World Link host brother Jacob (see left) was interested in having a similar experience as his exchange brother, so he went online to learn more about study abroad opportunities for American high school students.
He applied for the YES Abroad program, was selected, and spent the 2015-2016 academic year in Turkey on a full scholarship! In 2018, Jacob was selected to further his Turkish studies in Azerbaijan through the Critical Language Scholarship program.
If you or your American son or daughter is high school aged and interested in spending a summer or a full academic year in another country- World Link encourages you to apply for any of the following programs below:
The Kennedy-Lugar YES Abroad program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers American high school students and recent graduates full scholarships to study for one academic year in one of around 13 YES countries with significant Muslim populations. The YES Abroad program was initiated as a reciprocal extension of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program for international students from countries with significant Muslim populations. The first group of Americans participated in YES Abroad in the 2009-2010 academic year and now offers 65 full scholarships to American students nationwide.
Learn more: http://www.yes-abroad.org/
Application Deadline: Available Fall before start to the program year. Due two months after it is available.
NSLI For Youth
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. NSLI-Y programs offer intensive language immersion in a variety of locations around the world. Scholarships are available for students to learn one of the following languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, or Turkish.
Learn More: http://www.nsliforyouth.org/
Application Deadline: Available Early Fall before start to the program year. Due at the end of the following October after application is available.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) is for motivated high school students who want to experience a culture and learn a language through a full immersion experience. Students will learn about German culture first-hand by living with a host family and attending a German high school. Initiated in 1983, CBYX was created to strengthen ties between Germany and the United States through citizen diplomacy. CBYX is jointly funded by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag, and in the U.S. is overseen by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Over 23,000 students have prepared themselves for success in an increasingly global world by participating in the CBYX program.
Learn More: http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/
Application Deadline: Available Fall before the start to the program year. Due between the following December-February depending on implementing organization.
Youth Ambassadors Program
The Youth Ambassadors Program is a 3-week leadership exchange program for high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Western Hemisphere. The program provides full scholarships for participants to take part in cultural and educational programming focused on a variety of themes specific to the different countries.
Application Deadline: Apply in the fall.