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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:

  • Must be born between February 15, 2004 and August 15, 2007
  • Be between the ages of 15 to 18.5 by the start of the program (August 15, 2022)
  • Be enrolled in a secondary school (Grade 9 or Grade 10) at the time of application.
  • Have an overall grade of at least "B" (80%) without failing grades and a cumulative grade of "B+" (85%) or better in English for the past three years.
  • Meet a minimum English proficiency requirement, which will be measured by a test.
  • Demonstrate flexibility and a commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding.
  • Be a citizen of Jordan.
  • Must not be a U.S Citizen or permanent residence or have been born in the United States.
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements (for instance, U.S. citizens are not eligible for J-1 visa).


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.


There are no upcoming information sessions at this time.


Application deadline is closed.

Required attachments:

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

Complete applications can be submitted through:

Delivered by handTo Amideast
Delivered by handTo Johud Centers (Press here for centers locations)
By emailSend the filled application along with the needed documents to: ScholarshipsJO@amideast.org
Through Online application on Google FormsPress here to go to the link

    Application deadline is 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.