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U.S. Department of State

U.S. Department of State

  • Government Partner

US Department of State Study AbroadUS Dept of State NSHSS Partner


Why Should I Study Abroad?

Your ability to succeed 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.

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How Can I Study Abroad?

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. The State Department provides scholarships for more than 1,000 U.S. students to go abroad each year through high school exchange programs and strive to ensure that participants represent the diversity of the American people.


Study Abroad Opportunities for US High School Students


For U.S. High School Students

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

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

  • Immerse yourself in Arabic, Indonesian, Mandarin, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, or TurkishLanguage Learning Study Abroad Youth Study Abroad Scholarships
  • Application Deadline: Typically late fall
  • Length: Six weeks in the summer or full academic year
  • Scholarship: Fully-funded


Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)

  • Explore German culture and language
  • Application Deadline: December 1
  • Length: Academic year
  • Scholarship: Covers most costs; additional need-based funds available


Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)

Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)

  • Study in the Middle East, Africa, Asia, or Europe
  • Application Deadline: December 8
  • Length: Academic year
  • Scholarship: Fully-funded


Youth Ambassadors  

  • Learn about civic education and develop leadership skills in the Caribbean and South AmericaCaribbean and South America Study Abroad
  • Application Deadline: December 22, 2020
  • Length: Three weeks in the summer
  • Scholarship: Fully-funded