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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program

If you would you like to spend a year of high school in the United States, YES may be the program for you!
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The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program provides scholarships for high school students to study for one academic year in the United States. YES students live with a host family, attend an American high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values; they also help educate Americans about their home country and culture. The program supports students with disabilities and encourages their participation.

Funded by the U.S. Department of State, the YES program was established by the U.S. Congress in 2003 to improve understanding between countries with significant Muslim populations and the United States. YES students serve as “youth ambassadors” of their home country, forming a cultural bridge of understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities.

After their year in the United States, YES alumni can look forward to participating in the active Jordanian YES alumni network.


  • Be a Jordanian citizen

  • Be at least 15 years old and no older than 18.5 by August 1st the following year

  • Be currently enrolled in the 9th or 10th Grade

  • Have an overall grade of at least “B” (80%) in all academic subjects for the past two years

  • Have an overall grade of at least “B+” (85%) in English for the past two years

  • Meet a minimum English proficiency requirement, which will be measured by a test

  • Demonstrate flexibility and a commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding

  • Should not be a U.S. citizen, U.S. permanent resident, or previous applicant for immigration to the U.S.


We are currently not taking registrations, new cycle starts September/October 2019


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YES is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government and supported in its implementation by AMIDEAST.