On Tuesday, September 29, 2020, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event Beyond The Classroom: Learning Languages Abroad. In this free virtual event, a panel of alumni and current students shared ideas on how to leverage immersive experiences while in their host countries in order to improve language skills. Panelists highlighted experiences that show how they were able to successfully learn and use their target language outside the classroom. The event included presentations from each of the guest speakers, followed by a Q&A session.

Watch the recording of the event above!

Meet the speakers:

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Tristin, Indonesian

Tristin is a freshman political science major at the University of Louisville, and an alum of NSLI-Y’s 2019 Indonesian summer program. He plans on continuing his language studies through college study abroad programs, and hopes to one day work as a Foreign Service Officer.

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Tejas, Turkish

Tejas is a high school senior in Richmond, Virginia and an alum of NSLI-Y’s 2018 Turkish summer program. In his free time, he loves to watch TV, volunteer for political campaigns, and learn languages!

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Amanda, Korean

Amanda is an alum of NSLI-Y’s 2019 Korean summer program and a current NSLI-Y 2020-2021 Korean academic year student. She recently graduated from high school and will attend college next year. Though she is not set on a profession, she hopes to use her desire to help others and her language skills in a future job.


Shreya, Korean

Shreya is the 2019-2020 Dallas NSLI-Y Alumni Representative and an alum of NSLI-Y’s 2018 Korean summer program. Following her NSLI-Y experience, she became a passionate advocate of study abroad programs and cross-cultural exchange. In her free time, she likes to study languages and has most recently taken up Mandarin Chinese.