High School Programs

U.S. Embassy Baku is pleased to announce the call for The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship. The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellowship is an intensive short-term exchange program, created to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build strong linkages and awareness of shared values.  The four week program will enable teenagers, ages 16-18, to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities such as youth engagement, support for democracy and civil society, and economic prosperity.  The program will consist of a series of lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, and a broad assortment of practical, faculty- and mentor-led workshops.  The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by community service activities, site visits, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families to deepen participants’ experience of U.S. society during their exchange.

During the academic residency, participants also will have the opportunity to discuss other topics such as democratic practices, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, youth leadership, team building, and the media.  The institute will explore how freedom of expression provides rights to and imposes responsibilities on citizens.  Upon their return home, participants will implement service projects in their communities and present an alumni project plan to a youth-serving or youth-centered organization in their home country.

Candidates should

be born between June 22, 2000, and June 22, 2003 (i.e., be 16, 17, or 18 years of age at the time of the program start);

be highly proficient in English, as demonstrated in a personal interview or the results of a standardized test;

be committed to enrolling in high school or university in their home countries in fall 2019, following completion of the institute;

demonstrate strong leadership potential and interest in transatlantic relations and diplomacy;

indicate a serious interest in learning about the United States;

demonstrate a high level of academic achievement, as indicated by academic grades, awards, and teacher recommendations;

demonstrate a commitment to community and extracurricular activities;

have had little or no prior U.S. study or travel experience in the United States;

be mature, responsible, independent, confident, open-minded, tolerant, thoughtful and inquisitive;

be willing and able to fully participate in an intensive summer program, with community service and educational travel;

be comfortable with campus life, shared living accommodations, travel and interaction with a multinational, co-ed group of participants from across Europe and the United States;

be comfortable engaging with the Americans they meet in the host communities; and

be able to adjust to cultural and social practices different from those of their home countries.

The FLEX Program provides scholarships for 11th grade students from Azerbaijan to spend an academic year in the United States, living with a host family, and attending an American high school. The FLEX Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Eligibility requirements for student applicants for the 2018-19 FLEX Program:

Must be born between February 15, 2000 – July 15, 2002,

Must be in 11th grade at the time of application, and must have graduated from secondary school before going on the FLEX program,

Students in the 11th grade who are required to complete military service are ineligible,

Must have an academic standing of “good” or better,

Must have previously studied English and demonstrate a high level of English-language ability at the time of application,

Must be a citizen of Azerbaijan and able to receive an international passport,

Must meet U.S. visa eligibility requirements, and

May NOT have spent more than three (3) months in the U.S. in the last five (5) years.

We also welcome all students with disabilities to apply for the program. Please contact us for additional information if you know students with disabilities who would like to participate in the program.

For registration these documents should be delivered:

Birth Certificate or Identification card

One 3×4 sm size photo (the recent)

Pen (black)

For more information you may email us at flex@americancouncils.az or call us directly at   050 225 81 78 or 12 436 75 30.

Dear high school students,

If you are 15-17 years old, and want to experience real U.S. college life experience, this opportunity is for you!

EducationUSA Academy is a pre-college academic enrichment program for international high school students. It offers specialized college preparatory content, college-level writing workshops, campus visits, and cultural activities. Students gain an insider’s perspective on higher education in the United States while getting the chance to experience and enjoy campus life.

The list of our 2020 host U.S. Institutions:

Boston University

Diablo Valley College

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University

Northwestern University

Cloud State University

John’s University

Syracuse University

Temple University

University of Colorado Boulder

University of Tennessee-Knoxville

University of Wisconsin-Madison

Eligibility Requirements:

To be eligible to participate in EducationUSA Academy you should:

Be a current high school student between the ages of 15-17

Reside outside the United States and be a citizen of a country other than the U.S.

Be a non-native English speaker with at least intermediate-level English

EducationUSA Academy host institutions may have additional requirements. Please, refer to host institution websites for details.

For detailed information, please visit https://www.edusaacademy.org/

The U.S. Embassy in Azerbaijan is pleased to announce the call for applications for International Writing Program. BTL: Peace and the Writing Experience will bring together 40 international and 10 U.S.-based students, ages 15-18, for two weeks of intensive BTL summer programming hosted online by the International Writing Program (IWP) and the University of Iowa (UI). All programming is conducted in English and includes creative writing workshops, world literature seminars, literary readings and Q&As with visiting authors, youth and mentor conversation sessions, social opportunities for cultural exchange, as well as group and individual writing assignments outside of class. The virtual program is free of cost for all selected participants.

Before applying

Please carefully read Answers to Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) that can be found here, selecting the “International (Non-U.S.) Students” tab at the top.


To apply, students must send their completed BTL application package in one email to BakuCulture@state.gov  with “Full Name + Between The Lines” title in the subject line of their emails, no later than March 14, 2021. The list of all required documents for the application is provided in the second page of the International Student Nomination Form. All applicants will be notified of their status by April 10, 2021.


The following formatting standards are required for all submitted documents. If not followed, applications will not be considered.

Format:         Typed (Microsoft Word document preferred but not required)

Font type:     Times New Roman

Font size:      12 point

Spacing:        Double

Margins:        1 inch on all sides

Header:         Include your name, name of piece (Nomination form, creative work, Prompt #1, Prompt #2, Statement of Purpose)

Footer:           Include page numbers

Citations:      If using other people’s words/content, always give them credit