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Study Abroad High School Students 2016

The U.S. Department of State offers scholarships for American high school students to study abroad.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The NSLI-Y offers merit-based scholarships to study one of the seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. This 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 the 2016-2017 academic year is  October 29, 2015. Visit for more information.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange Study (YES) Abroad Program

The YES 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 the 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. 

The application deadline for the 2016-2017 academic year is  December 1, 2015. Visit for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX)

The CBYX offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in Germany. The program  was established in 1983 to celebrate the German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life. 

The deadlines for U.S. applicants range from  December 1, 2015 to  January 15, 2016, depending on state of residency. For more information, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit

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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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