Think of YES Abroad as your secret weapon against not being filthy rich. If you can afford spending $30,000 on a year in some other country, go for it. If not, consider applying for a full scholarship from the US Department of State to spend about ten months in one of twelve countries in Europe, Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. Applications will probably be out soonish (as in, I have no idea when), so please consider giving it a shot. The basic requirements are…you must be a US citizen, no older than 18 (I’m not sure about the precise age cutoff, see the website for more details), and you cannot be an alum of any year long Department of State program. I’m not going to bore you here with loads of details about YES history and what not, but feel free to check out the website for more information.
The current YES countries are:
- Bosnia and Herzegovina
Turkey was a YES country in the past but was canceled this year due to political instability. The country list is always subject to change regardless, because YES likes to change things up. Below is the link to the YES Abroad website, where you can access the application when it comes out, and get more specific information about the scholarship.
Keep in mind that there are several other full scholarships offered by the State Department, notably NSLI-Y and CBYX. The short version is that YES is about culture, NSLI-Y is about language, and CBYX is about all things German.
Potential applicants should check out their respective scholarship on Facebook as well to get in touch with alumni and stay up to date on what’s going on in the awesome study abroad world.