Monday, October 20, 2014

Study Abroad Scholarship Opportunities 2015

Hi Students:

Might you be inspired by the opportunities offered by these programs?  They are all worth a look!  
They have been pursued by only a handful of NKHS students in the past, but they have made amazing - certainly life-changing differences on each of those individuals!   

Last year for instance, Katja (Kayla L.) spent the year in Leipzig through CBYX (which started the day after owe had returned from our GAPP exchange; this summer we should have a bit more breathing room).  This past summer, Sadie H. spend 5 weeks in Russia through NSLI-Y. Both are recently back. Perhaps you'd like to approach them with your questions as well.

Let me know how I might help!     

Yours truly
Frau Baker

Dear Mrs. Baker

Please see the message below from the U.S.  Department of State regarding some well-known and highly regarded opportunities for K-12 language learners, (particularly HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS) including:
·         National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y);
·         Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad); and
·         Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) with Germany

Please note that the deadlines for these initiatives are fast-approaching.

Please forward this message to your networks if you are able to do so.

Many warm regards,

Ryan T. Wertz
National Council of State Supervisors for Languages
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From: Rougle, Tara E []
Sent: Friday, September 26, 2014 3:38 PM
To: Wertz, Ryan
Subject: U.S. Dept. of State Study Abroad Scholarship Programs for U.S. High School Students

Dear Mr. Wertz:

I am a Program Officer in the Youth Programs Division at the U.S. Department of State, and I am writing to let you know about several opportunities we have for U.S. high school students to study abroad.  We would like to ask if you could share this information with your networks.  Thank you so much for your previous assistance in sharing information about our programs with your networks.  We greatly appreciate your spreading the word about these opportunities.

Our study abroad programs for U.S. high school students are merit-based scholarship programs.  Most programs have no language prerequisites and usually beginners are welcome.  Gap year students are also encouraged to apply for most programs, as long as they remain age eligible.  We are particularly trying to reach young people who would not otherwise have the opportunity to participate in a study abroad experience.

Here are the upcoming deadlines by program, which are also included in the attached announcement.  Please note the first deadline, for the NSLI-Y program, is coming up soon.

  • National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y)                   October 30, 2014
  • Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad (YES Abroad)   January 7, 2015
  • Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) with Germany        deadlines vary by state                                                                                 (Dec., 2014 – Jan., 2015) ______________

The attached short announcement about our programs can be shared via an email distribution list, e-newsletter, Facebook or website posting, etc.   I have also cut and pasted the announcement below.  In addition, please let me know if you would like to receive printed brochures and/or posters about our programs, which we can also send to you.

Thank you again for your assistance in spreading the word about these programs.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email or call me at the number below. 


Tara Rougle
Tara E. Verdonk Rougle
Program Officer
Youth Programs Division
Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA)
U.S. Department of State
2200 C Street, N.W.
Building SA-5, Third Floor
Washington, D.C.  20522-0503
Tel:  202-632-6082
Fax:  202-632-9355

The U.S. Department of State Announces
Scholarships for American High School
Students to Study Abroad

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to study one of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, provide formal and informal language practice, and spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.   The application deadline for summer 2015 and academic year 2015-2016 programs is October 30, 2014. Visit for more information. 
The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers  merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in countries that may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Philippines, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, and Turkey. This program increases understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations.  Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. Applications for academic year 2015-16 programs are due January 7, 2015.  Visit for more information.
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) offers merit-based scholarships to spend an academic year in Germany.  The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  For more information and application deadlines, visit the organization in charge of recruitment for your state at
For more information on exchanges sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit or watchthis video about U.S. high school student exchanges.   To receive printed brochures and/or posters about our study abroad opportunities, send an email with your request
For information on having an international experience without leaving home, consider hosting a Department of State- sponsored exchange student.  Learn more at
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