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 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.
Program LengthSummer and Academic Year
Eligibility and Application Overview
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.