Complete Eligibility Requirements
for FLEX Abroad

Applicants who meet the following eligibility criteria are welcome to apply here for the 2022 - 2023 program:

  • U.S. citizen

  • 15-18.5 years of age at start of program 

  • Enrolled in high school at the time of application

  • Do not have any immediate family members who work at the U.S. Department of State, U.S. Agency for International Development, or public or private organizations that are under contract or grant agreement with the U.S. Department of State on U.S. Department of State exchange programs.

  • Have not previously traveled overseas on the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES Abroad) program, the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) academic year program, or the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) program.

FLEX Abroad welcomes applications from all U.S. citizens regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation, or gender identity. Applicants are encouraged to apply regardless of grade-point average or academic performance.