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 foreign languages and cultures.
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:
Programs may take place in the following locations:
around the world
Due to recent events in Turkey, the 2016-17 NSLI-Y Turkish programs were suspended. However, in coordination with the Department of State, we will monitor the security climate over the next year and hope to resume the NSLI for Youth Programs in Turkey or in another location in 2017-18 if conditions permit.