NSLI for Youth | Scholarship to Study Language Abroad

About NSLI-Y

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, 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. 

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. 

NSLI-Y Programs

NSLI-Y programs offer intensive language immersion in a variety of locations around the world. Scholarships are available for students to learn the following languages:

Programs may take place in the following locations:


If you have a passion for learning languages and want to immerse yourself in a foreign culture, this program may be for you!

The application deadline for 2014-2015 programs is November 5th, 2013. Find more information under the How to Apply tab above.


Questions? Need more info? Contact us at 866.790.2086 or nsliy@americancouncils.org



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