- Application is currently open. Apply now.
Learn a unique language in a foreign culture!
The NSLI-Y program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent graduates to learn less commonly taught languages. Participants will spend a summer or academic year studying a language while immersed in the culture and day-to-day life of the host country. A network of support through experienced international exchange organizations, field staff, trained volunteers, and carefully selected host families helps ensure a successful exchange experience.
Now more than ever, linguistic skills and cultural knowledge are important building blocks for American citizens to be leaders in a global world. No previous language skills are required. If you have a passion for learning languages and want to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, this program may be for you!
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Program LengthSummer and Academic Year
Eligibility and Application OverviewPublic applications are accepted.
The application for 2018-2019 NSLI-Y programs is now open! The deadline is November 2, 2017 at 4 PM Eastern Time.
To apply, visit the NSLI-Y website.
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.