The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program for Malians 2018

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

Brief Description

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, is offering American high school students and recent graduates full scholarships to study for one academic year in countries with significant Muslim populations.The first group of Americans participated in YES Abroad in the 2009-2010 academic year, living and studying in ten select YES countries. The program now offers 65 full scholarships to American students nationwide.The program officially launched in Mali in 2007 in hopes to expand communication between the people of the United States and Mali in order to promote mutual understanding and respect. Since then, over 80 Malian students have completed the YES program and now participate as alumni.

What the scholarship covers?

The YES Abroad scholarship covers costs related to: round-trip airfare, room and board for the Pre-Departure Orientation; round-trip airfare between the participant’s home region and community abroad; in-country support; cultural activities; school tuition (where applicable); room and board with a host family; secondary medical benefits; visa fees; and a modest stipend.


Applicants must

  • Be a Lebanese citizen or a long-term Palestinian resident in Lebanon;
  • Be currently enrolled in the Brevet or 1st secondary class of the Lebanese baccalaureate program or in the 9th or 10th grade of the high school program;
  • Have a birth date between August 1, 2001 and August 1, 2003;
  • Demonstrate maturity, good character, scholastic aptitude, flexibility and adaptability;
  • Have a minimum of “B” average or 12/20 for the past three years without failing grades;
  • Have strong English language ability: minimum “B” average or 12/20 in English for the past three years;
  • Agree to attend classes in the U.S. as full-time students and maintain at least a “C” average or 10/20 in a U.S. high school;
  • Demonstrate willingness to participate in American host family daily life;
  • Have not previously attended school for a semester or academic year in the United States;
  • Not be a U.S. citizen or legal permanent resident (green card holder).
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Students with Disabilities

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 America. Students with disabilities must also meet the above eligibility requirements.



  • Fill out the Kennedy-Lugar YES application completely. Incomplete applications will not be considered
  • Provide official school grades for the last three years (preferably in English)
  • Provide a current passport-sized photo
  • Provide a copy of Ikhraj Kaid or residency ID
  • Applicants can submit the application online to [email protected]g, deliver it in person to AMIDEAST, send it through the school, or mail the application to the following address:

Kennedy-Lugar YES Program
PO BOX 11-2190
Beirut 1107 2100

Deadline: November 28, 2017

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