The following information is requested on the NSLI-Y 2019-2020 application:
Information about you, your family, and your school
Certification of Eligibility
Include any languages you have studied and duration of study. If you have experience with any of the NSLI-Y languages that you list as a preference in your application, you must complete a self-assessment.
Include countries visited, duration, and reason for travel. Also include future international travel plans between the time of application and program start.
Activities and Hobbies, Paid Work/Internships, and Awards
Include information about activities, hobbies, organizations, volunteering, or athletics that you have participated in.
Include details about internships or paid work you have done.
List notable awards/honors you have received.
Include information about allergies, religion, diet, disabilities, health conditions, etc. for homestay placement purposes. This information is not reviewed or considered during the selection process, but will be used to determine placements for finalists.
Letter to your prospective host family and language instructors
Include a self-introduction, information about your family, friends, hobbies, etc. Consider formatting it as a letter. The letter is used as part of the evaluation process, but may also be shared with your future host family and/or language teachers.
Essays are used to determine your motivation for language learning and readiness to study abroad as a NSLI-Y participant.
All candidates are required to submit a response for essay #1 and essay #2. Candidates applying for academic year programs as their first or second preference must also complete essay #3.
Photos of you, your family and friends. This information is not reviewed or considered during the selection process.
Used to introduce you to a prospective host family (optional)
Used to determine motivation and readiness to study abroad as a NSLI-Y participant. Click here to download an informational document that may assist your parents/legal guardians in writing the parent statement.
Used to determine academic motivation and promise as a NSLI-Y participant. Click here to download an informational document that may assist teachers in writing your recommendation
Must include all high school courses and current GPA. Ninth graders and home school students have slightly different transcript reporting requirements; see the online application for more detail and relevant forms. Transcripts must be post-marked by the application deadline, October 30. Official transcripts should be sent to:
ATTN: NSLI-Y File Processing (#1100G) American Councils for International Education 1828 L ST NW STE 1200 Washington, DC 20036-5136
Terms and Conditions
Describes the terms and conditions of the NSLI-Y scholarship. This document should be read thoroughly and must be signed by you and your parents/legal guardians. Click here to download the 2019-20 Terms and Conditions
Applicants submit an uploaded, signed copy of the final page of the Terms and Conditions through the online application by the application deadline, October 30. If unable to submit online, a signed copy should be mailed to:
ATTN: NSLI-Y File Processing (#1100TC) American Councils for International Education 1828 L ST NW STE 1200 Washington, DC 20036-5136
Read additional tips for completing your application here.