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YES Southeast Europe 2019 Testing Information (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Kosovo, North Macedonia)

August 31, 2019
APPLY NOW! The YES high school exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is now accepting applications ONLINE from students in Bulgaria, North Macedonia and Kosovo. The deadline is October 31, 2019. In Albania and Bosnia and Herzegovina, YES program testing is offered in-person only in Tirana and Fier (Albania), and Sarajevo, Mostar, ...

FLEX Southeast Europe 2019 Testing Information (Greece, Montenegro, Serbia)

August 27, 2019
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APPLY NOW! The FLEX high school exchange program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is now accepting applications ONLINE from students in Greece. The deadline is October 17, 2019. In Montenegro and Serbia FLEX testing is offered in-person only. In these two countries testing will take place throughout September 2019 in Novi Pazar, Užice, Zaječar, Vranje, Kragujevac, Niš, Novi Sad, Belgrade, Berane ...

YES Student Honored as Homecoming King

August 26, 2019    klyes, macedonia, YES
Homecoming King Igor and his Queen
By Igor Stojkov '20, currently on program in U.S.   Hello everyone, my name is Igor Stojkov and I come from North Macedonia. I have just started my exchange year, but however, I experienced a thousands of different things and feelings. I was really nervous and excited about coming to ...

Why I Applied for the YES Program

August 25, 2019
By Zhuliyan Zhelyazkov, YES Bulgaria '19 It was October, 2018 when I first learned something about the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Program. I saw an online invitation to apply for this exchange program which said something like “If you are in 9th or 10th grade apply for YES Scholarship ...

American Councils Names Dr. David Patton as its Next President and CEO

August 16, 2019
AUGUST 15, 2019 WASHINGTON — American Councils for International Education and its Board of Trustees are pleased to announce the appointment of David Patton, PhD, as the third president and CEO to lead the 45-year-old nonprofit. Dr. Patton’s tenure as president began on August 1, 2019. For the past five months, Dr. Patton has served ...

Why Everyone Should Apply for the YES Competition

August 15, 2019
By Zhenya Marcheva, YES Bulgaria '19 The biggest advantage of the YES program is that it enables you to use YOUR best tools in cooperating with other people. You don't have to speak perfect English or be athletic. The traits you need to have for the program are ones every ...

BLI alumna reunites with host family

July 16, 2019
It's nice to hear when our program alumni stay in touch with their host families and when they reunite. Alexandra Karppi, Balkan Language Initiative alumna, while spending part of her academic year in Budapest, Hungary, decided to visit her host family in Belgrade this spring. Alexandra Karppi met with her ...

Grace with us

May 31, 2019
By Julia Georgieva, Host mother YES abroad program Sofia, Bulgaria I met Grace for the first time at Sofia airport. Before that moment we haven’t had any kind of communication. I was very worried, probably she felt the same. I did not know what to expect. I applied for YES ...


May 27, 2019
By Behar Bunjaku, YES 2017-2018, Kosovo, hosted by CIEE in Palestine, TX On March 27, 2019, YES alumni from Kosova organized the fourth edition of Kosovo Slam Poetry at the Institute of History in Prishtina, Kosovo. Nine young poets performed their spoken poetry in front of a live audience of ...


May 21, 2019
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By Joey Johnson YES abroad Bulgaria '18 Today I passed by Roman ruins on my way into the metro. Nine months ago I would never have been able to walk past them without pausing. Anyone who knows me can tell you history is a passion of mine, and it’s one ...