General Information

Headquartered in
Washington DC
Representative
U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
Website

Contact Information

  • Email: nsliy@americancouncils.org
  • Phone: 866.790.2086

Summary

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State.  NSLI-Y is part of a broader, multi-agency U.S. government initiative launched in January 2006 to improve Americans\' ability to engage with people from around the world. In addition to the U.S. Department of State, the Department of Defense, the Department of Education and the National Security Agency offer a number of language-focused programs under the NSLI umbrella.
Since its inception in 2006, the NSLI-Y program has experienced dramatic growth in the number of languages taught and the number of scholarships offered. From 2006 through 2008, NSLI-Y offered study abroad opportunities in only two languages: Arabic and Chinese (Mandarin). In these three years, approximately 330 American high school students studied Arabic and Chinese on short-term, summer programs. Today, the program has expanded to offer summer and academic year programs to learn Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, and Turkish. By the end of the 2011-12 program year, nearly 2,000 students will proudly call themselves NSLI-Y alumni.


The NSLI-Y summer Chinese program seeks to significantly increase students’ Chinese vocabulary and their ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. The program aims to accomplish this through intensive in-class language instruction, cultural presentations and activities, and host family stays.  Classroom learning is enhanced by activities with local NGO’s and cultural activities such as cooking and martial arts classes.

 The NSLI-Y academic year Chinese program seeks to significantly increase students’ Chinese vocabulary and their ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. The program aims to accomplish this through intensive in-class language instruction at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, cultural classes and excursions, and host family stays.  Cultural classes may include calligraphy, tai-chi, kung-fu, Chinese yo-yo and Chinese chess.


Chinese ( Mandarin) Summer Program: 



Program Location: China
Program Dates: Summer programs are six to eight weeks in duration and typically start in mid-June to early July and end in early to mid-August
Language Class Hours: Minimum of 120 hours during the program
Accommodation: Host families or a combination of group housing and host family stays in most locations

Academic program: The summer Chinese program seeks to significantly increase students’ Chinese vocabulary and their ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. The program aims to accomplish this through intensive in-class language instruction, cultural presentations and activities, and host family stays. Classroom learning is enhanced by activities with local NGOs and cultural activities such as cooking, paper-cutting, and martial arts classes.




China ( Mandarin) Academic Year Program:

Program Locations: China, Taiwan
Program Dates: Late August to early June
Language Class Hours: Minimum of 10 hours per week
Accommodation: Host families or a combination of group housing and host family stays

Academic program: The academic year Chinese program seeks to significantly increase students’ Chinese vocabulary and their ability to communicate with confidence in the target language. The program aims to accomplish this through intensive in-class language instruction at the beginning, intermediate, and advanced levels, cultural classes and excursions, and host family stays.  Cultural classes may include calligraphy, tai-chi, kung-fu, Chinese yo-yo and Chinese chess.