I read a few years ago that Hindi is offered as a foreign language in a few public high schools in the U.S. Which technically means that federal or state funds are used to teach it. Nice. How Hindi is Catching on in U.S. Schools and Colleges From 2015: A few years ago, Edison, a New York suburb with a bustling Indian population of doctors, engineers and techies became one of the first school districts in the U.S. to use federal money to teach Hindi. Besides Edison, nationwide, two other districts Dallas and Houston offer Hindi as a foreign language. Not sure how this will sit with OP : ) but I don't think Tamil is offered yet in any high school in the U.S. I could be wrong or out of touch with the latest in this matter. I do know that our local Tamil teaching program is staffed by some of the most passionate and extremely well-organized volunteers I have ever come across. Generally, such groups of people approach the school district and make a case for their language being offered by the school. One lucky volunteer can end up with a relaxing language teacher job (with pension). : ) As an aside, my child once told me that native speakers of a language are sometimes not allowed to take their mother-tongue as foreign language in high school. The school does this to ensure that those students do not have an unfair advantage in class.