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. In honor of our 15th Anniversary, we are calling on our alumni to participate in a storytelling competition! Share your story about how the NSLI-Y program impacted you and you could win NSLI-Y merchandise or participate in a storytelling workshop!

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: ...

NSLI-Y Russian Summer With A Twist

Abby Herring is from Athens, Georgia and is an alumna of the Russian Summer 2020 and 2021 VSI programs.

Music in Morocco: Earth, Wind, & Fire (and Language Learning through Music)

Katie is from Tallahassee, FL, and is an alumna of the Arabic Summer 2019 program in Rabat and the virtual Arabic Academic Year 2020-2021 program.

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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