Youth Exchange and Study (YES)

Scholarships to Israel-Arab High School Students for
the Opportunity to Study in the USA for an Academic Year

GrantWatch ID#: 169623
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US Embassy in Israel


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Scholarships to Israel-Arab high school students for an opportunity to study in the USA for a full school year. Applicants must be Israeli citizens and be 15 years old. Funding will be provided for all travel costs, spending money, room and board, and any other expense that will be relevant for the year. Students will be selected on the basis of applications, scores in the ELTIS test, and interviews.

In addition to the costs covered by the scholarship, the students will be placed in carefully chosen American host families by experienced youth exchange organizations, which will also monitor and advise the students throughout their stay in the United States.

Students will be enrolled in a full academic year of high school study in the United States, attending classes, labs and extra curricular programs with their American classmates. YES students will also participate in special enrichment activities, including community service, youth leadership training, a Civics education program and other activities that will develop a well-rounded understanding of American culture through interaction with diverse groups of Americans.

Likewise, participating students will act as cultural ambassadors to their American host communities, becoming invaluable resources for Americans, whose contact with YES students will provide them with an opportunity to learn about the Arab culture. Through these substantive, personal encounters, YES students will be able to both teach and learn, while strengthening their English communication skills.


Program will take place during the 2017 - 2018 academic year.


– Must be 15 years old, and must not be older than 17.6 years, by August 1, 2017.

– Must have an Israeli citizenship

– Must NOT have an American citizenship.

– Should demonstrate flexibility and a commitment to promoting cross-cultural understanding.

– Should have a minimum grade of 80 in all subjects for the past year; overall 80 average for the past three years.

– Excellent English language ability; fluent in oral English proficiency.

– Agreement to attend classes as a full-time student and maintain at least a “B” (80) average in an American high school.

– Willingness to experiment and develop a taste for American style and to participate in their host family daily life.

– Willingness to do their own work like making their own beds, clean their own room, laundry, and iron their own clothes and give a hand to other household chores.

Students who fulfill the selection criteria can apply for the scholarship by submitting the primary application form to iEARN office.

After the initial application evaluation, the short listed candidates will be invited to take up the ELTIS English proficiency test and writing an essay task.

Students who pass the test and whose essays meet the level of English language requirements will be invited for an individual and a group interview, then a limited number of selected students will be asked to complete and submit the full 24 page YES application.

After submitting the full YES application, applications are reviewed and evaluated. After a final review and evaluation of the applications and applicants, the students selected as YES finalist will be notified by the YES Program coordinator.

The students selected will be enrolled in a compulsory ‘Pre-Departure Orientation’ program during summer vacations prior to traveling to USA.

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

Email applications to:

Phone: 052-359-0932

U.S. Embassy Israel
71 HaYarkon Street
Tel Aviv 6343229, Israel

Phone: 03-519-7575

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