National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
About the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
Sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. Languages include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish.
NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogue and support American engagement abroad. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning.
Previous language study is not required, and language learners of all levels are encouraged to apply.
The application deadline for 2015-2016 programs was October 30th, 2014 at 4PM Eastern Time and has passed. Find more information about the program and how to apply at www.nsliforyouth.org.
Visit the NSLI-Y website to learn more.
What does NSLI-Y Offer?
Academic scholarships to learn Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, and Turkish
Language immersion programs in China, Estonia, India, Jordan, Korea, Moldova, Morocco, Oman, Russia, Taiwan, Tajikistan, Turkey, and other locations around the world
Cultural understanding through living with a host family and participating in community events
Language acquisition through both formal and informal language training
What are the benefits of NSLI-Y?
Alumni networks through the NSLI-Y Alumni Association and the U.S. Department of State
Springboards to other government sponsored programs to achieve language fluency
Skills for advancing international dialogue and diplomacy through person-to-person relationships
Opportunities to be in the vanguard of intercultural communication
Am I eligible?
Candidates must meet the following requirements:
15-18 years of age at the start of the NSLI-Y program. Detailed dates ranges listed on the NSLI-Y website.
Enrolled in high school at the time of application
Grade point average (GPA) of 2.5 or higher on a 4.0 scale, or the equivalent
Additional criteria are detailed in the application and can be found on the NSLI-Y website.
How are winners selected?
NSLI-Y staff screen online applications and select semi-finalists
Semi-finalists are interviewed by local volunteers and staff between December and February
Scholarship finalists are announced in the Spring
Finalists and alternates participate in pre-departure orientations
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