2014-2015 FLEX recruitment has started

4.09.2013 12:25

What is the FLEX program?

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program offers high school students (15-17 years) an opportunity to learn about the people and culture of the United States through international exchange, while attending a U.S. high school and living with a U.S. host family.

The FLEX program is funded by the United States Government and aims to promote respect for cultural diversity, provide opportunities for personal development and engage in community service, as well as improve mutual understanding between our countries by allowing young citizens of Eurasia to have the opportunity to observe and experience the U.S. way of life for an academic year, as well as help teach Americans about their own countries and cultures.

The FLEX program is administered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA).  The FLEX program is supported at the local level by U.S. citizens and local secondary schools that voluntarily host, educate, and support students with no financial compensation.

Now in its twenty-first year, the FLEX academic year program has provided scholarships to over 23,000 secondary school students. In 2013-2014, 800 students are studying in U.S. on the FLEX program. From Azerbaijan 32 students finalists got a chance to study in U.S. in 2013-2014 exchange year.

Secondary school students with disabilities are invited to participate in the competition. Approximately 10-15 students with disabilities are invited to the U.S. under this program each year.

 

Who is eligible to apply to the program?

Selection of students, who will study in USA, is held on the basis of open competition in the frame of FLEX program, as well as all new initiatives directed to democratic reforms in new independent states supported by USA government in the sphere of exchange and it is absolutely free for participants.

 

Every Azerbaijanian student must oblige by the following:

 

  • Students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades, born after 1 January 1997 and before 15 July 1999
  • Be currently enrolled in a secondary school
  • Have an academic standing of “good” or better
  • Have previously studied English and demonstrate English language ability at the time of registration
  • Meet U.S. visa eligibility requirements
  • Be a citizen of Azerbaijan and able to receive an international (zagran) passport

 

Every Azerbaijani disable student must oblige by the following

  • Students in the 8th9th, 10th, and 11th grades, born after 1 March 1996 and before 15 July 1999
  • Be currently enrolled in a secondary school
  • Have an academic standing of “good” or better
  • Have previously studied English and demonstrate English language ability at the time of registration
  • Meet U.S. visa eligibility requirements
  • Be a citizen of Azerbaijan and able to receive an international (zagran) passport

 

* Students who change their grade level to an ineligible grade before their departure to the United States will be disqualified.

 

FLEX Program testing dates 2013 Fall

Date Time Day of the Week Place
17/09/2013 09:00 Tuesday Lankaran – School # 4
23/09/2013 09:00 Monday Shaki – School # 20
26/09/2013 09:00 Thursday Mingachevir – School # 10
29/09/2013 09:00 Sunday Ganja – Textile 3rd floor
03/10/2013 09:00 Thursday Nakhchivan – School # 7
12-13/10/2013 09:00 Saturday/Sunday Baku – School #8

 

Applicants should come to the designated testing center at the time of initial registration and bring proof of eligibility (birth certificate), one recent 3×4 cm photo, and a pen.

 

This scholarship program is fully funded by the United States government and supported by Ministry of Education of Azerbaijan Republic.

For more information, please contact the FLEX Program Coordinator, Tamella Hajiyeva at American Councils, or by email at flex@americancouncils.az or visit web pages http://apps.americancouncils.org/FLEXhttp://www.americancouncils.az/flex-alumni/ or the exchange program site at the Department of State http://exchanges.state.gov/youth/programs/flex.html

Additional related links:

FLEX website (RUS) http://flex.americancouncils.org/

American Councils for International Education (US) https://www.americancouncils.org

US Department of State FLEX page (ENG) http://exchanges.state.gov/non-us/program/future-leaders-exchange

US Department of State J-1 Visa (ENG) http://j1visa.state.gov/

US Embassy information on J-1 visa (RUS) http://www.ustraveldocs.com/ru_ru/ru-niv-visatypeinfo.asp#exchange_visitor

FLEX Alumni page http://www.flexalumni.net/