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 US Department of State in 2006, NSLI-Y immerses participants in the language and culture of their host country, sparking a lifetime of interest in foreign languages and cultures. NSLI-Y offers scholarships to high school students interested in pursuing studies in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish.
Arabic summer programs are typically 6 to 8 weeks long and academic year programs range from 8 to 10 months long. The programs may be held in either Jordan or Morocco. NSLI-Y can be a gap year opportunity, so long as the student is enrolled in high school at the time of application.