Make a Difference, Host a YES Exchange Student


The Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program is a public diplomacy effort that provides scholarships to high school students from countries with significant Muslim populations to live and study in the United States. Students stay with host families, attend local high schools, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures. 

Open your heart and home this year to a young person from another country. You will introduce your family to new and interesting cultures and get the chance to share your corner of America with a student who is excited to become a part of your family.

Watch videos to meet some of our exceptional YES students and the families that host them!

The YES Program welcomes students from  

Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Bahrain, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gaza, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Israel (Arab Communities), Jordan, Kenya, Kosovo, Kuwait, Lebanon, Liberia, 
Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Mozambique, Nigeria, Oman, Pakistan, Philippines, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Suriname, Syria, Tanzania, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, West Bank, Yemen


Host an Ayusa YES Exchange Student

In Partnership with the U.S. Government

The Youth Exchange and Study (YES) program was established after the events of September 11, 2001 to build bridges of understanding between the United States and the Muslim world. The YES program is a bipartisan initiative sponsored by the U.S. Department of State that has enabled over 4000 students to come to the U.S. Ayusa is an international exchange organization administering the YES Program.


"The things I learned have helped me to reorient my studies and to become the person I am today. My family and friends say that I have grown a great deal, and they applaud me for putting such conviction and passion into my ideals."

-Souhair Ghozayel (Lebanon)

"My experience changed my life. My host family helped me have a great experience and they really opened my mind to everything. My host mom, she has a big deep heart, I learned from her that nothing is impossible in this life, and the important part is to make sure that you always give your best for everything."

- Maad Sharaf (Yemen)