Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program

Kennedy-Lugar YES Program in Bahrain

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established in October 2002 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to provide scholarships for high school students (15-17 years old) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. The program is vital to expanding communication between the people of the United States and the partner countries in the interest of promoting mutual understanding and respect. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.

YES Scholars will have the opportunity to:

  • Live with an American family
  • Study at a U.S. high school
  • Participate in a youth leadership training program
  • Experience U.S. culture and society firsthand
  • Improve their English
  • Make new friends
  • Represent as Bahrain cultural ambassadors to the USA

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Birthdate must be between January 1, 2003 and August 1, 2006
  • Private secondary school students in their home country who are currently enrolled in 9th or 10th Grade.
  • Public secondary school students in their home country who are currently enrolled in 10th Grade.
  • Applicant should demonstrate a high level of academic achievement – Minimum grade of “B” in all subjects for the past year; overall “B” average for the past three years
  • Applicant should be a Bahraini citizen
  • Is not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident, and was not born in the United States
  • Demonstrate flexibility and commitment to promoting cross cultural understanding

YES Scholarships cover all major expenses, including:

  • Airfare
  • Room and board
  • Health insurance
  • Pocket money – stipend of $125 USD per month
  • Educational supplies

 Note: To apply for this year’s K-L YES Program, please complete the application form.


The deadline for submitting the application form:

Date: November 9, 2020

For any questions, please contact the AMIDEAST office at:

Telephone: +973 3561-3315 [Bahrain] – only for WhatsApp