The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) provides more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries – and we’d like your help to spread the word. These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century’s global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions. The application periods will open in late summer/early fall for the following programs:
· Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
- National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
- Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)
- Youth Ambassadors
These scholarship programs cover international airfare, tuition, program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, except select Youth Ambassadors programs, and applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 when the program starts. We are particularly trying to reach young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience.
Please share this information with teachers, students, parents, and others in your networks who may be interested in these opportunities.
Attached is a flyer with more details. You may find this announcement and other outreach materials athttp://bit.ly/studyabroadinhighschool. If you would like to receive printed materials, please send your contact information, and affiliation, and quantity requested to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you again for your assistance in spreading the word about these programs. Please let us know if you have any questions.
Youth Programs Division
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
U.S. Department of State