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Subject Areas
African Studies Communications Cultural Studies Digital Media Education English Global Studies International Relations Middle Eastern Studies Political Science Service Learning +1

Program Details

Program Type
Direct Enrollment
Degree Level
High School Diploma


Starting Price
Price Details
Fully funded (free!)
Dec 12, 2022
Oct 03, 2021
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About Program

The Experiment Digital invites teens ages 14-19 to participate in a free international virtual exchange program! This six-week online exchange connects hundreds of young people across the U.S. with peers from the Middle East and North Africa. Participants will come together for four hours a week to enhance their understanding and practice of leadership and mutual understanding between different cultures, learn how to become more civically engaged, and implement service projects in their local communities.

Upon successful completion of the program, participants receive a Certificate of Completion in Leadership & Global Issues Analysis, a $400 scholarship for summer 2024 toward one of The Experiment's programs, and more.

The Experiment Digital is supported by the Stevens Initiative, which is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, with funding provided by the U.S. Government, and is administered by the Aspen Institute.

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Program Highlights

  • Learn and discuss world affairs with peers across the U.S., Middle East, and North Africa—all without leaving your living room.
  • Program for youth led by youth. Build friendships with other young people across the globe.
  • Students practice collaborative problem solving, intercultural communication, and digital etiquette.
  • The participant to expert facilitator ratio is 5:1, allowing for small group conversations with authentic engagement.
  • Robust and engaging curriculum with a critical outlet for global cross-cultural exchange in a time of crisis.


The Experiment in International Living Scholarships

The Experiment in International Living offers a variety of need-based and merit-based scholarships to worthy high school students looking to participate in their program. The eligibility requirements vary depending on where you live and other demographics -- and your GPA is taken into account for some scholarships too.

$250 - $5,000

Program Reviews

4.90 Rating
based on 39 reviews
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  • Content 4.9
  • Engagement 4.8
  • Support 4.9
  • Platform 4.8
  • Value 4.9
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Experiment Digital

I loved how genuine the participants were. They were all so open to share their views and hear the views of other people. Every participant was so nice, and I am so happy to have been able to participate in this program. I also love the enriching content. I truly feel more empowered to evoke change in my community. The program allows students to think about what issues they face in their community, and they pushed us to really evaluate what we could do to help it. With this, I have a community service project that I would love to implement in my community!

What would you improve about this program?
I would improve it to hold more zoom meetings, so participants could meet a lot more face to face.
52 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Experiment Digital

It was a great experience for me, I got to know people from all over the world and share my ideas with them, that really had a great feeling. I learned a lot of things about being a leader and having a good effect on my community.
The only problem I faced is when using some of the digital tools like Padlet, it was glitching a lot and that prevented me from completing my activities in time.
I recommend this program for everyone who is interested in solving problems in their community or becoming a leader.

53 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Informative and Fascinating 8 weeks

I learned a lot of stuff in this program about leadership, SWOT analysis, different cultures, issues in different communities. We discussed stereotypes. We brainstormed solutions together via slack and family dialogues. The virtual homestay was one of the most fascinating experiences in the program because I had a conversation with my sibling about our countries, issues in our communities, knew the similarities and differences between our communities. The facilitators were so cooperative. I also learned about the SMART goal and action plan timeline. Coming up with a solution that solves one of my community issues.

50 people found this review helpful.
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Nour El Imane
Yes, I recommend this program

Eye-opening journey

The experiment digital is such a great opportunity and an eye-opening for me because I learned a lot of new things about leadership and I knew myself more. I am being my better version, I have become more confident also I met inspiring people and peers from different countries and backgrounds, with different taught and ideas, I think exactly this point is pretty great because you are going to exchange your culture, your traditions and your language with your peers. I have the chance to learn from your peer mentors and your facilitator who will guide you when you needed help. You will be able to start your own project to make a difference or a change in your community and influent people around you. I fully advise and encourage you guys to submit the required information and participate in this amazing journey.

What was your funniest moment?
The funniest moment for me in this program is our games in the regional chat especially TABOO, we were super excited to get the right words as much as possible, at the same time we learned from each other new words and improve our vocabulary in English. In addition, our family dialogues were just amazing with my facilitator and my peers in the neighborhood.
57 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

The Experiment Digital

The Experiment Digital allowed me to explore parts of my identity of myself with others from all across the world. I learned how to be a better, more thoughtful, kinder leader not only with others but with myself. TED allowed me to become the best version of myself through discovering other rich and fascinating cultures, customs, and traditions. I got to play a lot of games and have interesting conversations with really interesting people, and I felt like I had a lot of support through all of it. I would definitely recommend this program!

What was your funniest moment?
When we tried finding differences between two pics!
55 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program


I am recommending this program to those young learners and those who wants to become a good leader. Its was a different experience for me i get to know more about other caltures and talking about their issues and trying to help each other. i get to know a lot of great people and becoming friends with them and at the end of the program we are trying to have a project to help people in our community and trying to change those bad thing. So i recommend the experiment digital to those young leaders.

What would you improve about this program?
I personally like to have more family meeting to have better connection between the participants
51 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

Program review

I had a good time! Hands down my favourite program out of all the other different programs I took part in. I learnt a lot from the other participants and the facilitators. Fun was always part of the program and that was one of the things I liked the most. We had fun while discussing important topics and learned a lot about how to solve serious problems facing us. I also got to know the cultural differences between Egyptians and Americans. I made a lot of new friends from different nationalities. I am more than happy to have taken part in this program and I would most certainly give it another shot if possible.

What was your funniest moment?
One of the funniest moments was when we were wrapping up the program, we had an online meeting and we were all trying to hold our tears back and we ended up laughing because we didn't want to end it that way. 😂😂
72 people found this review helpful.
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Yes, I recommend this program

My experience

I really had so much fun, it was an unforgettable experience and I learned a lot about different problems and issues in both countries and discussed how to solve them. I learned more about education in America and it’s totally different from Egypt. Everyone in this program was helpful and encouraging and the facilitator was really supportive and caring . The best part of the program is that I’ve meet a lot of amazing people and I made a lot of friends both Egyptian and Americans and I would be glad to repeat this experience again.

What was your funniest moment?
When we talked about food the facilitator mentioned a funny situation when she traveled to Morocco.
63 people found this review helpful.

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