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

Korean

Korean

Persian (Tajiki)

Persian (Tajiki)

Russian

Russian

Turkish

Turkish

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

The 2017-18 NSLI-Y Turkish programs have been suspended. We hope to resume the NSLI-Y Turkish programs in 2018-19.


Receive NSLI-Y Application Updates!


The application deadline for 2017-18 programs has passed. Details about the 2017-18 program timeline 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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