The US Department of State through the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in summer, semester, and academic year international immersion programs. NSLI-Y encourages beginning, intermediate, and advanced language learners with a passion for learning languages, communicating across cultures, and living abroad to apply. National Security Language Initiative NSLI -Y is part of a broader government-wide presidential initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. Now more than ever, it is important that Americans have the necessary linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to promote international dialogues, support American engagement abroad, and attain better understanding of global cultures and issues. NSLI encourages a lifetime of language study and cultural understanding by supporting K-12, undergraduate, graduate, and professional language programs for languages that have traditionally not been taught in the United States. NSLI-Y Programs offer: * Scholarships to learn Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian, and Turkish * Unique language immersion programs in China, Egypt, India, Korea, Russia, Tajikistan, Turkey, and other countries around the world * Alumni networks to continue language and cultural learning * Springboards to other government sponsored programs to achieve language fluency NSLI-Y Participants will: * Begin a lifetime of learning and working with global peoples and cultures * Participate in language classes, cultural immersion, and community service projects * Interact with host country friends, families, and communities, in person and through online technologies * Gain a deeper understanding of their responsibility in an interconnected world * Continue language study and share cultural awareness and understanding when they return home * Promote international dialogues and the study of international languages in their home community Read more about the NSLI-Y program on the U.S. Department of State's website at: In 2009-2010 NSLI-Y scholarship winners traveled to China, Egypt, India, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Russia, Taiwan, Tajikistan and Turkey. To apply for NSLI-Y Summer 2010, Fall 2010, Spring 2011, and Academic Year 2010-2011 programs, please go to the Apply Now Sections. In 2010 and 2011 the NSLI-Y program is offering American youth opportunities to study seven languages in a variety of formats. Arabic, Hindi, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Turkish will be taught in three program models: summer programs (six to eight weeks), semester (fall or spring) programs, and full academic year programs. Persian will be offered only for summer programs. Participants may apply for the program length that suits their needs. Eligibility: * U.S. Citizenship * 15-18 years of age at the start of the program * High School student at time of application (Gap year programs are allowable) * GPA of at least 2.5 out of 4.0

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