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National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

NSLI-Y logoNational Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) was launched in 2006 to promote critical language learning among American youth. NSLI-Y is a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. The program is sponsored by the Department of State and administered by American Councils for International Education. NSLI-Y provides merit-based scholarships for high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic year overseas immersion programs.

The Confucius Institute at the University of Minnesota has been awarded a partner sub-grant by American Councils for International Education to implement a summer 2015 Chinese (Mandarin) program in Shanghai, China from June to August. In collaboration with American Councils, the Confucius Institute will provide a seven-week immersive language and culture learning experience for 20 students selected from the NSLI-Y nation-wide competition. During the seven-week experience, NSLI-Y participants will study in Shanghai, the most populous metropolis in Eastern China. In addition to language learning and tutoring, participants will also have the opportunity to experience traditional Chinese culture, live with a host family, and learn about recent socio-economic developments through extra-curricular activities, sightseeing and leadership building.

Students will have the opportunity to blog weekly highlights during their summer in Shanghai. To see what current NSLI-Y students are doing abroad please visit the NSLI-Y Interactive, a microsite dedicated to showcasing the language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program. NSLI-Y experiences abroad can also be followed on Instagram.

NSLI-Y also provides students with complimentary pre- and post-program language assessments organized by American Councils in coordination with American Councils on the Teaching of Foreign Language (ACTFL). All NSLI-Y participants will have the opportunity to take an Oral Proficiency Interview (OPI) and receive an official ACTFL certificate noting their level of language skill as measured by the standardized assessment. The scores may be used to demonstrate their language achievements to high school, college, or employment officials.

How to apply

The application deadline for 2017-2018 programs will open in August - September. Please visit the NSLI-Y website for more up to date details about the application timeline and more information about the program:  www.nsliforyouth.org.

Highlights from the Summer 2016 Shanghai Program

Past Program Highlights

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The NSLI-Y program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.