State Dept offers study abroad opportunities for high school students

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FORT GEORGE G. MEADE, Md. — The State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs offers study abroad scholarships for high school students.

Students aged 15 to 18 are invited to apply to study abroad for one academic year, through any of three programs.

The Congress Bundestag Youth Exchange Program is an opportunity for students to live with a host family in Germany, attending a local high school and learning the German language and culture. The application period is open from Sept. 5 to Dec. 11, 2017, and 250 scholarships are available. For more information, please visit http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad offers merit-based scholarships for students to study in one of 13 countries in the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the Balkans. The application period is open from Sept. 5 to Dec. 5, 2017, and 65 scholarships are available. For more information please visit http://www.yes-abroad.org/.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth offers a language immersion program for students to learn Arabic, Mandarin, Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish. No previous language experience is necessary. Programs may take place in: China, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, South Korea, Latvia, Moldova, Morocco, Russia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey and other locations around the world. The application period is open from Aug. 25 to Nov. 2, 2017 and approximately 670 scholarships are available. For more information please visit http://www.nsliforyouth.org/.

Study abroad opportunities offer a chance to create friendships around the globe, develop leadership and language skills and promote mutual understanding.