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Success in almost any career today depends on your ability to understand the world around you. You can prepare yourself for the 21st-century workforce – and learn to think globally – by studying abroad. You will experience new perspectives and learn how to navigate different cultures, work with a diverse team of peers, and communicate with speakers of other languages. Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur, innovator, artist, journalist, or diplomat, these are abilities that will prepare you for a successful career and empower you to contribute to solving global challenges.
The U.S. Department of State is committed to ensuring that our future leaders gain the critical skills they need to advance U.S. national security and economic prosperity. We provide scholarships for more than 1,000 U.S. students to go abroad each year through our high school exchange programs and strive to ensure that our participants represent the diversity of the American people.
The U.S. Department of State offers opportunities for U.S. high school students and recent graduates to study overseas and live with host families. Program lengths range from three weeks to an academic year. You can also host an exchange student and experience the world from your home. Learn more at hosting.state.gov.
National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
Future Leaders Exchange Abroad (FLEX Abroad)