Aids study abroad in under-represented countries that critical to U.S. national interests. Emphasized world areas include: Africa, Asia, Central, and Eastern Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean, and the Middle East. NSEP recipients are required to seek employment with a federal agency or office involved in national security affairs.
There are Flagship Language Initiatives for those particularly interested in learning Hindi, Urdu, or Indonesian, and for those interested in studying French, Portuguese, Swahili, or other indigenous languages in Africa.
STEM majors and those who participate in ROTC are also given special preference and highly encouraged to apply.