Application Deadline: Thursday, November 5, 2019 4 P.M. U.S. Eastern Time


The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is a program of the U.S. Department of State that provides merit-based scholarships for eligible U.S. high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Programs are available for Arabic, Indonesian, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish. 

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in immersion programs in locations where the eight NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Previous language study is not required; language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply .


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