Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program 2022-2023 is now open for applications!

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, 2001 to bring together young people from countries with significant Muslim populations, including Indonesia, to the United States and to fund U.S. high school students on exchanges living and studying in Muslim-majority countries as well. More than 1,000 young Indonesians have participated in the program. Yayasan Bina Antar Budaya together with the US Embassy in Jakarta are managing the program in Indonesia

The Youth Exchange Program (YES), the one-year exchange Program for high school students in Indonesia, is open for recruitment from August 20 to September 11, 2021.

 Basic requirements

  1. High School student in Indonesia, 10th-11th grade (SMA/ SMK/ MA/ equally)
  2. Age:  15 – 16 years old (born between 01 January 2005 – 01 August 2006)
  3. Indonesian Citizens (not a US passport holder, was not born in the US, one parent is not American citizen)

 Deadline: September 11, 2021

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

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
Website: AFS Indonesia

Instagram: @binaantarbudaya