This scholarship program is fully funded by the United States government and administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) of the U.S. Department of State. ECA fosters understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries around the world. ECA programs include educational and training programs that promote personal, professional, and institutional ties between private citizens and organizations in the United States and abroad. The FLEX program is supported at the local level by U.S. citizens and local secondary schools that voluntarily host, educate, and support students with no financial compensation.
The FLEX program is supported at the local level by U.S. citizens and local secondary schools that voluntarily host, educate, and support students with no financial compensation.
The recruitment, selection, orientation, and travel arrangements for the program are organized by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ACCELS. American Councils for International Education ACTR/ACCELS is an international non-profit organization working to advance education, research, and mutual understanding across the United States and the nations of Southerneastern Europe, Eurasia and South Asia. American Councils designs, implements and supports innovative programs in education, professional development, and scholarly research.
Over the past 30 years, American Councils has developed into one of the premier education and training organizations working in this region. It administers more than 30 exchange and training programs for secondary school, students, university students and graduate students, teachers, and professors.
Many other private, non-profit organizations in the United States also support FLEX program. The U.S. government has asked these organizations to match FLEX participants with U.S. host families and to organize local activities during the year-long program.