Full, merit-based scholarship through the U.S. Department of State to study less commonly taught languages in overseas immersion programs.

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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, Bahasa Indonesia, 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 period for 2018-2019 programs is now closed. Details about the application timeline and more information about the program can be found at

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Am I eligible?
Candidates must meet the following requirements:

How are winners selected?
Berry Lauren While in India, I immersed myself in the local culture, used language learning as a tool for diplomacy and promoting understanding, and gained a more well-rounded view of the world around me.- Lauren, NSLI-Y Hindi Summer Alumna