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: ...

From Tears to Turmeric: My NSLI-Y VSI Journey

Tania is from New York, NY and an alumna of the Arabic 2020 Virtual Summer Intensive program. With my fingers stained orange with turmeric, I lifted my computer and pointed the screen to a pot of boiling carrots, sweet potatoes and tofu. “Does this look okay, Ustatha Raja, should I add more water?” I asked.

NSLI-Y Interactive Virtual Event — Personal Projects on the NSLI-Y Korean Program

Join NSLI-Y Interactive for the virtual event "Personal Projects on the NSLI-Y Korean Program."

NSLI-Y Alumni Profile: Andy Nguyen, NSLI-Y Chinese Summer 2015 (Hangzhou, China)

Andy's participation in the 2015 NSLI-Y Chinese Summer program transformed his life.

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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