The Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the United States Department of State strives to ensure that its efforts reflect the diversity of U.S. society and societies abroad. The Bureau seeks and encourages the involvement of people from traditionally underrepresented audiences in all its grants, programs and other activities and in its workforce and workplace. Opportunities are open to people regardless of their race, color, national origin, sex, age, religion, geographic location, socioeconomic status, disability, sexual orientation or gender identity. The Bureau is committed to fairness, equity and inclusion.
2022-2023 U.S. Department of State Eligibility Policy for U.S. Youth Programs Applicants
Eligibility: The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) offers many opportunities for American youth to participate in international exchanges. ECA seeks to represent the diversity of America in these youth exchange programs and to make sure the selection process is fair and transparent.
Strong selection preference is given to those who have not previously participated in one of the exchange programs listed below or lived abroad for six months or more during the past five years.
This eligibility policy applies to the following programs, which take place outside the United States:
To be eligible, an individual must:
1) Current or previous participant in ECA exchanges
U.S. citizens who are current or past participants in any of the above mentioned programs are not eligible to participate if:
Current or past participants in a short-duration program of eight (8) weeks or less are not eligible for another short-duration program but are eligible for an academic year program.
The restrictions above apply only to in-person programs taking place outside the United States. Participation in a virtual program does not make the applicant ineligible for programs of any length.
An individual may not participate in more than two of the above-listed programs, unless one of the programs was completely virtual.
2) Family member employment
For a period ending one year following the termination of such employment, association, or service:
The CBYX high school program is implemented regionally by four organizations across the U.S.
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