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Brief About Program

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program offers high school students (15-17 years) an opportunity to learn about the people and culture of the United States through international exchange, while attending a U.S. high school and living with a U.S. host family.

The FLEX program is funded by the United States Government and aims to promote respect for cultural diversity, provide opportunities for personal development and engage in community service, as well as improve mutual understanding between our countries by allowing young citizens of Eurasia to have the opportunity to observe and experience the U.S. way of life for an academic year, as well as help teach Americans about their own countries and cultures.

The FLEX program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  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.

Now in its twenty-first year, the FLEX academic year program has provided scholarships to over 23,000 secondary school students. In 2013-14, 800 students are studying in the U.S. on the FLEX program (plus/or country-specific number).

Secondary school students with disabilities are invited to participate in the competition. Approximately 10-15 students with disabilities are invited to the U.S. under this program each year.