Youth Exchange and Study (YES)

Applications for the  2016-2017 Youth Exchange and Study program are now Open!

The US Embassy in Tel Aviv is pleased to announce the opening of applications for the 12th Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, seeking 20 secondary school students from the Arab community in Israel, to participate in a Study-in-the-USA initiative for high school students during the 2016-2017 school year (August 2016 – June 2017)

YES Program scholarships, funded by the US Department of State and Bureau of Cultural Affairs give secondary school students in many countries with significant Muslim population an opportunity to study at American high schools and live with American host families for one academic year. The 20 students of the eleventh batch are successfully engaged in academic activities in various States of USA. We are now looking forward for a similar talented group of youth for the 2016-2017 of the YES exchange program.

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.

Students will be selected on the basis of applications, scores in the ELTIS test and interviews. 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. All expenses in connection with the study tour including airfare, room and board, pocket money and most other costs will be paid for by the YES Scholarship. It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the ‘Youth Exchange and Study’ Program (YES).

The following are basic requirements for eligible applicants:


– Must be 15 years old, and must not be older than 17.6 years, by August 1,2016.

– Must have an Israeli passport.

– Must NOT have an American passport.

– 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 3 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. 

Application and Selection Process for 2016-2017

Students who fulfill the selection criteria can apply for the scholarship by submitting the primarily 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. The ELTIS test measures nonnative speakers’ listening and reading comprehension abilities. 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.

If you are interested in participating in the YES program please fill out the pre-application form (PDF 292 KB) by 05 November 2015 and send it to the given e-mail address as it appears on the form. For further information, please contact the YES program staff: 

 Mobile Phone: 052-3590932  (Monday-Friday 9:00 -17:00) 


We look forward to your participation in the Youth Exchange and Study Program.