Virtual NSLI-Y

Virtual National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y), a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA), introduces U.S. high school students to languages critical to U.S. national security. Launched in 2019, Virtual NSLI-Y is a 10-week,  beginner-level foreign language and culture experience, in line with the ACTFL World Readiness Standards, that also introduces participants to the people and culture of places where the target language is spoken.

Participants are placed into a virtual class of approximately 10 students with an experienced language teacher that meets two times per week for 90 minute sessions.  Virtual NSLI-Y includes cultural learning and fosters intercultural understanding, designed in line with Asia Society’s Four Domains of Global Competence.

Available Languages in Beginner Level Only: ArabicChinese (Mandarin)HindiKoreanRussianTurkish

Cost: Virtual NSLI-Y is a merit scholarship program. Submitting an application does not guarantee selection. Please refer to the FAQ for details on what the scholarship covers.
Duration: 10 weeks (during the school year)

  • Fall 2022 program: September – November 2022
  • Winter 2023 program: January – March 2023


  1. Mondays and Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 PM Eastern Time
  2. Tuesdays and Thursdays: 7:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern Time
  3. Wednesdays: 6:30 – 8:00 PM Eastern Time and Saturdays: 10:30 AM – 12:00 PM Eastern Time
  4. Thursdays and Sundays: 7:00 – 8:30 PM Eastern Time

Language Level Goal: Novice Low

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Watch our short webinar recording to learn more about this program