Future Leaders Exchange FLEX Secondary Exchange Program

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The exchange program for high school students (FLEX) provides high-school students a chance of free training in the US for one year.

The FLEX program is sponsored by the State Department of the United States of America and accepts high school students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Estonia, Georgia, Greece,  Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan and Ukraine.  The program provides a scholarship based on personal merit, for a trip to the US, living with a host family and studying in an American school for one full academic year.

The FLEX program was founded in 1992 and is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the US Department of State. The program was created from the conviction of former Senator Bill Bradley that the best way to guarantee long-term peace and understanding between the United States and the countries of Eurasia is to create opportunities for young people to study the US and Americans first-hand, and to teach Americans about their countries.

The primary goal of the FLEX program is to improve mutual understanding, development and strengthening of long-term relations between citizens of the United States and other peoples and countries. The State Department supports the exchange of high school students from more than 50 countries through the FLEX program and other programs for one academic year. Since the creation of the program in 1993, more than 27,000 high school students have participated in the FLEX program.

In order to participate in the program you need:
• Meet the criteria for this year’s competition (Download brochure)

• Have the original documents (birth certificate, or identity card, or passport), “Consent to the processing of personal data”, 1 photo 3 × 4 and pen.

You need to print the document “Consent to the processing of personal data” sign it and bring it for testing

Students with disabilities (disability) should contact representatives of the FLEX program to find out more information about the selection criteria.

Information about the time and place of selection and testing is available during September 1 of each year. More information is available on DiscoverFLEX.org and on the FB page of the American Councils in Kazakhstan

How to apply:

Scholarship recipients are selected on an open competitive basis, based on high personal merit. The selection begins every fall. Any student who meets the selection criteria can take part in the competition.

The selection consists of three rounds:

Round 1– Short English Language Test

Round 2- Essay in English

Round 3– Standard test for English language skills, essays, application and interview

2019 FLEX Testing Schedule in Kazakhstan 

FOR ROUND 3 PARTICIPANTS ONLY: Download 2020-2021 Fillable Application


When the participants of the FLEX program return, the program is not over. On the contrary, their return marks the beginning of a new life full of opportunities and experience, because the participants of the program returned as members of the active association of alumni of the FLEX program!

FLEX Alumni have the opportunity to realize their skills and knowledge, which they have acquired in the United States and help their society. The coordinator of the FLEX alumni program supports them to find friends with similar interests and achieve their goals – personally and professionally. Graduates have the opportunity to participate in professional seminars and training sessions on development, volunteer activities, social events and festive celebrations.

Alumni of the program have the right to join the U.S. State Alumni website, which is intended for alumni of programs sponsored by the United States, including FLEX. Here they can learn more about the work and opportunities for obtaining grants, as well as communicate with other alumni. Among other things, the site has a calendar of upcoming events for alumni.

The FLEX Program Alumni Coordinator monitors contact information for graduates in order to keep them informed about development opportunities and volunteerism, and also distributes a quarterly newsletter for graduates called Bradley Herald Newsletter.

The upcoming events of the alumni are posted on the FLEX Alumni Kazakhstan communities on Facebook.

For alumni from the southern regions –https: //www.facebook.com/FLEXalumniofKazakhstan/
For alumni from the northern regions – https://www.facebook.com/flexalumninorthkz/
To find out more about upcoming events or join the FLEX alumni community, please contact the FLEX Alumni coordinators in Almaty or Astana.