• 29 2016 August

    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

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    Jaylen, in school uniform, being interviewed by local Korean press.
  • 26 2016 August

    A Snapshot of a Day in Indian High School

    Two weeks into her program, NSLI-Y Hindi summer participant, Lucy, reflected on a day at her host school. During the summer Lucy attended Emerald Heights International School in Indore, India. Find Lucy’s reflection below: About half of the NSLI-Y summer

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    AFS IND Emeralds Class

    Two weeks into her program, NSLI-Y Hindi summer participant, Lucy, reflected on a day at her host school. During the summer Lucy attended Emerald Heights International School in Indore, India. Find Lucy’s reflection below: About half of the NSLI-Y summer

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  • 25 2016 August

    Becoming Part of a Community: NSLI-Y Student, Nick, in Moldova

    After studying Russian for several years in high school, Nick wanted to take his proficiency to the next level. NSLI-Y seemed like the perfect opportunity, and he applied for and was accepted to the Summer 2014 program in Russia. His

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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.

    After studying Russian for several years in high school, Nick wanted to take his proficiency to the next level. NSLI-Y seemed like the perfect opportunity, and he applied for and was accepted to the Summer 2014 program in Russia. His

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  • 16 2016 August

    NSLI-Y Nanjing Students Meet U.S. Secretary of Education

    On Tuesday August 9, 2016, NSLI-Y students in Nanjing travelled via train to Shanghai for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., and other Department of Education officials. The meeting was held at the U.S. Consulate

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    On Tuesday August 9, 2016, NSLI-Y students in Nanjing travelled via train to Shanghai for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., and other Department of Education officials. The meeting was held at the U.S. Consulate

    read more →
  • 10 2016 August

    Pen Pals in China and the U.S.

    My trip with NSLI-Y to Zhuhai, China was a life-changing experience. Never before had I been exposed to so much new culture, language, food, so many new people and new perspectives. My host family helped me understand Chinese culture more

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    My trip with NSLI-Y to Zhuhai, China was a life-changing experience. Never before had I been exposed to so much new culture, language, food, so many new people and new perspectives. My host family helped me understand Chinese culture more

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  • 09 2016 August

    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

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    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

    read more →
  • 03 2016 August

    Korea Students Participate in Hanmi Youth Culture Exchange Camp

    On Saturday, July 23rd, NSLI-Y students and 50 Korean high school students came together for a Youth Culture Exchange Day Camp. The event kicked off with various ice breaker activities so that the students could get to know each other

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    On Saturday, July 23rd, NSLI-Y students and 50 Korean high school students came together for a Youth Culture Exchange Day Camp. The event kicked off with various ice breaker activities so that the students could get to know each other

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  • 29 2016 July

    A Dream Come True: Deja in Taiwan

    Participating in NSLI-Y fulfilled one of Deja’s childhood dreams. Her path began when she was in elementary school. “When I was in the second grade, my school had a fair called the Passport Project. Every class had to pick a

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    Participating in NSLI-Y fulfilled one of Deja’s childhood dreams. Her path began when she was in elementary school. “When I was in the second grade, my school had a fair called the Passport Project. Every class had to pick a

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  • 26 2016 July

    Abby’s Academic Year in Beijing

    Abby first discovered her love of Chinese in middle school through a Chinese-American classmate. As the two became close friends, Abby began to hear and observe the language and culture. “I was immediately fascinated with how different it was from

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    Abby first discovered her love of Chinese in middle school through a Chinese-American classmate. As the two became close friends, Abby began to hear and observe the language and culture. “I was immediately fascinated with how different it was from

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  • 14 2016 July

    Three Things Morocco Has Taught Me (Besides Arabic)

      It’s almost been a year since I left for Morocco with NSLI-Y. In that timespan I’ve been able to evaluate my experiences and recontextualize them into a broader picture. In that very same timespan I’ve also successfully pushed off

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      It’s almost been a year since I left for Morocco with NSLI-Y. In that timespan I’ve been able to evaluate my experiences and recontextualize them into a broader picture. In that very same timespan I’ve also successfully pushed off

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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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NSLI-Y Nanjing Students Meet U.S. Secretary of Education

On Tuesday August 9, 2016, NSLI-Y students in Nanjing travelled via train to Shanghai for a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Education, John B. King, Jr., and other Department of Education officials. The meeting was held at the U.S. Consulate in the

August 16, 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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Using My NSLI-Y Experience to Raise Awareness of Global Women’s Issues

By Nilaya, NSLI-Y Persian, Tajikistan Summer 2014 My travel experiences in Tajikistan two summers ago with NSLI-Y inspired me to apply my knowledge of Persian-speaking territories to explore my interest of women’s rights. Last year, I decided to conduct an independent study

July 8, 2016
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Russian

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.

Becoming Part of a Community: NSLI-Y Student, Nick, in Moldova

After studying Russian for several years in high school, Nick wanted to take his proficiency to the next level. NSLI-Y seemed like the perfect opportunity, and he applied for and was accepted to the Summer 2014 program in Russia. His experience during

August 25, 2016
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Turkish

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My NSLI-Y Summer in Turkey in One Minute

Watch a video compilation by Hank (NSLI-Y Turkey, Summer 2015) to catch a glimpse into his experience in Turkey! While I was in Turkey, I took one-second video clips of interesting experiences I had, and then I picked my favorite at the

January 13, 2016
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Hindi

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A Snapshot of a Day in Indian High School

Two weeks into her program, NSLI-Y Hindi summer participant, Lucy, reflected on a day at her host school. During the summer Lucy attended Emerald Heights International School in Indore, India. Find Lucy’s reflection below: About half of the NSLI-Y summer students…are attending

August 26, 2016
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.
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Global

Jaylen, in school uniform, being interviewed by local Korean press.

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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