USA Kennedy - Lugar Youth Exchange Program and 633 Study Scholar

Fully Funded Opportunities for Matric and O-Level Students in Pakistan to Lugar Youth Exchange Program and Study in American High Schools and Live with American Host Families for One Year.

Overview of the YES Program:

The YES program, funded by the US government, is open to secondary school students in 39 countries. It provides fully funded scholarships for Pakistani students to experience American high school education and culture.

High School Experience in the USA:

Participating high school students will spend a full academic year in American schools and have the chance to engage in various co-curricular and extra-curricular activities, facilitating a deeper understanding of American culture through interactions with local students. Since 2003, the YES program has granted scholarships to 1,274 high school students from across Pakistan.

Scholarship Details:

The YES USA Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program cover essential expenses, including:

– Airfare

– US Visa Fees

– Boarding and Lodging in the U.S.A. (Residence and Meals)

– School Tuition

– A monthly stipend of $125

Eligibility Criteria:

To be eligible for the YES program in the USA, applicants must:

  • Be Pakistani citizens residing in Pakistan
  • Be enrolled in 9th or 10th grade or ‘O’ Levels (Note: 11th graders in O’ Levels are not eligible)
  • Fall within the age range of 15 to 17 by the program’s start date (August 15, 2024)
  • Have a minimum of 60% marks in all major/core subjects (English, Mathematics, Sciences) in their last examination, with an overall average of 60% marks for the past three years (Applicants with gap years or repeated years are not eligible)
  • Demonstrate proficiency in English, with a minimum of 60% marks in English exams over the past three years (2020-21, 2021-22, and 2022-23)
  • Not have traveled to the United States previously

Additional Selection Criteria:

Applicants who meet the above criteria and the following are more likely to be shortlisted for the final selection:

  • Pass the Entry Test
  • Possess knowledge of Pakistani culture and values, with the ability to represent them in U.S. schools and communities
  • Demonstrate maturity, flexibility, adaptability, good character, and scholastic aptitude
  • Show willingness to actively participate in the host family’s daily life
  • Have records of all necessary immunizations as outlined in the Final Student Application, completed before arriving in the U.S.A.
  • Exhibit flexibility and a commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding
  • Agree to attend classes as full-time students and maintain at least a ‘B’ grade average in American high school
  • Commit to abiding by the ‘YES Student Rules’ as outlined in the YES Final Application and all other program rules and policies
  • Meet U.S. J-1 visa eligibility requirements

Application Process:

Step 1: Preliminary Application

Students who meet the Selection Criteria and agree to the Parent Student Agreement and General Program Rules can apply for the scholarship. They can download the Preliminary Applications from and send the documents to the SIE office via courier. Female students, students with physical disabilities, and students from non-elite and government schools who meet the criteria are strongly encouraged to apply. Eligible students whose schools do not support forwarding the YES Preliminary Applications can independently courier their applications.

Step 2: Entry Test

After the initial Preliminary Application screening, short-listed applicants will receive notifications about the YES Orientation and Entry Test through letters and/or emails sent to the addresses mentioned in the Preliminary Applications. (SIE is not responsible for wrong/incomplete or address changes.)

Step 3: Interview and Group Activity

Students who pass the Entry Test will be informed via letters to appear for interviews and group activities. They will be required to complete the YES Final Application (attached with the letter) and participate in interviews.

Step 4: Standardized English Language Test for International Students

Short-listed students after the interviews will be required to take a standardized English language test for international students.

Step 5: Final Evaluation

The final selection of students will be based on the Entry Test results, interviews, and neatly filled-out YES Final Application forms with all the required documents. The finalists will receive notifications through letters and Scholarship Acceptance forms from the YES program office.

Keep monitoring the announcement section of the YES website or Facebook page for updates and information.

Important Note:

Providing any false or forged documents or information or any discrepancies found at any stage of the selection process will result in the disqualification of the applicant.

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