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A Year in America for High School Students!

American Councils for International Education announces the 2019 testing schedule for the U.S. Government-funded FLEX Exchange Program for High School Students.  Finalists in the competition will have the opportunity to live with an American family and study in an American high school during the 2020-2021 school year.  The FLEX program pays for all travel, housing and living expenses for program participants with all funding generously provided by the Government of the United States of America.  Students with disabilities are also encouraged to participate in the competition.  More than 300 disabled students have participated in FLEX over the program’s history, including 6 from Turkmenistan.

FLEX testing is open to all high school students who meet the following requirements:

  • Born between March 15, 2002 and May 31, 2004; students in the 11th grade who are required to complete military service are ineligible;
  • Have not lived in the United States for more than three months in the last five years;
  • Speak English well;
  • Are currently enrolled in a secondary school, having an academic standing of good or better;
  • Are eligible to receive a U.S. visa;
  • Are citizens of Turkmenistan.

In order to participate in the competition please bring a proof of eligibility (original birth certificate or passport), one recent photograph (3×4 cm), a pen, and you must wear your school uniform.

All students at the testing center must demonstrate respectful and appropriate behavior at all times or risk disqualification from the FLEX competition.
No cellular phones or other electronic equipment (computers, iPads, iPods, e-readers, cameras, etc.) will be allowed in the testing center.  Students bringing these items to the testing center risk disqualification from the FLEX competition. 

Testing Schedule

Testing Center Date Time School
Turkmenbashy, Balkan Region October 13 9:00 School 10, Turkmenbashy
Balkanabat, Balkan Region October 20 9:00 School 3, Balkanabat
Dashoguz, Dashoguz Region October 27 9:00 School 2, Dashoguz
Turkmenabat, Lebap Region November 3 9:00 School 2, Turkmenabat
Mary, Mary Region November 10 9:00 School 19, Mary
Tejen, Ahal Region November 17 9:00 School 3, Tejen
Аshgabat November 24 9:00 School 20, Ashgabat

 * Students who study at schools in the Ahal Region can take the FLEX Round 1 Test in Tejen or Ashgabat based on whichever location is more convenient for them.

 ** Students who study at schools in any region can take the FLEX Round 1 Test in Ashgabat if they miss the testing in their home region.  Students can only participate in one Round 1 Test per year.

 Please contact American Councils for further information: tel. (+99312) 36-90-16; (+99363) 50-20-36  http://americancouncilstm.org/flex/

FLEX 2018-19 Testing Open!

American Councils is proud to announce that the FLEX 2018-19 testing cycle for FLEX is open!  We would like to thank the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Turkmenistan for their support of the program. American Councils would also like to thank the United States government for providing full financing of the FLEX program. We wish good luck to everyone who applies!

FLEX Program Testing Schedule 2018/19 Academic Year

 Testing Center  Date  Time  School
Dashoguz, Dashoguz Region December 2 9:00 School 2, Dashoguz
Мary, Mary Region December 9 9:00 School 19, Mary
Turkmenabat, Lebap Region December 16 9:00 School 2, Turkmenabat
Turkmenbashy, Balkan Region January 6 9:00 School 10, Turkmenbashy
Balkanabat, Balkan Region January 13 9:00 School 3, Balkanabat
Tejen, Ahal Region* January 20 9:00 School 3, Tejen
Аshgabat** January 27 9:00 School 20, Ashgabat

 * Students who study at schools in the Ahal Region can take the FLEX Round 1 Test in Tejen or Ashgabat based on whichever location is more convenient for them.

 ** Students who study at schools in any region can take the FLEX Round 1 Test in Ashgabat if they miss the testing in their home region.  Students can only participate in one Round 1 Test per year.

We invite all students to participate in the competition who:

  • were born between March 15, 2001 and May 31, 2003; students in the 11th grade who are required to complete military service are ineligible;
  • have not lived in the United States for more than three months in the last five years;
  • speak English well;
  • are currently enrolled in a secondary school, having an academic standing of good or better;
  • are eligible to receive a U.S. visa;
  • are citizens of Turkmenistan.

All eligible students are invited to take part in the first round of testing. They must

  • bring proof of eligibility (their passport or original birth certificate),
  • one recent photograph (3×4 cm);
  • a pen;
  • and be wearing their school uniform.

The competition consists of a 15-minute test on basic knowledge of English (Round One), essays in English (Round Two), and an English test, essay and interview (Round Three).

FLEX will offer scholarships to secondary school students from Turkmenistan for the 2019-2020 academic years.  Scholarship recipients will be provided with round-trip travel from their home to the United States and back, as well as an allowance for living expenses.

Scholarship recipients will learn about the United States firsthand by participating in family life, school study and extracurricular activities.  Program participants will also participate in activities in their local communities or areas, and will also have the opportunity to share their own culture with others.

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

This program is open to all high school students who meet requirements of the program including students with disabilities.  More than 300 disabled students have already studied in the U.S. on this program.

For more information about the program or testing in your area, please contact:
American Councils for International Education
Gorogly Street 48a
Telephone/Fax: +99312  36-90-16/21; +99363 50-20-36

Email: flex@americancouncilstm.org
http://americancouncilstm.org