• 23 2016 September

    A Day in the Life in Tajikistan Virtual Event – Sept. 26 @ 7 pm (EST)

    You are invited to join “A Day in the Life in Tajikistan,” a Virtual Event presented by NSLI-Y Interactive. This Virtual Event will take place on September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. (EST). Four NSLI-Y alumni will reflect on their experiences

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  • 22 2016 September

    Celebrating American Independence Day in Estonia

    On July 7, NSLI-Y students joined U.S. Embassy personnel, Narva College and Tartu University staff, host families, and students from the University of Pittsburgh, to celebrate U.S. Independence Day in the Northern Yard inside Narva Castle. Despite the cold rain,

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    On July 7, NSLI-Y students joined U.S. Embassy personnel, Narva College and Tartu University staff, host families, and students from the University of Pittsburgh, to celebrate U.S. Independence Day in the Northern Yard inside Narva Castle. Despite the cold rain,

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  • 21 2016 September

    An Unforgettable Day in India

    August 15th is India’s Independence Day. I was lucky enough to get the chance to spend it as one of my last days in India at school. No regular classes were scheduled, only a program and a DJ dance party

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    August 15th is India’s Independence Day. I was lucky enough to get the chance to spend it as one of my last days in India at school. No regular classes were scheduled, only a program and a DJ dance party

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  • 20 2016 September

    Rewarding Challenges: Natalie in China

    Natalie Johnson was raised in Milwaukee. As a child, she developed an interest in East Asia through her passion for anime. During her junior year of high school, she took a Global History class that covered modern Chinese history, which

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    Natalie Johnson was raised in Milwaukee. As a child, she developed an interest in East Asia through her passion for anime. During her junior year of high school, she took a Global History class that covered modern Chinese history, which

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  • 14 2016 September

    Russia Beyond the Stereotypes

    With so much media coverage of the current political situation, it is no wonder that many Americans view Russia in a negative light. Movie portrayals, news segments, and cultural stereotypes all contribute to a conception of Russia that often does

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    With so much media coverage of the current political situation, it is no wonder that many Americans view Russia in a negative light. Movie portrayals, news segments, and cultural stereotypes all contribute to a conception of Russia that often does

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Arabic

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The NSLI-Y Journey Doesn’t End Here

Pre-Departure Orientations are a blur. Months of excitement and anticipation has built up, leading to a breakneck few days where you’re introduced to new people, new rules, and a new country. After the countless emails, web searches, and handouts, it is the

August 9, 2016
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Chinese (Mandarin)

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Rewarding Challenges: Natalie in China

Natalie Johnson was raised in Milwaukee. As a child, she developed an interest in East Asia through her passion for anime. During her junior year of high school, she took a Global History class that covered modern Chinese history, which sparked a

September 20, 2016
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Korean

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After Studying About the DMZ in High School, NSLI-Y Korea Student Experiences it in Person

My trip to the DMZ was an experience I will never forget. Two years ago near the end of my world history term, my teacher had assigned a project on conflicts among countries during the Cold War era. Having studied Korean for

August 17, 2016
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Persian (Tajiki)

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A Day in the Life in Tajikistan Virtual Event – Sept. 26 @ 7 pm (EST)

You are invited to join “A Day in the Life in Tajikistan,” a Virtual Event presented by NSLI-Y Interactive. This Virtual Event will take place on September 26, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. (EST). Four NSLI-Y alumni will reflect on their experiences as Persian

September 23, 2016
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2016 Happy Earth Day
April 22, 2016

Russian

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Celebrating American Independence Day in Estonia

On July 7, NSLI-Y students joined U.S. Embassy personnel, Narva College and Tartu University staff, host families, and students from the University of Pittsburgh, to celebrate U.S. Independence Day in the Northern Yard inside Narva Castle. Despite the cold rain, everyone had

September 22, 2016
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Nick with hist host family at the end of the year NSLIY picnic where all the students, teachers, families and program staff came together one last time before they left Moldova.

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Gianna with her host sister and fellow NSLI-Y participant, Lars.

Making Friends in a New Language: Gianna in Turkey

Gianna Brassil was raised in San Francisco, California in a multicultural family. Her mother is of Nicaraguan and Peruvian descent and her father is Australian. This diverse heritage and her family’s love of international travel sparked her interest in cultures and languages

September 7, 2016
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An Unforgettable Day in India

August 15th is India’s Independence Day. I was lucky enough to get the chance to spend it as one of my last days in India at school. No regular classes were scheduled, only a program and a DJ dance party afterwards. I

September 21, 2016
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This photograph, submitted by Joelle Bohringer, won the $500 grand prize in the Nicholas Sparks Foundation’s 2015 Student Travel Photography Competition. Joelle is a student at Boscobel High School in Boscobel, Wisconsin. At the time she took this photograph, she was living and studying in Pune, India, as part of an exchange program run by the National Security Language Initiative for Youth.

Global

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NSLI-Y Alumni Highlights

Following a year abroad under the NSLI-Y scholarship, many students incorporate their target language or passion in a host culture into future studies and opportunities. Here are highlights from three NSLI-Y alumni who are using their skills learned abroad to pursue fellowships, jobs,

August 29, 2016
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2016 Happy Earth Day
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About NSLI-Y Interactive

NSLI-Y Interactive showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The multimedia stories on this site share the experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program with youth, educators, and language learners in the U.S. for further cultural exchange and language learning.

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