What is YES Program?

  • 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 officially launched in EGYPT in 2002 with the hope to expand communication between the people of the United States and EGYPT in order to promote mutual understanding and respect.
  • The YES program is administered in partnership with the U.S. Department of State by a consortium of non-profit organizations including AFS, 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.


Applications for the YES 2021-22 program is closed.

The website will be updated when details for the next program cycle is confirmed.

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Studying abroad in high school is an exciting journey for both you and your child. We have compiled the information below to help answer some of the questions you may have about the YES program experience. For further information, please e-mail the YES office in your country.

YES participants are placed in volunteer host family homes and into host schools in the United States by established and reputable placement organizations that have competitively been awarded grants by the U.S. Department of State to implement the placement portion of the YES program. While on the program, your child will have regular contact with a trained coordinator in his or her community who will provide support, assistance, and guidance, and who will be in regular contact with the placement organization’s national headquarters.