National Security Language Initiative for Youth
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship is a fully-funded, merit-based scholarship to spend a summer or an academic year learning a critical language. Launched by the U.S. Department of State in 2006, NSLI-Y immerses participants in the language and culture of their host country, sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures. Languages offered: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian, Turkish.
Arabic summer programs are typically six to eight weeks long, while academic year programs are eight to ten months long. The programs may be held in Morocco or Jordan. NSLI-Y can be a gap year opportunitiy, as long as the student is enrolled in high school at the time of application. Applications for the 2019-2020 cycle are expected to open late summer 2018.