The U.S. Department of State offers merit-based scholarships for American high school students to study abroad from three weeks to an academic year. Students live with host families, engage with local schools, and gain skills to be competitive in the global workforce. Previous language study is not required for most programs.
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad
Full scholarships for American high school students to live and study in Middle East, Africa, Asia, or the Balkans. Get to know Muslim culture first-hand and form lasting friendships with your host family and community!
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
Apply for a full scholarship to immerse yourself in Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Mandarin, Persian (Tajik), Russian, or Turkish for a summer or an academic year while living with a host family and experiencing the local culture. Previous language study is not required!
Full scholarships for high school students and adult mentors to take part in a 3-week youth leadership programs in Central and South America during the summer months. Use your Spanish language skills in Argentina, Chile, or Uruguay, or gain new skills in Portuguese through the Brazil exchange program.