How to Apply for FLEX

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2017 (program year 2018-2019) testing dates. Unlimited number of students can participate in the testings. 

FLEX Testing Schedule 2017
City Testing Open For: Date  Time Testing Center Testing Center Address
Gavar Gegharkunik Region 13 September, Wednesday 11:00 Gavar High School Tumanyan 11
Hrazdan Kotayk Region 14 September, Thursday 11:00 Hrazdan High School #13 Center
Gyumri Shirak Region 16 September, Saturday 11:00 Gyumri High School #26 Tigran Metsi 27
Vanadzor Lori Region, Vanadzor and surrounding towns/villages 17 September, Sunday 11:00 Vanadzor Pedagogical University Tigran Metsi 36
Stepanavan Lori Region, Stepanavan and surrounding towns/villages 18 September, Monday 11:00 Stepanavan High School Meghraparti 15a
Ijevan Tavush Region 19 September, Tuesday 11:00 Ijevan Galik College (Krtaran) in school #4 Nalbandyan str 1
Meghri Meghi and surrounding towns/villages 22 September, Friday 11:00 Meghri School #2 Zoravar Andraniki 10
Kapan Kapan and surrounding towns/villages 23 September, Saturday 11:00 Kapan School #1 Lernagortsneri str 16
Goris Goris and surrounding towns/villages 24 September, Sunday 10:00 Goris Branch of Nat Inst of Education Gusan Ashoti str 32
Sisian Sisian and surrounding towns/villages 24 September, Sunday 15:00 Sisian High School Myasnikyan str 8
Yeghegnadzor Vayots dzor Region 25 September, Monday 11:00 Yeghegnadzor “Gitelik” University Momik str 5
Armavir Armavir Region 26 September, Tuesday 11:00 Armavir High School #1 Hunan Avetisyan 4
Artashat Ararat Region 27 September, Wednesday 11:00 Artashat High School Teryan 1
Yerevan Yerevan and Aragatsotn region, also Ararat, Kotayk and Armavir students who did not take part in their regions can also participate in the Yerevan testing 1 October, Sunday 10:00 Yerevan State Pedagogical University  Alek Manukyan 13

There will also be a separate testing for students with disabilities. The testing will be held on:
September 25, at 11:00, at American Councils Armenia, Amiryan 4/7, Imperium Plaza business center, 5th floor. 

All citizens of RA can apply for the FLEX Program in 2017, for the study year 2018-2019 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 2017
  • Students with disabiltiies must study in the 8-12 grades
  • Were born in February 15, 2000-July 15, 2003
  • 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 2017. 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 2018, and all applicants will receive notification of their status by mid-May 2018. 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 an international 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 2018, 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 2018. 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.