About NSLI-Y

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning.

NSLI-Y Programs

NSLI-Y programs offer intensive language immersion in a variety of locations around the world. Beginners are welcome to apply for any of the target languages.

Scholarships are available for students to learn the following languages:

  • Arabic
  • Chinese (Mandarin)
  • Hindi
  • Korean
  • Persian (Tajiki)
  • Russian
  • Turkish

Programs may take place in the following locations:

  • China
  • Estonia
  • India
  • Jordan
  • Korea
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • Oman
  • Russia
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Other locations
    around the world

Apply

If you have a passion for learning languages and want to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, this program may be for you!

The application deadline for 2015-16 programs was October 30, 2014 at 4 PM EST and has passed. For current semi-finalists, the completed Medical Evaluation Form must be post-marked by February 6, 2015. Details can be found on the How to Apply tab.

Contact

Questions? Need more info? Contact us at 866.790.2086 or nsliy@americancouncils.org

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