Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program

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K-L Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program


The Kennedy-Lugar  Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program provides scholarships to  Pakistani high school students for one academic session in United States. YES program scholarships, funded by the The US Department of State-Bureau of Cultural Affairs , give secondary school students in many countries a new opportunity to study at American high schools and live with American host families for one academic year.  The  YES scholarship program is implemented by a consortium of organizations lead by American Council.

Students are enrolled in a full academic year of high school study in the US, attending classes, labs and extracurricular programs with their American classmates.  YES students also participate in special enrichment activities, including community service, youth leadership training, a civics education program and other activities that  develops a well-rounded understanding of American culture through interaction with diverse groups of Americans.  Likewise, participating students  act as cultural ambassadors to their American host communities, becoming invaluable resources for Americans, whose contact with YES students provides them with an opportunity to learn about the rich and vibrant cultures of students home countries. 

Since 2003, the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program has provided scholarships to more than 700 Pakistani high school students.


K-L YES 2014-15 Preliminary Applications available


The pre selection for the K-L YES 2014-2015 has started. Preliminary Application for Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program 2014-15 is on the website now. Interested students who meet the criteria can download the Preliminary Application using the following link and send it to iEARN Centre, Karachi along with the required documents by September 10. K-L YES is a one academic year live and study in the USA program, funded by Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, US Department of States in 40 countries around the world. 

K-L YES 2014-15 Preliminary Applications available at


Time Line for K-L YES 2014 2015


Click here for FAQ's K-L YES 2014-15

  • Opportunity for students with disabilities for participation in YES program - Click here

  • Click here to download YES Brochure.

  • Click here to download YES Poster.

YES 2010-2011 arrival at Washington DC

Click here to watch exciting highlights of Sultan Mehmood's YES year (2006-07)

Click here to see latest YES program video

YES Activities

Bilal Zubair with Senator Lugar

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A Pakistani Student with her Host Sisters

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