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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program

If you would like to spend a year of high school in the United States, YES may be the program for you!
YES Program

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.


To be eligible to participate in the YES, students:

  • Be enrolled in 9th or 10th grade at a secondary school at the time of application
  • Must be born between February 1, 2003 and August 1, 2006
  • Meet a minimum English proficiency requirement, which will be measured by a test
  • Have a cumulative grade of B (80%) without any failing grades and a grade of B+ (85%) or better in English for the past three years
  • Should demonstrate flexibility and a commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding
  • Must not be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, or have been born in the United States
  • Be a citizen of Jordan



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 with leadership-building workshops, appropriate information, and support as needed to enhance their year in the United States. Students with disabilities must also meet the above eligibility requirements.


To download the application form click here.

Completed applications can be delivered by hand to Amideast Jordan office or by email to ScholarshipsJO@amideast.org

Required attachments:

  • Filled YES application
  • Official final transcripts for the past two years
  • Copy of your birth certificate

Deadline has been closed


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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.