The Kennedy Lugar YES Program 20-21 for Egypt in USA is now open for applications. The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program was established in October 2002. The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State, along with the U.S. exchange community, recognized the importance of youth exchange as a key component to building bridges between citizens of the United States and countries around the world, particularly those with significant Muslim populations. 


The program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs (ECA) to provide scholarships for high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to study for one academic year in the United States. YES students serve as “youth ambassadors” of their home country, promoting mutual understanding by forming lasting relationships with their host families and communities. Participants live with a host family, attend an American high school, acquire leadership skills, and engage in activities to learn about U.S. society and values; they also help educate Americans about their home country and culture.

The YES program is administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of non-profit organizations led by American Councils for International Education. In Egypt, AFS Egypt manages the YES program in partnership with the local U.S. Embassy, Public Affairs Office.


The program officially launched in Egypt in 2003 in hopes to expand communication between the people of the United States and Egypt in order to promote mutual understanding and respect. Since then, over 645 Egyptian students have completed the YES program and now participate as alumni.


Kennedy Lugar YES Program Details: 

Host Country:

  • United States of America

Sponsored by: 

  • U.S. Department of State

Scholarship Value:

YES Program is a fully-funded US Exchange Program for High School Students. The US Scholarship covers:

  • Program fee
  • Pocket money
  • Staying with the host family
  • Attending school
  • Medical insurance

Eligibility Criteria:

  •  A high school student, good basic of English, date of birth between 1st of January 2003 and 1st of August 2005

How to Apply for Youth Exchange Program, USA?

Click on the Apply Now button below to proceed to Kennedy Lugar YES 20-21 Online Application. Fill all the required fields carefully. 

Application Deadline:

  • The last date to apply for the Kennedy-Lugar YES Program is 31st August 2019.


Deadline is August 31, 2019