Expand Your Horizons – Study Abroad!

U.S Department of State offers high school study abroad scholarships to a variety of programs and destinations.


Kristine Makhatlishvili, Staff Writer

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. Previous language study is not required, but most scholarships require students to have a 3.0 GPA or higher. These programs offer students additional study abroad opportunities to many different countries and provide financial assistance. Students live with host families, engage with local schools and gain skills to be competitive in the global workforce. Here is more information about the U.S. Department of State exchange program offerings.

1. CBYX: Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange 

  • Explore German culture and language
  • Length: Academic year
  • Scholarship: Covers most costs; additional needs- based funding available
  • www.usagermanyscholarship.org

2. YES Abroad: Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad

  • Study in countries with significant Muslim populations in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, or the Balkans.
  • Length: Academic year
  • Scholarship: Fully funded
  • www.yes-abroad.org

3. NSLI-Y: National Security Language Initiative for Youth

  • Immerse yourself in Arabic, Indonesian, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, or Turkish
  • Length: Six week summer or academic year
  • Scholarship: Fully funded
  • www.nsliforyouth.org

4. Youth Ambassadors