The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

Program Offered: 
Study Abroad Opportunities in China
Program Level: 
High School

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year immersion programs in locations where the seven NSLI-Y languages are spoken.

NSLI-Y immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, iEARN, American Cultural Exchange Service (ACES), AMIDEAST, the Chinese Language and Culture Center of Maine (CLCCM), Legacy International, Russian American Foundation (RAF), Stony Brook University, University of Delaware, University of Minnesota, University of Wisconsin, and other organizations.

Application deadlines for this program are typically in the fall.  Click here to learn more.