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


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 Tunisian YES alumni network.


  1. Students should have a record of high academic achievement demonstrated by an overall "B+" average (13/20) for the past three years (with no failing grades);
  2. Students must be currently enrolled in the First or Second year of secondary school (Tunisian Educational System), in Troisième or Seconde (French Educational System) AND between 15 and 17 years old by the time the program begins, next August 2020;
  3. Students should demonstrate maturity, good character, scholastic aptitude, flexibility and commitment to promoting cross cultural understanding;
  4. Students should have leadership qualities and demonstrate willingness to participate in the American host family's daily life;
  5. Students should meet the English proficiency requirement (minimum of 14/20 in English for the past three years);
  6. Students must not be U.S. citizens or permanent residents, and were not born in the United States.


We are not currently accepting applications

  1. Complete an AMIDEAST YES Preliminary Application 
  2. Provide a high school registration certificate (شهادة حضور)
  3. Provide birth certificate
  4. Provide certified true copies of the official annual grade transcripts of the last three years 
  5. Provide 2 current photos.

Incomplete applications will NOT be considered.

How to submit your YES application?

1- Submit the application directly at one of our centers:

Tunis Office address: 33 Rue Ahmed Ramy 1002 Tunis-Belvédère

Sousse Office address: Avenue Yasser Arafat 4054 Sahloul

Tunis Office address: 33 Rue Ahmed Ramy 1002 Tunis-Belvédère Send it via "rapide poste" to our main office in Tunis. Before sending your application to our office, please make sure to keep a copy for yourself.

3- Through your school which then will be sent to us through the Ministry of Education.

For more information on how to apply and to learn more about planned information sessions to be held in other regions of the country, please contact the YES program coordinator: Sahar Kamkoum at 


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 the United States. 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 schools, or mailed to the office. A complete application must contain: Kennedy-Lugar YES preliminary application form; 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.

YES Alumni in Tunisia:

Since 2003, we have sent over 330 Tunisian high school students through the Kennedy-Lugar YES program.

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Deadline for submitting the application is October 25th, 2019.


For additional information about the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program, please contact:

Exchange Program Coordinator:

Sahar Kamkoum

Mailing Address:

33 Rue Ahmed Ramy  | 1002 Tunis-Belvédère 

E-mail Address:


95.994.515 ;




Office Hours:

Monday– Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Exchange Program Assistant: 

Yassine Mtiri

Mailing Address:

33 Rue Ahmed Ramy  | 1002 Tunis Belvédère 

E-mail Address:





Office Hours:

Monday– Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

For those living in Southern parts of Tunisia, you may contact:

Mailing Address:

Avenue Yasser Arafat – 4054 Sahloul





Office Hours:

Monday– Friday: 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.



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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.