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.

Learning Hindi with Virtual NSLI-Y

Maya, a Winter 2024 Virtual NSLI-Y Hindi student, plans to use her language learning to connect with and serve her family's ancestral community in India.

Finding Community Connections through Virtual NSLI-Y

Juan Mateo is studying Mandarin Chinese through Virtual NSLI-Y. He is using his newly acquired language skills to deepen connections in his home community in New York City.

NSLI-Y Honors Black History Month: Constanza Biney

Constanza Biney, an alumnus of the Summer 2023 NSLI-Y Arabic program, used her NSLI-Y experience to connect with her Ghanaian culture and prepare for a future as a travel doctor.

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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