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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 is October 30th, 2014 at 4PM Eastern Time. Find more information about the program and how to apply at www.nsliforyouth.org.

Visit the NSLI-Y website to learn more.

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