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Study abroad in high school on a scholarship in Georgia, Kazakhstan, Poland, or Romania!

Studying abroad is an exciting journey. International experience is a key to success in our increasingly interdependent and changing world. In 2021, the U.S. Department of State and American Councils for International Education announced the inaugural year of the Future Leaders Exchange Abroad (FLEX Abroad) program. After three decades of success welcoming international students to the United States through the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program, we are now offering an opportunity for U.S. citizens to go abroad. FLEX Abroad provides a unique fully funded exchange experience for American high school students to build global awareness and intercultural competency. This experience positively impacts students’ personal growth and ensures global mutual understanding through direct interaction with another culture.

Deciding on the best program can be challenging. To help you make an informed decision on whether FLEX Abroad is the right fit, we invite you to review the Frequently Asked Questions for Students and Parents. If you would like to read what alumni and current participants say about the impact this kind of exchange has had on them, please explore our sister programs: Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Abroad and National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y). The Department of State has conducted study abroad exchange programs for American high school students safely and successfully since the launch of CBYX in 1983, NSLI-Y in 2006, and YES Abroad in 2009. 


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Application Deadline
for 2024-25 Academic Year:
December 6, 2023

  • U.S. citizens ages 15 to 18½ years at the start of the program and currently enrolled in high school are eligible to apply. Complete details are available here and in the application.

  • We welcome applicants that represent the diversity of the United States, including students with disabilities.

The U.S. Department of State reserves the right to amend the FLEX Abroad country list at any time.

"If you want to experience a new culture, learn a new language, meet new people, and have a life-changing experience, apply!!! I am thankful everyday for this opportunity, and I wouldn't trade it for the world."

2022-23 FLEX Abroad Alum

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