Take Action Tuesday: Study Abroad with the State Department!

If you’re interested in Girl Up, chances are you probably care about international issues, right? We thought so!

This week, we have an awesome opportunity for students who are U.S. citizens. The U.S. Department of State has announced a few scholarship programs to study abroad! The scholarships range from high-school to undergraduate programs and touch different international issues:

  • The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend the 2013-14 academic year in countries such as Egypt, Ghana, India, Malaysia, Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Turkey, and more. This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations. The application deadline is January 10, 2013. Click here for more information.
  • The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) for high school and undergraduate students celebrates German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students will have opportunities to live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. Scholarships are now available for academic year 2013-14; application deadlines vary by U.S. region and range from September 2012 to January 2013. Click here for more information.
  • The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.   A variety of organizations run this program, and each focuses on issues such as dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary. Click here for more information.

Studying abroad is a great opportunity to meet new people, see new places, and learn about a new culture. These kinds of programs help strengthen our ties to people around the world and are sure to be life-changing experiences.

Good luck!!


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