Virtual NSLI-Y, Application Due 6/30/20

Virtual NSLI-Y, a virtual exchange program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, introduces U.S. high school students to languages critical to U.S. national security. Virtual NSLI-Y is a 10-week, beginner-level foreign language and culture experience, in line with the ACTFL World Readiness Standards, that will also introduce participants to the people and culture of places where the target language is spoken.

Selected participants are placed into a virtual class of approximately 10 students and an experienced teacher that meets two times per week for 90 minute sessions.  Virtual NSLI-Y includes cultural learning and fosters intercultural understanding, designed in line with Asia Society’s Four Domains of Global Competence.

Available Languages: ArabicChinese (Mandarin)KoreanRussian

Explore multimedia stories about NSLI-Y experiences on NSLI-Y Interactive.Questions? Please contact


Published by David J. Smith

I am a career coach, consultant, and head of a not for profit - the Forage Center - that offers humanitarian education training. I also teach at George Mason University and Drexel University. A one time lawyer, I spent many years teaching in a community college where I was a Fulbright U.S. Scholar teaching in Estonia. I'm the author of Peace Jobs: A Student's Guide to Starting a Career Working for Peace (IAP 2016). I've been married to my best friend for over 31 years and we have two well adjusted adult children who teach me something new everyday. I live in Rockville, Maryland.

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