Federal Partner Programs

The Language Flagship partners with and supports other federal programs that promote excellence in language teaching and learning. If you are a high school student, the parent of a middle or high school student, or a teacher of a critical language, we strongly encourage you to look into the opportunities provided by the programs listed below. 

 Participation in either NSLI-Y or STARTALK affords a great pathway for students hoping to join one of The Language Flagship programs during their undergraduate study.  Many NSLI-Y and STARTALK alumni have joined The Language Flagship family. 


State Department Scholarships

The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) provides more than 1,000 merit-based scholarships each year for U.S. high school students to study abroad for a summer or an academic year in over 25 countries – and we’d like your help to spread the word. 

These high school exchange programs prepare young Americans to succeed in the 21st century global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions.
The application periods will open in late summer/early fall for the following programs:

• Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX)
• National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)
• Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)
• Youth Ambassadors
These scholarship programs cover international airfare, tuition, program costs, as well as meals and living accommodations (often with a host family). The programs have no language prerequisites, except select Youth Ambassadors programs, and applicants must be between the ages of 15 and 18 when the program starts. 

Please share this information with teachers, students, parents, and others who may be interested in these opportunities.

Learn more about these programs at: https://exchanges.state.gov/highschool/ or here.


National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. The U.S. government initiative hopes to spark a lifetime interest in language learning in American youth and prepare them to be future leaders in a global world.

 NSLI-Y’s interactive site showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program and provides a platform for connecting with current participants and alumni. The multimedia content includes student views of the NSLI-Y program and resources for U.S. students and educators to further language learning and cultural understanding. Explore the languages and programs offered through NSLI-Y today! 



STARTALK's mission is to increase the number of Americans learning, speaking, and teaching critical foreign languages by offering students (K–16) and teachers creative and engaging summer experiences exemplifying best practices in language education and language teacher development. 

Students interested in learning Arabic, Chinese, Dari, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Portuguese, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu can apply to participate in one of STARTALK's many summer language programs.  To view a full list of STARTALK's summer 2018 student programs, see here.