K-L YES Exchange Highlights

Playing with pets

Ready to fly

Celebrating Independence Day at school
Making Presentations at school
Cooking food for dinner
A Pakistani Student with her Host Sisters
Bilal Zubair with Senator Lugar

Putting Henna at teacher's palm on Eid day

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program


K-L 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 Educational and 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 Councils.

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 develop 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 800 Pakistani high school students.

Last date for submission of Preliminary Application is

10 September, 2014.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) for K-L YES Program




  • 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 YES program video

K-L YES 2015-16

YES Updates

The application and selection process of 2015-2016 has been completed.
Keep checking this page for the 2016-2017 applications



The “English Language Test for International Students (ELTiS)” for Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study program 2015-16 has been announced. The students who have been shortlisted to appear in tests, have been sent letters via courier service.


Note: Only the finally selected applicants will get the letter and phone calls.


Preliminary Application


Last date for submission of Preliminary Application is 10th September 2014.

Thank you for submitting the Preliminary Applications for the YES program. No application will be accepted after 10th September 2014. The application processing will be completed by mid November, only short listed applicants will be informed via letter for the next steps.










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