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Languages and Programs

NSLI-Y summer programs are expected to be offered in all seven NSLI-Y languages.  Academic year programs are expected to be offered in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Russian, and Turkish. 

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

Explore multimedia stories about NSLI-Y summer and academic year programs on NSLI-Y Interactive!

Click on the links below to learn more about programs for each language and duration:

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Hindi Korean Persian
Russian Turkish
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Age-range Eligibility Requirement

Use the colors and dates on the chart below to identify which programs you are eligible for based on your age. Your birth date must fall between the dates indicated by the color in the chart above for each language and duration:

Birthdate: July 10, 1998 - June 10, 2002
Birthdate: September 20, 1998 - June 30, 2002

Note: Applicants indicate language and program duration preferences on the NSLI-Y application. Participants are assigned to particular programs and locations after the selection process is completed; preferences for particular locations or programs are not guaranteed.

Program Schedule

Summer programs last six to eight weeks and typically run from mid to late June until late July or August. All students will be enrolled in language classes and will receive at least 120 hours of classroom language instruction during the program. Students will participate in a variety of cultural activities designed to enhance their language skills. Most programs include opportunities for community service. 

Academic year programs offer a unique eight to ten month language immersion experience. Students receive at least ten hours of intensive language instruction per week. Students also participate in classes and activities at local educational institutions in the host location. There will be opportunities for cultural and volunteer activities throughout the school year.

Please note that programs, host locations, and schedules are subject to change.