National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The U.S. Department of State’s NSLI-Y program is part of a U.S. government initiative to foster international cooperation by ensuring that Americans have the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge necessary to effectively communicate. NSLI-Y provides overseas critical language study opportunities to American youth through merit-based scholarships to spark a lifetime interest in critical foreign languages and cultures.

Languages & Program Experiences

NSLI-Y provides intensive language immersion programs in locations around the world. Beginners are encouraged to apply, previous language experience is not required.

NSLI-Y offers the following languages:

Programs may take place in the following locations:

Estonia, China, India, Indonesia, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Korea, Latvia, Morocco, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and other locations around the world, as conditions allow.

Please note that programs, host locations, and schedules are dependent on local health and safety conditions and are subject to change.

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