The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships for American high school students (ages 15-18) to study one of seven critical foreign languages including Chinese (Mandarin) and Korean in summer or academic year immersion programs overseas.
The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.
There are no language pre-requisites and beginners are welcome. Gap years students are also welcome as long as they meet age eligibility requirements.
The application deadline for summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 programs is October 30, 2014. Find out more.