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Concurrent Session #93 (Tuesday, July 22, 2014)

Did you know the U.S. Department of State provides full scholarships to American high school students to study abroad? Each year, the State Department awards competitive, merit-based scholarships to approximately 1,000 American high school-age students to participate in short and long-term study abroad programs overseas. In addition, the State Department awards competitive, merit-based scholarships to approximately 2,000 of the most promising international students from over 50 countries study in U.S. high schools, live with volunteer host families, and engage in extracurricular, leadership and community service activities. Discover how your school can support U.S. public diplomacy efforts and foreign policy goals by educating your students about study abroad scholarship opportunities. Also learn about how hosting international students can internationalize your classrooms, bring current events to life, and create future leaders with global competencies who will foster mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries to promote friendly, and peaceful relations. This session will primarily focus on study abroad opportunities for U.S. high school students.

Michele Peters, Youth Programs Branch Chief, US Dept of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Washington, DC