State Department Scholarships for High School Study Abroad

The U.S. Department of State recently announced scholarships for American high school students to study abroad. Please share the information below with your K-12 students and colleagues! 

Applications are now being accepted for the following study abroad programs for U.S. high school students. 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 have no language prerequisites, and gap year students are encouraged to apply as long as they meet the age requirements.

Please note that each program has a separate online application process, and application deadlines vary from late October through early January. Visit the program websites or www.exchanges.state.gov for specific information and application deadlines.

  • 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 2016-17 programs is October 29, 2015. Visit www.nsliforyouth.org 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 www.yes-abroad.org 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 www.usagermanyscholarship.org. 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 www.exchanges.state.gov or watch this video about U.S. high school student exchanges. To receive printed brochures and/or posters about study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request to youthprograms@state.gov.

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

CIEE Summer Abroad Program has scholarships that are substantial and significant for 2017 that are open to any student graduating in 2017 and years after who want to participate in a 3 or 4 week program. There are 35 exciting summer programs in Language and Culture, Service and Leadership or Global Discovery. If you are not familiar with CIEE and their 69-year history of facilitating meaningful international exchanges, please visit their website. There is also an additional attached copy of how the scholarships work and the list of locations and dates for this summer, but you can read much more about any specific program if you open any page from the following link: http://www.ciee.org/high-school-summer-abroad/ .