National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

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Learn a unique language in a foreign culture!

The U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages. Participants spend a summer or academic year studying a language while immersed in the culture and day-to-day life of the host country.

NSLI-Y is part of the National Security Language Initiative, a multi-agency U.S. government initiative launched in 2006 to improve Americans' ability to engage with people from around the world. NSLI-Y plays an important role in preparing U.S. students for the 21st century’s globalized workforce, increasing American competitiveness, and contributing to national security. NSLI-Y participants also serve as citizen ambassadors, representing the diversity of the United States abroad and building lasting relationships with people in their host countries.

If you have a passion for learning languages and want to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, this program may be for you! No previous language skills are required.

Visit the NSLI-Y website for more details, stories from past participants, virtual events, and to apply.

Application Deadline is October 30, 2019.

Program Length

Summer and Academic Year

Eligibility and Application Overview

Eligibility

All applicants must:

  • Be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in high school;
  • Be 15-to-18 years old at the start of the program; and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.
  • Meet other criteria as defined in the application.

 

To apply, visit the NSLI-Y website.

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