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National Security Language Initiative for Youth Benefits

Program Description

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs.

General Program Requirements

All applicants must:
  • Be a U.S. citizen currently enrolled in, or just graduated from, high school;
  • Be 15-to-18 years old at the start of the program; and
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5.

For detailed eligibility requirements, please visit the NSLI-Y Eligibility information page.

Your Next Steps

The following information will lead you to the next steps to apply for this program.

Application Process

Program applications are available online through the U.S. Department of State partner organization, American Councils. Please visit the NSLI-Y How to Apply web page, for detailed application information.

Program Contact Information

For more information, please visit the NSLI-Y homepage.

You may also contact American Councils via:
[email protected]