Kennedy-Lugar YES Program in Kuwait

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program was established in October, 2002 and sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to provide scholarships for high school students (15-17 years) from countries with significant Muslim populations to spend up to one academic year in the U.S. The program is vital to expanding communication between the people of the United States and the partner countries in the interest of promoting mutual understanding and respect. Students live with host families, attend high school, engage in activities to learn about American society and values, acquire leadership skills, and help educate Americans about their countries and cultures.


  • Live with an American family
  • Study at a U.S. high school
  • Participate in a youth leadership training program
  • Experience U.S.

Contact Us

Country Director: 
Samar Khleif
Mailing Address: 

PO Box 44818, Hawalli, 32063, Kuwait

Street Address: 

Ahmed Al-Jaber Street
Opposite Al-Awadhi Mosque
Commercial Bank Building, 2nd Floor
Sharq, Kuwait


Tel:  965-2247-0091
Fax: 965-2247-0092




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Meet Our Staff

Staff Member          Title/Position Email Address Extension
Samar Khleif          Country Director 6826
Janice Quinn          Director of Training
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Latest News


AMIDEAST is pleased to announce the release of the English Access Microscholarship Program and the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program.  To apply or to inquire about these programs, please click on the links below.

1.  English Access Microscholarship Program

2.  Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program  

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AMIDEAST made its entry into Kuwait in 1992. During this time of need, AMIDEAST was able to quickly begin providing much-needed educational services to the country’s students and professionals. We have provided advise on various U.S. educational opportunities to over 50,000 students since our inception.

Our AMIDEAST office is equipped with computers which individuals may use to research various educational and training programs in the United States. AMIDEAST Kuwait administers most of the major exams required for study in the U.S., including the TOEFL®, GRE® and SAT®.

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For over 50 years,we have helped Middle East students and professionals benefit from many scholarship opportunities and exchange programs between the US and Middle East.

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