NSLI-Y students in Korea posing with Korean classmates.

The State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) merit-based scholarship programs for high school students to study a foreign language abroad for a summer or academic year begin in Summer 2017 for Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish languages. 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.

The application deadline for 2017-2018 NSLI-Y programs has passed, but more information can be found at for current U.S. high school students (ages 15-18) interested in learning a new language and culture through the NSLI-Y program.