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 (Mandarin), Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, 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 for 2018-2019 NSLI-Y programs is now open!  The deadline is November 2, 2017 at 4 PM Eastern Time. Click here to start your application. Current U.S. high school students (ages 15-18) interested in learning a new language and culture are welcome to apply. More information on NSLI-Y can be found at