The 2020-21 NSLI-Y application will be available in August 2019.

Languages and Programs

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

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

Arabic Chinese
Hindi Indonesian 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. For the 2019-20 programs, your birth date must fall between the dates indicated by the color in the chart above for each language and duration:

Birthdate: July 10, 2000 - June 10, 2004
Birthdate: August 30, 2000 - June 30, 2004

Note: Applicants may indicate up to two language and program duration preferences on the NSLI-Y application. If selected for the scholarship, finalists are assigned to a language program and program site. Finalists will be informed of the assigned program and its location at the time of scholarship notification; placement transfer requests will not be honored. Any preferences regarding locations indicated in essays or the parent statements are not guaranteed.

Additional Program Information

Program Schedule

Summer programs last six to eight weeks and typically start in mid-June to early July and end in early to mid-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.

Pre- and Post-Program Expectations

All participants will be required to participate in pre-program language learning programs, as guided by their implementing organization. All participants will be required to complete a pre-program survey, pre-program language assessments (if requested), and several post-program surveys and language tests.

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

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