Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES)
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Program Description

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) is seeking Palestinian secondary school students to participate in a study-in-the-USA initiative for high school students during the 2018-2019 school year.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) scholarships, funded by the US Department of State, give secondary school students in many Arab and Islamic countries an opportunity to study at American high schools and live with American host families for one academic year.  Students will be enrolled in a full academic year, involving ten months of high school study in the US, attending classes, labs and extracurricular programs with their American classmates.  YES students will also participate in special enrichment activities, including community service, youth leadership training, a civics education program and other activities that will develop a well-rounded understanding of American culture through interaction with diverse groups of Americans. 

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, 2000 and August 1,  2003 (2018-2019 Program);
  • Meet a minimum English proficiency requirement, which will be measured by a test;
  • Have a cumulative grade of B (80%) in all academic subjects and a cumulative 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 resident of the West Bank, Gaza, or East Jerusalem

Students will be placed in carefully chosen American host families by experienced youth exchange organizations that will also monitor and advise the students throughout their stay in the US.  Major expenses such as airfare, room and board, pocket money and most other costs will be paid for by the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES).

How to apply:

Download applications from this page or obtain forms from AMIDEAST offices.  

Required Attachments:

  1. Official final transcripts for the past two years
  2. Copy of birth certificate


Completed applications must be delivered by hand at any AMIDEAST West Bank, Jerusalem, or Gaza office by November 5, 2017.


The program supports students with disabilities and encourages their participation.