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Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES)

2024-25 Application

This website will connect you to the online application for the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange & Study (YES) Program for high school students from Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo and North Macedonia.

About YES

The Youth Exchange & Study (YES) program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program funded by the U.S. Department of State. The YES Program provides scholarships for high school students to spend an academic year in the United States, living with a host family, and attending an American high school. Students from the following countries may apply using this online application:

  • Albania
  • Bosnia and Herzegovina
  • Bulgaria
  • Kosovo
  • North Macedonia

The YES Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

For information about the YES program, please visit:

Program Calendar

The online Round 1 application is now open. The deadline will be October 24, 2023. More information about all three (3) rounds of testing and the anticipated timeline will be available in August. Finalists will travel to the United States in August 2024.


Questions about the program and application process should be emailed in English or the primary language of your country to:

Country Email Address
Bosnia and Herzegovina
North Macedonia

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