There are multiple rounds to the YES application and selection process. All applicants are required to take an English proficiency exam, write a proctored essay, complete a YES program application, and participate in group and individual in-person interviews. All finalists are selected on the basis of merit.
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.
See below for country specific application and selection guidelines.
YES Competition and Application Process:
Round 1: English Language Test
Students meeting the age and grade criteria take a 15-20 minute multiple-choice English language-based test held in testing centers throughout each country. The results of Round one are announced on a posted list or by Internet the same or next day and selected students are invited to participate in Round two.
Round 2: Essay
Students selected to participate in Round 2 write three in-class essays (in English) in response to specific questions. Selected students will be invited to participate in Round three.
Round 3: English Language Test, Essay, Group Activity, Interview, and Application
Students selected to participate in Round three take a standardized multiple-choice English test, write two in-class essays (in English) in response to specific questions, participate in a group activity, and take part in a one-on-one interview. In addition, students must complete and submit to the American Councils office (within two weeks) an application form. The results of Round three are announced by telephone approximately six months later. All Round three participants will be notified of outcomes, whether they are positive or negative.