Student Opportunities

Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs Exchange Programs- High School Study Abroad

Expand your horizons – study abroad!

The U.S. Department of State offers merit-based scholarships for American high school students to study abroad from three weeks to an academic year. Students live with host families, engage with local schools, and gain skills to be competitive in the global workforce. 
Previous language study is not required for most programs.

2020 Qatar Essay/Video Contest

Submissions Due by Friday, February 21

Open to college and university undergraduate students across the country, the challenge is to submit an 800-word Memorandum OR a 5-minute Video to “Advise the Secretary of State: Measures to Strengthen the U.S.-Qatar Strategic Partnership.” A panel of educators and experts in student exchange programs will judge the entries. The top 10 contestants will win an all-expenses-paid Doha Study Tour this March 13-20! Contest winners will also be eligible for scholarships to attend the WACA 2020 National Conference in Washington, DC on November 18-20, 2020.


For Essays: Include your name at the top right of your essay and email it in PDF form. Name the document: “Your Last Name Essay.”


For Videos: Paste a YouTube link into a document, include your name in the top right, and email it in PDF form. Name the document: “Your Last Name Video.”


Submit this Application Form and name the document “Your Last Name Application Form.”


Please submit your Application Form and original essays/videos to WACA Communications and Marketing Associate Rachel Pastor at


The deadline for submissions is Friday, February 21. 

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World Affairs Council of America