The US Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) provides more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships for US high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries.
The application periods will open in late summer/early fall for the following programs:
- Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
- National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
- Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)
- Youth Ambassadors
These scholarship programs cover international airfare, tuition, program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, except select Youth Ambassadors programs, and applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 when the program starts.