Frequently Asked Questions

What must I bring to testing?

Bring proof of eligibility (original birth certificate or passport – no copies), one recent 3×4 cm photo, and a pen.

What does the scholarship provide?

  • Round-trip domestic and international travel (from home to the United States and back)
  • Monthly allowance to help students participate in social activities and buy necessary personal supplies
  • Placement with a selected U.S. host family for one year
  • Enrollment in a U.S. secondary school
  • Program orientation activities including pre-program preparation and re-entry preparation
  • Program activities arranged in local U.S. communities
  • Medical insurance, excluding pre-existing conditions and dental care.

What does the scholarship not provide?

  • Costs of acquisition of an international passport
  • Personal expenses not covered by the monthly stipend
  • Excess baggage costs
  • Telephone calls made from the U.S. to home or an e-mail account.

I am disabled. Can I participate in this program?

Yes! Students with physical disabilities are encouraged to apply to the FLEX Program. Please contact the FLEX Program to learn more about special eligibility criteria for students with physical disabilities.

When will FLEX testing take place in my region?

Round 1 of FLEX testing takes place in fall. Check the FLEX website or our Facebook page frequently starting in late August, to see when Round 1 will come to your region.

When are the results of each round announced?

Round 1 results are generally, but not always, available the same day or the evening of the Round 1 test. Your American Councils representative will inform you when and where the results will be posted. The results of Round 2 are generally announced about three to six weeks after Round 2 testing. Students who pass Round 2 will be notified by phone that they are invited to Round 3. The results of Round 3 are generally announced in the spring. All FLEX finalists and alternate candidates will be notified by phone by an American Councils representative.

Is there a way to prepare for FLEX testing? Are there courses to prepare for the testing?

Successful FLEX candidates demonstrate the ability to adapt and thrive in a new environment. A candidate may prepare for Round 1 by improving their English skills.

How well must I know English to participate in the program?

FLEX is not a language program. Finalists are selected based on a demonstrated 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 the student has demonstrated characteristics that make him/her suitable to become a finalist, but that student’s level of English is not sufficient, that student may be eligible to receive supplemental language instruction.

If I took part in FLEX testing but did not pass a round, may I see my results to check my mistakes?

All FLEX testing material is confidential and will not be shared.

If I do not pass testing in one city, can I try again in another testing center?

No. Each child may only participate in FLEX testing one time per year.

Is there a FLEX program that I can pay to participate in?

No. FLEX is a scholarship exchange opportunity funded by the U.S. Department of State. There is no fee component with FLEX. Other organizations offer study abroad opportunities for a fee.