The Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State provides a merit-based award for eligible students to learn a second language overseas through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship. This award allows students to learn a less-common second language, promotes international commerce and assists in preparing American citizens to be leaders in today’s global world.
Individuals interested in the NSLI-Y study language abroad program do not need to have previous second language training; however, they must meet the following basic requirements:
- Be a U.S. Citizen
- Have a GPA of 2.5 or higher (4.0 scale)
- Be 15-18 years old
- Be enrolled in high school at the time of application
- Not have an immediate family member who is an employee at the U.S. Department of State who works in the Youth Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs or for the NSLI-Y
- Not have had previously traveled outside the U.S. on a Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs, U.S. Department of State sponsored exchange.
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship covers costs associated with the program including round-trip travel, pre-departure and re-entry orientations, secondary medical benefits, tuition and educational materials, room and board, visas, in-country support and cultural activities.
For a full list of requirements and more information on how to apply for the National Security Language Initiative for Youth Scholarship you can visit here.
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