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 provides a great pathway for students hoping to join one of The Language Flagship programs during their undergraduate study.  To date, 183 NSLI-Y and STARTALK alumni have joined The Language Flagship family.


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.

As part of a U.S. government initiative, NSLI-Y prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world. NSLI-Y aims to provide opportunities to American youth that will spark a lifetime interest in language learning. Explore the languages and programs offered through NSLI-Y today! 

NSLI-Y recently launched an interactive site. The new 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 on the site provides student views of the NSLI-Y program and resources to further language learning and cultural understanding for students, educators, and language learners in the U.S.



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 2017 student programs, click here.