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Flex Program 2011/2012

Dear teachers!

Congratulations on the New Academic Year!  Let it be full of inventions and discoveries, learning and studying, achievements and success.

As always in early September, the Academic Exchanges Office of the U.S. Embassy in Moscow is happy to share with you information about recruitment for the USG-funded Future Leaders High School Exchange (FLEX) program, that celebrates its 20th anniversary this year. Recruiters from American Councils for International Education, that administer the program, will travel to many cities in Russia in September-November to conduct three rounds of testing for the program.
The earliest testing will take place during the coming weekend, September 8-9 in Tambov, Penza, Velikiy Novgorod, Syktyvkar and then Kirov. More information about the testing schedule in Russia is available on the FLEX program website - http://flex.americancouncils.org.

Attached to this message you will find FLEX program flyers in Russian and English.  We hope that this information will be interesting and useful for you, your students and colleagues.

FLEX: The Future Leaders Exchange Program -
2012 Recruitment Announcement

FLEX is an exchange program for secondary school students. Participants spend an academic year in the United States, studying at a public high school and living with an American host family.  They learn about the United States firsthand by taking part in school study, family life, and extracurricular activities in their local communities.  They also share their own culture with their families, schools, and communities.

FLEX was created by the U.S. Congress in order to extend a hand of friendship from the people of the U.S. to the people of the countries of the former Soviet Union.  Now in its twentieth year, the program has provided scholarships to more than 23,000 secondary school students in Eurasia.  The program is fully funded by the U.S. government and is administered by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.

FLEX is open to all Russian secondary school students who:
 are presently studying in the 8th, 9th and 10th grades
 were born in the period between January 1, 1996 to July 15, 1998
 speak English well (determined by an English proficiency test)
 possess personal skills, qualities, attitude and motivation that enable them to succeed as exchange students
 meet U.S. visa eligibility requirements.

FLEX is administered by American Councils for International Education: ACTR/ ACCELS.  Representatives of ACTR/ACCELS will visit many regional (oblast) centers to conduct testing in the fall of 2012.  All eligible students are invited to take part in the first of three rounds. Students who pass Round One (a short test of English) will be invited to Round Two, which consists of a comprehensive test in English and written essay.  Applicants who pass Round Two will receive application materials and will be invited to an interview.

For more information and to view the testing schedule please go to

Applicants can contact American Councils for International Education:
Central Russia - tel: (495) 638-45-58,
e-mail: moscowflex@americancouncils.ru
Siberia and Urals region – tel: (495) 956-78-15
St. Petersburg and Northern Russia - tel: (812) 320-79-81, e-mail: flexspb@americancouncils.ru
Vladivostok and the Far East - tel: (423) 240-82-13

Change of Moscow Testing Site

There is a last-minute change of the FLEX testing site in Moscow on November 13.  The new site address will be posted on http://flex.americancouncils.org as soon as it is available.

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