Ambassador Rosenblum Welcomes First Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Students

Ambassador Rosenblum Welcomes First Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Students for 2021-2022 Academic Year

Tashkent, Uzbekistan, August 4, 2021 – United States Ambassador to Uzbekistan Daniel Rosenblum saw off the first Uzbekistan student exchange cohort of the Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) Program since 2006. These students will study at an American high school and live with an American host family for the 2021-2022 academic year.

The Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX) program was created and launched in 1993-1994 by former Senator Bill Bradley in the hope of ensuring long-lasting peace and mutual understanding between the U.S. and the countries of Eurasia. The program enables young people to learn about the U.S. and Americans firsthand, while teaching Americans about the culture and countries of Eurasia. To date more than 29,000 students from 22 countries proudly call themselves FLEX alumni.

Since 1993, American Councils for International Education has sent 947 participants from Uzbekistan on the FLEX program. While in the United States, FLEX students gain leadership skills, learn about American society and values, and teach Americans about their home countries and cultures. FLEX students perform community service in their U.S. communities and act as ambassadors of their home countries. Many are inspired by this spirit of volunteerism to develop and implement innovative projects in their home countries, using the skills and ideas they gained while on program. FLEX students are naturally curious and enthusiastic citizens of the world.

FLEX is a highly competitive, merit-based scholarship program funded by the U.S. Department of State that operates in Armenia, Azerbaijan, the Czech Republic, Estonia, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Moldova, Mongolia, Montenegro, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine, and Uzbekistan. Over 35,000 students compete annually in multiple rounds of testing to earn a FLEX scholarship, which provides them the opportunity to spend an academic year in the United States living with a volunteer host family and attending a U.S. high school. For more information about FLEX please visit:

The next FLEX program application for 2022-2023 academic year will start on September 1, 2021. For inquiries, please email or follow the program announcements via Telegram at @ACCELS

AMERICAN COUNCILS FOR INTERNATIONAL EDUCATION is a leader in international education, academic exchange, and overseas language immersion and works to strengthen international ties and mutual understanding through excellence in academic, professional, and cultural exchange, language acquisition, educational development, and research.

American Councils reopened its Tashkent office in 2018 and currently manages a diverse portfolio of 13 programs in Uzbekistan including Future Leaders Exchange (FLEX), American Corners, English Speaking Nation (ESN), Uzbekistan Business Leaders (UBL), and Central Asia University Partnership Program (UNiCEN). For more information about American Councils, please follow @ACCELS via Telegram or contact the office at