The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program provides scholarships for high school students from Europe and Eurasia to spend an academic year in the United States, living with a family and attending an American high school.
The FLEX scholarship provides the following:
Round-trip domestic and international travel (from home to the United States and back)
Monthly allowance to help students participate in social activities and buy necessary personal supplies
Placement with a selected and screened U.S. host family for one year
Enrollment in a U.S. secondary school
Program orientation activities including pre-program preparation and re-entry preparation
Program activities arranged in local U.S. communities
Medical insurance, excluding pre-existing conditions and dental care.
The FLEX scholarship competition is merit-based and open, at no cost, to applicants who meet the following requirements. Students with disabilities are invited to participate in the competition. FLEX finalists include approximately 20 students with disabilities each year. Selected students with disabilities meet the same criteria as other participants in the program. Students may only apply once to the program during a given recruitment cycle.
Eligible applicants must:
Meet the grade/age requirements (information will be released once applications open)
Be enrolled in and attending a secondary school in the country in which they apply to the program, at the time of application
Have an academic standing of good or better
Have previously studied English and demonstrate English language ability at the time of registration
Meet U.S. visa eligibility requirements
Be a citizen of Armenia, Azerbaijan, Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine or Uzbekistan, and be able to receive an international passport in the country where they apply to the program.
Students compete in several rounds of online competition. At the semi-finalist stage, students and their parents are invited to attend an informational meeting to learn more about the program. Students then take part in an individual interview with American Councils staff, take a standardized test of English, write proctored essays, and receive the official program application, which is due to American Councils within two weeks. Selection will be based on merit and demonstrated preparedness for a year-long exchange experience as evidenced in students’ applications. English-language proficiency is important, but not the sole element in selection. Students also will be required to provide medical evaluations and be certified as medically fit to participate in the program. The selection process will be completed in spring, and all applicants will receive notification of their status by mid-May. Selected finalists will attend a pre-departure orientation in their home country in June-July and travel to the U.S. in July-August. Students return home the following May-June. FLEX students must return to their home country at the end of the program, on the date assigned by American Councils. The U.S. visa issued for program participants will not be amended or extended beyond the program end date for any reason.