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About the FLEX Program

The FLEX Program (Future Leaders Exchange) is funded by Congress and administered by the Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. The program’s goal is to provide an opportunity for high school students from Europe and Eurasia to experience life in the United States to promote mutual understanding.

FLEX students live with host families, attend school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. The program places special emphasis on leadership skills and seeks ways for participants to develop these skills during the school year. Upon their return home, students will apply their leadership skills at home and become involved in a well-established FLEX alumni network. Find out more about the FLEX alumni network and program at:

Learn more about by contacting us at (800) 322-4678 or by email at

Note: Due to program guidelines, FLEX students can only be placed in certain geographic areas. Please contact Academic Year in America to find out more.


Help students become part of your family and a new culture
to encourage international understanding.

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This is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. Government administered by Academic Year in America.

  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study
  • Future Leaders Exchange
  • Alliance for International Education and Cultural Exchange
  • CSIET - Council for Standards on International Educational Travel