Scholarship Programs

As experts in cultural exchange, over the past 30 years Ayusa has been recipient to over  50 prestigious grants sponsored by the U.S. Department of State totaling over $50,000,000. We offer exchange opportunities to students from around the world with the aim of empowering, inspiring and preparing them to work toward understanding and respecting global cultures. Ayusa aims to create a peaceful international community, starting with the world’s most promising youth.

Today, Ayusa administers two grant programs funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State and one privately funded grant program.

Current Programs

The Youth Exchange and Study Program (YES) is a Department of State funded grant that allows qualified high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend one academic year in the United States.

Historical Programs

TOMODACHI Summer SoftBank Leadership Program is a public-private partnership led by the U.S.-Japan Council that brings high school students from the earthquake-affected Tohoku region of Japan to the U.S. during the summer for a three-week global leadership and community service program at UC Berkeley. Ayusa was a partner with TOMODACHI from 2012 to 2014.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) is a direct exchange program between American and German high school students. Developed by the German Congress in conjunction with the U.S. Department of State, CBYX provided full scholarship exchange programs for over 1900 high school students between Germany and the U.S.from 1993 to 2012.

Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) enabled over 1200 high school students from the newly independent states of the former Soviet Union to live with families and attend school in the United States each year.

Mexico Youth Leadership Program (Jóvenes en Acción) was a pilot summer program that welcomed 50 high school students from Mexico, many from areas impacted by drugs and violence, to the U.S. on a five-week youth leadership program.

The Emerging Youth Leaders Program (EYL) provided a 7-week direct exchange experience for American and Senegalese urban and minority youth with a focus on Democracy and Governance in Civil Society.