The NSLI-Y program is a great opportunity to not only discover new cultures, but to reflect on our own culture from a different perspective. It was easily one of the best experiences in my life. - NSLI-Y Participant
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the seven NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.
NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, iEARN, American Cultural Exchange Service (ACES), AMIDEAST, Russian American Foundation (RAF), Stony Brook University, University of Delaware, University of North Carolina Charlotte, University of Wisconsin, and other organizations.
Goals of NSLI-Y
While in India, I immersed myself in the local culture, used language learning as a tool for diplomacy and promoting understanding, and gained a more well-rounded view of the world around me. - NSLI-Y Summer Participant
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