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 as a Heritage Learner

Sarah Kim, a 2023 Korean Summer Alum, shares her story of participating in NSLI-Y as a heritage learner.

Alumni Spotlight: Bayly Winder

Bayly Winder, an alumnus of the 2008 Arabic summer program in Jordan, reflects on how NSLI-Y prepared him for a career in public service.

Alumni Spotlight: Dylan Rothenberg

Dylan Rothenberg, an alumnus of the 2010 NSLI-Y Chinese semester program, returned to his host country for graduate school and started a tea company in China.

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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