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10/25/16  Save the date for the 2017 Inaugural Gala

In advance of Inauguration Day, join Sister Cities International at the 2017 Inaugural Gala for an exciting gathering of diplomats, members of congress, municipal officials, and community and citizen leaders in celebration of the inauguration of our Honorary Chairperson, the President of the United States. 
Tuesday, January 17, 2017
7:00 PM - 11:00 PM
The Organization of American States
200 17th Street NW
Washington, DC 20006
Click here to book a hotel room at our special rate of $229/night at the Washington Marriott Hotel at Metro Center. 
Gala Ticket: $250
Gala Ticket - Young Professional Rate: $150

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10/25/16 What is Cities Seeking Cities?
[Sister cities signing] Sister Cities International’s Cities Seeking Cities program helps member cities find new partner communities abroad. We work with volunteers and municipal officials and utilize our broad network, including U.S. and foreign embassies, federal agencies, municipal associations, and twinning organizations, among others, to find potential matches. Learn more about the Cities Seeking Cities program and how cities become sister cities by visiting our website here.

Cities Seeking Cities Networking
Over the years, Sister Cities International has enhanced its cooperation with the U.S. Department of State, its diplomats, and foreign embassies and consulates in the U.S. Leveraging these relationships has proven to benefit programs by identifying program needs, providing insight on how to best work with an international community, exposing new opportunities, and connecting citizen diplomats with community, business, and government leaders that can bring resources to the program.

Sister Cities International can connect you with foreign diplomats, U.S. Department of State officials, as well as to fellow peers from the sister cities network to ensure that you have the right connections to strengthen your program.

If you are developing a new partnership or traveling to your sister city and have an interest in connecting with a U.S. Embassy or Consulate while you are in-country, please reach out to our Membership Department to arrange a meeting. We can also connect you with the foreign mission in Washington, D.C. or the nearest consular office to your community. We only ask that you provide us 4-6 weeks’ notice before your travel date. 

10/25/16 Scholarships available for U.S. high school students to study abroad
Attention sister city youth programs! Applications are now being accepted for scholarships for the following Department of State sponsored study abroad programs for U.S. high school students for 2017-18.

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. The application deadline for summer 2017 and academic year 2017-2018 programs is October 27, 2016. Visit for more information. 
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2017-18 programs are due December 1, 2016. Visit for more information.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to study for an academic year in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany. For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state 

For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit To receive printed brochures about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request

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