Host Scholarship Students
YFU offers a number of unique hosting opportunities for families who wish to welcome an international student. Our inbound participants and their programs are as diverse as the countries they represent; traditional academic year and semester students, academic year and short-term scholarship winners, two week summer program participants and community college students are all excited to become part of your family’s traditions.
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
YFU welcomes Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) scholars from Germany to the US each year. CBYX is citizen diplomacy at work since 1983, created to strengthen ties between Germany and the US in recognition of the 300th anniversary of the first German immigration to the United States.
CBYX, funded jointly by the U.S. Congress and the German Bundestag, and sponsored by the US Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, offers a full scholarship to participants. It counts over 17,000 students as alumni, including U.S. CBYX students sent to live through YFU with German host families. Learn more about the CYBX scholarship program on our Study Abroad Scholarships page.
Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES)
The events of September 11th, 2001 inspired the launch of the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program to build bridges of understanding between the United States and countries with significant Muslim populations in Africa, Asia, the Middle East and Southeastern Europe. Students live in the US with host families, attend local high schools, engage in activities to learn about American society, values, and leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) funds this full scholarship opportunity for all participants.
Quick facts about the YES program
- 4% of the students who apply to the YES Program are accepted.
- 6,000+ students have participated since 2003
- 39+ Nations participate in the YES program.
School Administrators: The US Department of State describes the selection of YES scholars and the benefits to your school community in the School Administrator Handbook.
Learn more about YES and its impact:
- YFU Story: YFU YES Scholar Rabia's Dream Comes True
- YFU Story: Host Family hosts a YES student
- YES Website
- YES Programs TV on YouTube
- US Department of State Spotlight on the YES Experience
- YES Country Profiles: Bahrain, Bangladesh, Egypt, Gaza & Palestinian West Bank, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Israel (Arab Community), Jordan, Kenya, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Phillipines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, and Yemen.
Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX)
Established in 1992 as part of the Eurasian Secondary School Initiative under the FREEDOM Support Act, the goal of FLEX is to improve mutual understanding between the US and Eurasian countries by allowing youth from Eurasia to observe and experience the US way of life. Senator Bill Bradley, the Act’s sponsor, believed the best way to ensure lasting peace and understanding between the US and Eurasia was to allow youth to learn about the US and Americans firsthand. FLEX students live in the US with host families, attend local high schools, engage in activities to learn about American society, values, and leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) funds this full scholarship opportunity for all participants.
Quick facts about the FLEX program
- 3% of students who apply to the FLEX program are accepted.
- More than 22,000 students have participated in the program since its inception in 1992.
- Participants in the FLEX program come from: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, and Ukraine.
Learn more about FLEX and its impact:
Department of State FLEX webpage
Read about the experiences of FLEX students and their hosts
The Bradley Herald – FLEX Alumni Newsletter
FLEX Country Profiles: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Ukraine