FLEX is a program of the U.S. Department of State with funding provided by the U.S. government. The FLEX competition is open to all students who meet the basic eligibility requirements established for their home countries.
Due to safety concerns related to the coronavirus pandemic, the FLEX Program will be conducting testing for the 2021-22 program year ONLINE in the fall of 2020. Applicants can participate in the recruitment process from any location that has Internet access, using either a mobile device or a computer. FLEX recruitment will still include three rigorous rounds of testing even though participants will not take part in in-person testing.
Round 1: Open to eligible applicants from September 1 – October 15, 2020. This round includes a preliminary online application and 3 essay questions that must be submitted within 10 days of starting the application.
To apply, visit https://ais.americancouncils.org/flex
Round 2: Students will be invited to take part in an online English test.
Round 3: This semi-finalist round will begin in November and include an interview, 3 more essay questions, the full application, and a comprehensive English test.
Students who pass to this stage will be invited to participate by the American Councils office in their country.
After applications are received from all candidates the documents are sent to Washington, DC for the selection committee to review. The results of the competition are expected in April – May 2021. Once results are released, finalists and alternates prepare necessary documents for their U.S. visa and school registration. All finalists are required to attend a Pre-Departure Orientation before going to the USA. Finalists selected in the spring of 2021 depart for the United States in August 2021 and return to Ukraine in May and June 2022.