NSLI-Y students in Korea posing with Korean classmates.

The U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) awards merit-based scholarships to high school students to study a foreign language abroad for a summer or academic year. The NSLI-Y languages include Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish. Programs immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice, and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.

Applications for 2018-2019 programs are now closed. The 2019-2020 application will open later this year and will be similar to the 2018-2019 application, information about which can be found here: