NSLI-Y Interactive showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program. 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.

I Am Become Death: An Essay on Sanskrit Literature

Caine is from Noblesville, IN and an alumnus of the Hindi 2020 Virtual Summer Intensive program. Over the past five weeks, I have been learning Hindi with the ...

A Virtual Bridge Between Cultures

Zoey is from Rochester, MN and an alumna of the Indonesian 2020 Virtual Summer Intensive program. The NSLI-Y Virtual Summer Intensive speaks true to its name: ...

A Mutual Understanding Between Language Learners

Sabine is from Austin, TX and an alumna of the Arabic 2020 Virtual Summer Intensive program. Before beginning Arabic with NSLIY, I started volunteering as an English tutor for Raneem, a Palestinian refugee living in Jordan. I was excited to meet someone in Jordan...

From Student to Teacher: Joanna’s NSLI-Y Journey Comes Full Circle

Joanna is from North Carolina and an alumna of the 2009 Korean Academic Year program in Seoul, South Korea. She also served as a Korean Instructor for the 2020 Korean Virtual Summer Intensive Program...

NSLI-Y VSI 2020 Reflection

Madeleine is from Kunkletown, PA and an alumna of the Chinese 2020 Virtual Summer Intensive program. The NSLI-Y virtual summer program experience is an experience I will never forget. Not only did I increase my knowledge of the Chinese language...

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) Program

The U.S. Department of State’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) provides critical language study overseas for U.S. high school students through full, merit-based scholarships to participate in intensive immersion summer and academic year programs. NSLI-Y equips participants with the linguistic skills and cultural knowledge to be leaders in a globalized world.

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