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.

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Ganges River Cultural Excursion

The NSLI-Y Alumni Travel Program (ATP) provided students who were unable to travel due to COVID-19 an opportunity to take part in a shorter exchange and practice the language they learned through their virtual experience. For ATP students in India, an early morning visit to the Ganges River was the highlight.


Samuel, a 2023 Korean Summer NSLI-Y alum, reflects on his childhood memories and how his NSLI-Y experience provided an opportunity to find a home away from home.

Alumni Spotlight: How NSLI-Y led Aidan to a Career in Arabic Instruction

Aidan had always been drawn to languages, but his NSLI-Y experience inspired him to become an Arabic teacher. Aidan shares details on his career and how he has become an Assistant Instructional Professor at the University of Chicago.

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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