Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program is a program funded through the U.S. Department of State and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide scholarships for Tunisian high school students (15-17 years old) to spend up to one academic year in the U.S.
Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their country and culture. The YES program is a merit-based competition open to students who would not traditionally have access to American Secondary education and who exhibit academic excellence, leadership potential, and a desire to enhance relations between the United States and their home countries.
"YES” students will be able to attend public schools and participate in various activities
The “Kennedy Lugar YES” program not only introduces the American culture to students from all over the Arab World but also allows them to be ambassadors of their own countries.
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Deadline: The complete application dossier must be submitted to AMIDEAST Tunis/Sousse no later than December 12th, 2014
Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.
Pre-selected students will sit for an English SLEP test and only students who get a score of 45 or more on the test will sit for the ELTiS test (http://www.eltistest.com/home/index.php).
Final selection will be based on the application, grades, essays, test scores and interviews conducted by a local review panel.
You can submit your application directly to AMIDEAST Centers (Tunis and Sousse ) or through the Ministry of Education. For more information on how to apply and to know more about planned information sessions to be held in other regions of the country, please contact the YES program coordinator: Nada Belhassen at email@example.com
THIS PROGRAM IS OPEN TO STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES
The program can support students with disabilities and encourages their participation. The Department of State and the YES program work with Mobility International (MIUSA) to provide students with disabilities leadership-building workshops, appropriate information and support as needed to enhance their year in America. Students with disabilities must also meet the above eligibility requirements.
YES application and selection process
There are multiple rounds to the YES application and selection process. All applicants are required to take an English proficiency exam, write a proctored essay, complete a YES program application, and participate in group and individual in-person interviews. All finalists are selected on the basis of merit.
· Pre-Application: Eligible students interested in applying are asked to fill out the Kennedy-Lugar YES preliminary application form available online. Applications can be delivered in person, sent through the schools, or mailed to the office. A complete application must contain: Kennedy-Lugar YES preliminary application form; a recommendation letter from a teacher; certified true copies of the official annual grade transcripts of the last three years; high school registration certificate; and current passport-sized photo. Incomplete applications will NOT be considered;
· English Language Proficiency Test and Essays: Pre-selected applicants are invited to take an English Language Proficiency Test and write proctored essays;
· Full Application: Selected applicants are invited to complete the full YES application;
· In-person Interviews: Candidates who pass the English language proficiency exams and whose applications are accepted are invited for in-person group and individual interviews.
Since 2003, we have sent over 190 Tunisia high school students through the Kennedy-Lugar YES program. 2012-2013 YES participants: www.youtube.com/watch
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For more information abou thte YES Alumni activities, please follow the link: http://yesprograms.org/alumni
For additional information about the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program, please contact:
YES Program Coordinator:
22 rue Al Amine Al Abassi
Cite Jardins – 1002 Tunis
Monday– Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
For those living in Southern parts of Tunisia, you may contact:
Avenue Yasser Arafat – 4054 Sahloul
Monday– Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.