National Security Language Initiative for Youth

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.

NSLI-Y does not have a language requirement to apply, but participants must complete an Oral Proficiency Interview upon completion. Scholarships are available to study Chinese in China for the summer, or in China and Taiwan during the academic year.

Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, is a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students.

To apply for CLS program, you are required to have studied Chinese for two years. Scholarships are available to study in China or Taiwan.

SIT Study Abroad

The School of International Training (SIT) Study Abroad programs offer language study at intermediate and advanced levels. Other programs offer beginning instruction in a less commonly taught language spoken by the local community. Students experience language immersion through homestays and interactions with community members.

You can browse Chinese language programs by selecting Chinese in the section labeled "Languages In Asia and the Pacific."

ROTC Project GO

Project Global Officer (Project GO) is a Department of Defense initiative aimed at improving the language skills, regional expertise, and intercultural communication skills of future military officers.

Sponsored by the Defense Language and National Security Education Office and administered by the Institute of International Education,  Project GO grants go towards language and culture training to ROTC students, funding domestic and overseas ROTC language programs and scholarships.

Disclaimer: CLM does not necessarily endorse any one of these programs. The information is intended to provide students with resources that aid them in selecting a program that suits their interests and needs.