If you're a high school student or recent graduate (15-to-18 years old), an American citizen, and already dreaming about exploring as much of the world as you can, this language-immersion program could be for you. Read on to find out more.

Every year, the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) awards merit-based scholarships to eligible high school students and recent graduates to immerse themselves in one of the less commonly taught languages and cultures around the world.

For a summer or a semester, eligible students have the chance to travel, live, and learn in such countries as China, Estonia, India, Jordan, Korea, Morocco, Turkey, and Oman, to name a few. And thanks to a well-established network of support systems, including international exchange organizations, field staff, and host families, students will have the chance to explore their new country knowing that they'll be nurtured, safe, and supported along the way.

Please Note: If you're interested in applying, the application deadline is October 30, 2015.

Read on for some initial instructions on how to apply below.

Application Requirements
To apply to the NSLI-Y Program, students must:

  • Be an American citizen;
  • Be currently enrolled in high school;
  • Be 15-to-18 years old at the beginning of the program;
  • Have at least a 2.5 GPA;
  • Meet other eligibility requirements, as well as those outlined in the NSLI-Y Application.

How to Apply
The NSLI-Y Application is not a simple one; it requires time, attention, and focus. But if you're passionate about immersing yourself in a new language and culture, taking the time to submit it is well worth the effort. For instructions on how to apply, visit the NSLI-Y How to Apply page, and be sure to download, read through, and follow the application instructions.

NSLI-Y has programs for both U.S. citizens and non-U.S. citizens. Check out their list of Exchange Programs to find out more.