National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Capriana Monastery

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.

Languages & 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; previous language experience is not required.

Scholarships are available for students to learn the following languages:

Arabic

Arabic

Chinese (Mandarin)

Chinese (Mandarin)

Hindi

Hindi

Bahasa Indonesia

Bahasa Indonesia

Korean

Korean

Persian (Tajiki)

Persian (Tajiki)

Russian

Russian

Turkish

Turkish

Programs may take place in the following locations:
China, Estonia, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Korea, Latvia, Moldova, Morocco, Russia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and other locations around the world.

The locations listed above are expected to host NSLI-Y programs in 2018, if conditions allow.  The 2017 Turkish programs have been suspended, but will resume in 2018 if conditions permit.  All program locations are subject to change.


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The application deadline for 2018-19 programs is November 2 at 4 PM Eastern Time! Details about the 2018-19 program timeline can be found on the How to Apply tab.


2018-19 Application Now Open! Apply Now!

Contact

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

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