Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program 2021-22

An exciting exchange program opportunity for the secondary school students is YES Program 2021-22. This exchange study program is funded by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. YES Program offers opportunity for secondary school students from many countries to study in American high Schools and live with American host Families. The duration of YES Program is One Year.

The YES program is administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of non-profit organizations. Purpose of this exchange program is to give opportunities for secondary school students to engage in study and extracurricular activities with their American classmates.

The participating students act as cultural ambassadors to their American host communities, interacting with YES students provides them with an opportunity to learn about the rich and vibrant culture of students’ home countries.

YES Program 2021-22 Details

  • Host Organization: U.S. Department of State by a consortium of non-profit organizations.
  • Course Level:  Secondary School Education
  • Eligible Region: Open for Selected Countries
  • Category: Exchange Program
  • Country: United States
  • Fields of Study: All Subjects
  • Deadline:  30th Oct 2020

Countries Eligible for YES Program 2021-22

Following are the list of countries eligible for YES Program for Session of 2021-22,

  • Albania
  • Bahrain
  • Bangladesh
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Cameroon
  • Egypt
  • Gaza
  • Ghana
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Israel (Arab Communities)
  • Jordan
  • Kenya
  • Kosovo
  • Kuwait
  • Lebanon
  • Liberia
  • Libya
  • Malaysia
  • Mali
  • Morocco
  • Mozambique
  • Nigeria
  • North Macedonia
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Saudi Arabia
  • Senegal
  • Sierra Leone
  • South Africa
  • Suriname
  • Tanzania
  • Thailand
  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • West Bank
  • Yemen

What is the duration of YES Program?

The duration of this exchange program is One Year

Age Limit of YES Program

Age limit is minimum 15 years to maximum 17 years on August 1st, 2021

Benefits of YES Program 2021

  • Free Air Travel
  • USA Visa Fee
  • Boarding and lodging in the U.S.A
  • Tuition Fee waiver
  • Monthly Stipend of 125$ will be given

What is the Eligibility Criteria for YES Scholarship Program 2021-22

  • Must be resident of eligible countries for YES Program
  • Secondary school students in their home country who are currently (Academic year 2020-21) enrolled in 9th or 10th grade or ‘O’ Levels students. (Note for O’ Level Students: Only O’ Level 9th grade or O’ Level 10th grade students are eligible to apply. O’ Level 11th graders are not eligible.)
  • Minimum 15 years of age and not older than 17 years on August 1, 2021. (born between August 1, 2004 to August 1, 2006)
  • Minimum 60% marks in all major/core subjects (English, Mathematics, Sciences) in the last three years; overall minimum average 60% marks for the past three years. (Students with a gap year or a repeated year are not eligible.)
  • Can communicate in English. Minimum 60% marks in English exam during the past three years (2017-18, 2018-19 and 2019-20).
  • Have not traveled to the United States.

Students who meet the following in addition to the above criteria are likely to be short listed for the final round of selection.

  • Pass online interview.
  • Know and practice Pakistani culture and values, and able to represent the same in the U.S. schools and communities.
  • Demonstrate maturity, flexibility, adaptability, good character, and scholastic aptitude.
  • Willingness to participate in the host family’s daily life.
  • Record of all necessary immunizations, as outlined in the Final Student Application, before arriving in the U.S.A
  • Should demonstrate flexibility and a commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding.
  • Agreement to attend classes as a full-time student and maintain at least a ‘B’ Grade average in American high school.
  • Willingness and agreement to abide by the ‘YES Student Rules’ as outlined in the YES Final Application and all other rules and policies during the program.
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements.

What are the documents required for YES Program ?

  • Birth certificate
  • Smart Card or Certificate (FRC)
  • Academic transcripts of the last three years
  • a preliminary application must have signatures from parents, students and principal
  • incomplete application will be rejected

Application and Selection Process

STEP-1 Online Preliminary Application

STEP-2 Online Interview

STEP-3 In-person Interview, Group Activity and English language test

STEP-4 Final Evaluation

How to Apply for YES Scholarship Program

You have to apply for YES Program country specific website. For Pakistanis visit the link below to start you online application

Apply Link

Official Link

International Link

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