Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program
A FLAG Sponsored Program

Welcome to FLAG's Sponsored Programs

FLAG is proud to partner with recognized exchange organizations to implement two merit-based scholarship programs sponsored by the U.S. Department of State and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Exchange. Through these programs, FLAG has founded its Sponsored Program division. FLAG's Sponsored Program students represent over 51 nations and they have been selected to experience the American way of life at a U.S. school for their academic achievement, involvement in extracurricular/community activities, and for exhibiting the characteristics of an ideal exchange student.

Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program

The U.S. State Department has prioritized the need to enhance relations with the countries of the former Soviet Union. FLAG is pleased to announce that it has partnered with American Councils for International Education to administer the 2018-2019 Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program. Accordingly, FLAG places more than 40 FLEX scholars with outstanding American host families.

About FLEX

Started in 1993, the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program is a competitive, merit-based scholarship program funded by the U.S. Department of State. FLEX students who pass multiple rounds of testing earn a scholarship to spend an academic year in the United States living with a volunteer host family and attending a U.S. high school. FLEX students gain leadership skills, learn about American society and values, and teach Americans about FLEX countries and cultures. FLEX is a highly competitive program with over 24,000 alumni who have contributed over one million hours of community service in cities and towns across America. The students return home to active alumni networks that carry out inspiring activities.

The overall U.S. diplomacy goal of the FLEX Program is to strengthen the ties between the U.S. and former Soviet Bloc nations today and well into the future. FLAG invites you to seriously consider being a partner in this vital diplomatic initiative by hosting one of these outstanding students.

Eligibility & Application


To apply, you must be:

  • From one of the following countries: Armenia, Azerbaijan, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Mongolia, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, or Ukraine, and;
  • Between the ages of 15-17.

For more program information, including specific application and eligibility details, please visit the FLEX website.

An Inclusive FLEX Program

Since 1993, nearly 300 students with a disability have taken part in FLEX, and describe it as a powerful path to independence and increased self-confidence.
Students with disabilities are welcome and encouraged to participate in FLEX. There are over 300 FLEX alumni who are blind, deaf or have a physical disability (for example, cerebral palsy). Staff works to accommodate students with disabilities at testing and on the program. Special testing materials are available to accommodate the needs of students with disabilities. FLEX believes all eligible candidates should have the chance to apply to the program.

FLEX English Requirements

FLEX is not a language program. Finalists are selected because they have demonstrated an ability to adapt and thrive in a new environment, rather than for their language skills. Participants are tested in their knowledge of the English language because knowledge of spoken and written English will be necessary if students are to successfully participate in school and home life in the U.S. If an applicant has demonstrated characteristics that make him/her suitable to become a finalist, but that applicant’s level of English is not sufficient, they may be eligible to receive supplemental language instruction.
FLAG Sponsored Program
FLAG Sponsored Program
FLAG Sponsored Program
FLAG Sponsored Program