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An international education is primordial in a global economy as it builds bridges to other peoples, their respective languages, cultures, and countries. It also opens doors to their custom and traditions, and emphasizes that we have more commonalities than differences. As the mapping of the human genome has proven, we are 95% of the time the same but concentrate 95% of the time on the 5% we differ one from another.

An international education emphasizes the ever growing global interconnectedness. It prepares students to function readily as part of the global workforce that is needed in the 21st century.

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The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U.S. high-school-aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages: Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish. The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.  

American Youth Leadership Program
The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for more information.