Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX)

Fact Sheet: Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX)

Now in its twenty-seven year, Future Leaders Exchange Program (FLEX) provides an opportunity for Georgian secondary school students in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades to study at an American high school and to live with an American host family. The FLEX program is fully funded by the U.S. Department of State program and is administered by American Councils for International Education in Georgia.

The program will offer approximately 80 scholarships to secondary school students from Georgia for the 2020-2021 academic years. Scholarship recipients will be provided with a round trip ticket from their home to the United States and back as well as a monthly allowance for living expenses.  While in the U.S., Georgian students will have the opportunity to share Georgian culture.  They will learn about the United States firsthand by participating in family life, school study, and extracurricular activities.

Recipients of FLEX scholarships are selected by an independent panel of experienced educators in the United States on the basis of merit demonstrated in the application materials.  Merit is determined by evaluating the written application, recommendations, English language proficiency, and an applicant’s demonstrated preparedness for a yearlong exchange experience.

We invite all students to participate in the competition who: (1) Are presently studying in the 9th, 10th, and 11th grades and have good academic standing; (2) Were born between January 1, 2003, and July 15, 2005; (3) Are eligible to receive a U.S. visa; (4) Have not lived in the United States for more than three months in the last five years; (5) Are citizens of Georgia; (6) Have previously studied English or demonstrate English language abilities.

The FLEX program is open to all high school students who meet requirements of the program including students with disabilities.  Over 270 disabled students have already studied in the U.S. on this program. The age/grade requirements for disabled students differ from the requirements for other applicants. Disabled candidates must be born between February 15, 2002, and July 15, 2005, and must be studying in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, and 12th grades.

City Date Time Testing Center Testing Center Address
Ninotsminda 16 September 2019 10:00 #1 Public School Terian Str. #14, Ninotsminda
Gori 21 September 2019 10:00 #3 Public School Amilakhvari str. #26, Gori
Telavi 28 September 2019 10:00 #7 Public School Alazani str. #22, Telavi
Kutaisi 28 September 2019 10:00 #3 Public School Ts. Nino Str. #2, Kutaisi
Rustavi 3 October 2019 10:00 #22 Public School Kutaisi str. #6, Rustavi
Zugdidi 3 October 2019 10:00 #4 Public School Tsotne Dadiani str. #8, Zugdidi
Batumi 5 October 2019 10:00 #10 Public School Javakhishvili str.  #66, Batumi
Marneuli 11 October 2019 10:00 #3 Public School Rustaveli Str. #52, Marneuli
Tbilisi 12 October 2019 10:00 #55 Public School Chavchavadze Ave. #38, Tbilisi

30 October 2019

(Only for students with disabilities)

10:00 American Councils Office Chavchavadze Ave. #35ა, Tbilisi
Akhaltsikhe 21 October 2019 10:00 #5 Public School Pharnavaz Mepe str. #6, Akhaltsikhe
Borjomi 23 October 2019 10:00 #3 Public School Rustaveli str. #97, Borjomi


All eligible students are invited to take part in the first three rounds. They must bring proof of eligibility (their original birth certificate) and one recent photograph (3×4 cm).  Students who pass Round One (a short English test) will be invited to Round Two (an in-class written essay).  Semi-finalists from Round Two will be invited to compete in Round Three, consisting of an interview, an in-class written essay, a complex English test, and an application process. The final results of Round Three will be known in May 2020. The finalists of the program will leave for the United States in August 2020 and will return home in June 2021.