How do I participate in the FLEX program?
Scholarship recipients are selected through an open, merit-based competition, which takes place each fall. Any student who meets the eligibility requirements may take part in the competition.
Representatives of American Councils visit regions (see more: Regions where recruitment is carried out) to conduct testing. Students should come to the designated testing center at the time of initial registration and bring proof of eligibility (original birth certificate/ ID/passport), one recent 3×4 cm photo, and a pen. Testing center locations are announced as soon as possible through press, TV, Radio. FLEX program representatives notify almost all school directors and teachers of the region beforehand (make phone calls, advertise on TV, schools are provided with posters, alumnus conduct presentations throughout Georgia).
For 2020 recruitment year students should be:
- Be born between January 1, 2004 and July 16, 2006 AND
- Be currently enrolled in a secondary school in the 9th, 10th, 11th grades*
- Have an academic standing of “good” or better
- Have previously studied English and demonstrated English Language ability at the time of registration
- Meet U.S. visa eligibility requirements
- Be a citizen of Georgia and be able to receive a passport in Georgia.
The age/grade eligibility requirements for students with DISABILITIES are the following:
- Students must be born between February 15, 2003 and July 15, 2006
- They must be studying in 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th grades*
*Students who change their grade level to an ineligible grade before their departure to the United States will be disqualified.
The competition consists of three rounds:
Round 1 A short test of English
Students meeting the age and grade criteria take a 15 minute, 16-question, multiple-choice English language test held in testing centers throughout the country. The results of Round 1 are announced on a posted list or by internet the same or next day and selected students are invited to participate in Round 2.
Round 2 Essays in English
Students selected to participate in Round 2 write three in-class essays (in English) in response to specific questions. Selected students will be invited to participate in Round 3.
Round 3 A standardized test of English, essays, an application and an interview
Students selected to participate in Round 3 take a standardized multiple-choice English test, write two in-class essays (in English) in response to specific questions, participate in a group activity, and take part in a one-on-one interview. In addition, students must complete and submit to the American Councils Tbilisi office (within 2 weeks) an application form. The results of Round 3 are announced by telephone approximately 6 months later. All Round 3 participants will be notified of outcomes, whether they are positive or negative.
Any participant who tries to take tests in more than one Test Center will be disqualified!
No preliminary registration is required! Please, check the web site regularly, as the dates and testing locations will be updated.