FLEX testings for 2018-2019 are over. For the study year 2019-2020, the testing dates will be announced in August 2018.
All citizens of RA can apply for the FLEX Program in 2018, for the study year 2019-2020 if they
- Are enrolled in the 9-12 grades at school, or 1-3 years at college (corresponding to the 10-12 grades at school), as of September 2018
- Students with disabilities must study in the 8-12 grades
- Were born in February 15, 2001-July 15, 2004
- have previously studied English and demonstrate English Language ability
- Have not been in the U.S. for more than 3 months during last 5 years
- Are eligible to receive a U.S. entry visa
**Students in 12th grade or 3rd year in college who are required to complete military service are ineligible.
Any student who meets the eligibility criteria can take part in the FLEX exams. Unlimited number of students can apply for the Program. There is no need to register in advance to participate in the testing. Students must come to the testing of their region on previously announced day.
Representatives of American Councils will visit Armenia regions to conduct testing during Fall 2018. Applicants should come to the designated testing center at the time previously announced and bring with them
- Birth certificate or passport (only original)
- one recent 3×4 cm photo
- a pen.
How are students selected?
Independent panels of American professionals in education and international relations in the United States will select program finalists and alternates. Selection will be based on merit as evidenced in a comprehensive application, teacher reference, and demonstrated preparedness for a year-long exchange experience. Students also will be required to provide medical evaluations and be certified as medically fit to participate in the program. The selection process will be completed in spring 2019, and all applicants will receive notification of their status by mid-May 2019. English-language proficiency is important but it is not the sole element in selection.
What happens after notification?
Upon notification, finalists, alternates and their parents will receive information to prepare them for departure.
They must officially notify their FLEX representative in writing that they accept the scholarship and must provide any additional documentation requested as well. Students must begin the process of applying for a passport and U.S. visa immediately upon acceptance to the program. The FLEX program will instruct participants on the process of applying for a U.S. visa. From May through August 2019, selected U.S. exchange organizations will match finalists with qualified U.S. host families and arrange for enrollment in local secondary schools. In June and July 2018, scholarship recipients will participate in a pre-program orientation in their home country. Students will then travel to their U.S. host families and communities to begin the exchange experience in August 2019. Please note: Students participating in the FLEX program must return to their home country at the end of the program on the date assigned by American Councils. The U.S. visa issued for program participants will not be amended or extended beyond the program end date for any reason.
How will I benefit from the exchange experience?
The FLEX program offers students an opportunity to learn about the people and culture of the United States. FLEX participants are also young ambassadors who teach Americans about the people and culture of their countries. Students gain an appreciation for and develop sensitivity to other cultures, experience personal growth and independence, and become better prepared for an increasingly interdependent world. Students form strong ties with their American host families and U.S. communities, building relationships that often last a lifetime. Many alumni attend prestigious universities upon their return home, and later find exciting jobs that use skills learned during their stay in the United States.
What should you consider before applying to FLEX?
Students who are interested in this program should consider the possible negative effects of this program:
• Will I have to repeat a year of school after returning home?
• Will I be home too late in 2019 to take final school examinations/university/institute entrance examinations? FLEX students return to their communities in late May and June.
• Will my university or institute defer my admission if I have already been accepted?
• Will I be required to serve in the military upon return?
• Will I be eligible to graduate with honors/receive a gold medal at my home school?
Finally, although students attend a U.S. high school, the curriculum is substantially different from that in other countries, and likely you will not learn the same subject material.
Who organizes the program?
American Councils for International Education organizes recruitment, selection, orientation, and travel arrangements for the FLEX program. Founded in 1974, American Councils is an international non-profit organization working to improve mutual understanding between countries, exchange ideas among individuals, and enhance collaboration through education. It designs, implements, and supports innovative programs in the United States, Europe, Eurasia, the Middle East, Asia, and Africa. Over the past 40 years, American Councils has become one of the premier U.S. international education and training organizations. It administers more than 30 exchange and training programs, including several U.S. government programs for secondary school students, university and graduate students, teachers, and professors. American Councils has professionally administered academic, professional and cultural programs for tens of thousands of participants from Afghanistan, Africa, Eurasia, the Middle East, Southeast Asia, and Southeast Europe. Many other private, non-profit organizations in the United States also support the FLEX program. The U.S. government has asked these organizations to place FLEX participants in supportive U.S. host families and to organize local activities during the year-long program.