Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program is celebrating its 15th anniversary in Indonesia!

YES is a merit-based scholarship for high school students aged 15-17 to spend one academic year in the United States living with an American host family, attending high school, acquiring leadership skills, and helping educate Americans about their home country and culture.

The YES scholarship was created by United States Senators Kennedy and Lugar in the months following September 11, 2011 to bring together young people from countries with significant Muslim populations, including Indonesia, to the United States. At the same time, the YES Abroad program was created to give high school students from the United States the opportunity to live and study in Muslim-majority countries as well. Each year, American high school students come to Indonesia to spend a year living with a host family and attending Sekolah Menengah Atas.

YES 2019-2020 application requirements:

  1. High School student in Indonesia, 10th grade (SMA/SMK/MA/sederajat)
  2. Age: 15 – 16 years old (born between 01 January 2002 – 01 August 2003)
  3. Indonesian Citizen (not a US passport holder, was not born in the US, one parent is not American citizen)

Registration for YES 2019-2020 is closed. Please keep updated for YES 2020-2021 selection next Spring 2019. Find out more information on

To apply for the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, please click here.

Should you have any further inquiries, please contact:

Bina Antarbudaya
The Indonesian Foundation for Intercultural Learning
Jl. Limau No. 22, Kebayoran Baru, Jakarta 12130
Phone: +6221 7222291, +6221 7235832, Fax: +6221 7267118