The application deadline for 2013-14 NSLI-Y programs has passed. Applications for 2014-15 programs will be available in the late summer of 2013.
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Resources for language learning
Whether you are just beginning your research into language learning opportunities, or have participated in NSLI-Y already and are looking for ways to continue your learning, the resources below should help you find the information your're looking for.
- ExchangesConnect - Join the NSLI-Y group on this Department of State sponsored international social network for people interested in exchanges. Here you may meet NSLI-Y alumni and ask them about their experience on past NSLI-Y programs. NSLI-Y alumni can help you learn about the application process, as well as share tips on how to prepare for an overseas experience, how to make the most of your language learning experience, and how to prepare to live with a host family.
- Facebook - Become a fan of National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) on Facebook to see photos of the NSLI-Y host locations and chat with your peers about the exciting exchange experience ahead of you!
- Twitter - Follow us for updates on the 2012 application and other interesting tips for language lovers!
- U.S. Department of State's website - Read more about the NSLI-Y program and others in the Educational and Cultural Affairs bureau of the U.S. State Department.
After studying a language and serving as an informal citizen diplomat overseas, you can remain engaged in the international arena as a NSLI-Y alumnus. Your language skills and insights into another culture can play a lasting role in shaping your plans for the future.
- Alumni Outreach Toolkit - Now that you have returned from your experience abroad, share the opportunity with your school and community. Check out the Alumni Outreach Toolkit for helpful tips on giving presentations about the NSLI-Y program.
- State Alumni - Join the U.S. Department of State's alumni community to learn about more career development, job opportunities, scholarships, internships, and exciting alumni activities. Keep in touch with alumni in your programs and network with alumni from other State Department programs.
Below is a partial list of further language study opportunities that target learners of NSLI-Y languages:
- The Language Flagship: K - 12 and undergraduate programs
- Startalk: summer programs from K - 12, undergraduate, and teachers
- Boren Awards for International Study: undergraduate and graduate scholarships and fellowships
- Critical Language Scholarship (CLS): scholarship program for summer study for undergraduates
Below are some career options that value and utilize language skills:
- U.S. Department of State
- The Peace Corps
- Consider a career in language teaching!
- National Language Service Corps