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Welcome BP employees and children of BP employees! BP and AFS have partnered to create the BP Global STEM Academies to help high schoolers develop the knowledge, critical STEM skills, and intercultural understanding to propel their future success. The BP Global STEM Academies are full scholarship programs in Brazil, Egypt, and the USA, focusing on science, technology, engineering, math and their exciting applications integrated with developing key global competencies like language skills, adaptability, problem-solving, collaboration, and the ability to build bridges across cultures.

Eligibility Requirements

Talented young people from all backgrounds who reflect the diversity of populations around the world, particularly young women and students with financial need, are encouraged to apply

  • Be between 15 and 17.5 years of age
  • Possess an academic and career interest in science, technology, engineering, math or related fields and applications
  • The ability to participate fully in a classroom and program conducted entirely in English
  • Be able and willing to travel unaccompanied abroad

For more details on eligibility requirements, please see Frequently Asked Questions section below.

The deadline to submit applications for 2018 BP Global STEM Academies is 31 March 2018. Have questions or need help? Please email [email protected] or phone +1-646-751-2088 between 10 am – 6 pm EST.

What's included in your experience

  • Airfare
  • Airport Pick-up
  • Host Family Placement
  • Housing
  • Meals
  • Medical Insurance
  • 24/7 Emergency Support
  • Field Trips
  • Cultural Tours
  • Domestic Transport
  • Visa and Passport Fees
  • Pre-Departure Orientation
  • Orientations during your time abroad
  • Access to Alumni Network
  • Continuous Support

Want to know more about AFS and the Academies? Watch the webinar below.


If you are dreaming about becoming a game developer, coder, engineer, or future innovator, a STEM-focused program is a great opportunity! Get the critical skills you need, while engaging with people from around the world and exploring a new and exciting culture.


experiments creating extraordinary discoveries



cutting-edge designs we can’t live without



brightest ideas that set the world in motion



in Einstein’s words, the poetry of logical ideas

Go to a STEM Academy in one of these countries:

Becoming a global citizen to make an impact in the world

“I wish to find my true self through this program and as a young, proud, BP scholar from a rural area, I would like to go back home with something concrete and change their lives as BP and AFS have changed my life.” — Sinegugu, BP/AFS scholar from South Africa to USA


Join young people from Brazil, China, Egypt, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, the USA, and elsewhere in an active and hands on exploration of STEM subjects and new countries. Learn about the diversity of energy in Brazil, be surprised by the technological sophistication of Egypt, and see how STEM shapes cities in the USA. Get ready for mornings full of fun learning, and afternoons full of getting out and about.

Brazil: June 16-July 14


Egypt: June 21-July 19


USA: July 1-28

A sample day in the STEM Academy

  • 08.30 h – Good Morning!
  • 09:00h – Breakfast
  • 09:30h – Sustainable Energy Lab
  • 14:15h – Lunch
  • 16:00h – Cultural Activities: City Tour
  • 18:00h – Intercultural Orientation
  • 21:00h – Dinner
  • 22:00h – Evening Activities, Night Games, Free Time
  • 23:00h – Good Night!

For Parents: Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have any questions about this program? Check out this space for answers!

BP and AFS share a commitment to global diversity and inclusion. Talented young students between the ages of 15 to 17.5, from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. BP and AFS highly encourage females and students with financial need to apply for consideration.

For Students: Frequently Asked Questions

The four-week, science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) academies will provide an exceptional opportunity to build critical intercultural skills and STEM training that will help students thrive in a global economy. Each academy will bring together diverse, international groups of students for an exciting and enriching study abroad experience.

Your AFS experience will help you mature and develop skills that you will use throughout your lifetime, including:

  • Exploring and discovering a new culture
  • Learning to live and enjoy life outside of your comfort zone
  • Enjoying amazing adventures with new friends from around the world
  • Sharing everyday life and cultural traditions with your host family or class
  • Discovering new ways to view and solve problems
  • Learning to respect and value differences
  • Becoming more self-confident and flexible as you learn how to turn challenging situations into valuable opportunities for personal growth
  • Practicing being a leader and collaborating across differences
  • Becoming part of a lifelong AFS community of over half a million global citizens

By experiencing STEM subjects in a different culture, AFS and BP are preparing the workforce of the future

“Thanks to BP and AFS, I discovered that life has no boundaries. Next year, I will apply to study at a college in the US, which is something that someone who was born in the same conditions as me would never be able to dream nor achieve, if this life changing AFS experience hadn’t occurred.” – Gustavo, BP/AFS scholar from Brazil to USA