Application for 2017-18 programs now available!
Completed applications must be submitted by October 27, 2016 at 4PM ET.
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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 foreign languages and cultures.

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:

Programs may take place in the following locations:

  • China
  • Estonia
  • India
  • Jordan
  • Korea
  • Latvia
  • Moldova
  • Morocco
  • Russia
  • Taiwan
  • Tajikistan
  • Turkey
  • Other 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.


Receive NSLI-Y Application Updates!

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 2017-18 programs is October 27, 2016 at 4 PM Eastern Time. Details about the 2017-18 application timeline can be found on the How to Apply tab.


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