The United States Mission to South Africa, in partnership with AFS, is currently recruiting for the Kennedy Lugar YES scholarship.

AFS Interculture South Africa offers the unique chance to spend ten months on the best cultural experience of your life! You will be living with a carefully selected host family and going to a local high school. Our host families live in all corners of America, mostly in small towns or villages and they look forward to opening their hearts and homes to welcome you.

Apply now and be one of the exchange students!

Programme : Year Programme to the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
Duration : 10 Months
Date : August 2023 – June 2024
Cost : Full Scholarship Sponsored by the Kennedy Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Programme and the Department of State.


You are eligible if:

  • You are a South African citizen or permanent resident.
  • You were born between 15/01/2006 and 15/08/2008.
  • You are enrolled in a secondary school at time of application.
  • Have the equivalent of a B average (70%) or better for the past three years, with no subject mark below 50% for 2020, 2021, and 2022.
  • You must have lived more than 50% (2.5yrs) of the last 5 years in South Africa & and be able to provide citizenship documents.
  • You are able to produce the final school reports for 2020, 2021, and 2022.
  • Have not yet completed more than 11 years of primary education nor received a high school matric certificate.
  • You must be able to speak and understand English.
  • You are able to complete the preliminary application and send it to AFS Interculture SA at the email below.
  • You have a valid passport and unabridged birth certificate, or are able to apply for one.
  • You must be open-minded, flexible and independent.
  • You must be able to attend a selection day at your own expense, and if short listed, again for a language test and further selection procedures (At venues to be confirmed.)
  • Shortlisted students will need to produce their vaccination card and pay for further immunisations as required.


You can download a Pre-Application Form here KL YES Pre Application 2023-2024

There is a letter describing the programme (for teachers and school Principals) here School letter YES Programme Awareness 2023-2024 and the School Recommendation Form 2023-2024 here.

For more information please contact Boitumelo Mpungose from the AFS National Office at 072 059 7772 or [email protected]

For information about the exchange experience, please take a look at some of the Student Stories here.

For information on the  AFS Approach to the Covid-19 pandemic, please refer to this document.

If you would like to share information about this fantastic opportunity, there are two downloadable documents that you can print and share with your friends!


KL YES Pre Application 2023-2024