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.

NSLI-Y Celebrates Pride: Will Yu

Will Yu, 2022 Korean Summer alum, is involved in advocacy for LGBTQ+ issues and encourages other LGBTQ+ students to participate in the NSLI-Y program.

Alumni Spotlight: Davin Khan

Davin Khan, an alumnus of the 2023 Summer NSLI-Y Tajiki program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, chose to participate in NSLI-Y to step outside his comfort zone.

Alumni Spotlight: Kate Jasenski

Kate Jasenski, an alum of the 2016 Summer and 2017-18 Academic Year Chinese programs in Xi’an and Kaohsiung, was named as a 2024 Rangel Fellowship recipient.

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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