 2016-17, courtesy of the Dept. of State

Applications are now being accepted for the Department of State sponsored study abroad programs U.S. high school students for 2016-17:
  •   National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) 
  •   Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)   
  •   Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) with Germany                       
These merit-based scholarships include international airfare, tuition, and program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family).  

The programs include language training, and as such, have no prior language restrictions or prerequisites.  Gap year students who meet the age requirements are also encouraged to apply.  
Each program has a separate online application process, and application deadlines vary from late October through early January.  

Visit the program websites or for specific information and application deadlines.  

We are particularly trying to reach young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience.  
The attached short announcement about our programs is pasted below.  
Many thanks!
Christine Kozlowski  
Youth Programs Division
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State

The U.S. Department of State Announces
Scholarships for American High School
Students to Study Abroad
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.   The application deadline for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-2017 programs is October 29, 2015. Visit for more information.  

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers  merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.  Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project.  Applications for academic year 2016-17 programs are due December 1, 2015.  Visit for more information. 

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships for an academic year in Germany.  The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at  Deadlines for U.S. applicants range from December 1, 2015 to January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency.

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges.   To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to

For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student.  Learn more at


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