• 20 2017 September

    Coming Back, One Family: A Reflection of Six Weeks in Nanjing

    Justin is from Salem, Oregon and participated in the 2017 China summer program. Weary-eyed, all twenty-one of us dragged our luggage down to the lobby of the academic building, taking our last looks around the school we had called our

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    Justin pictured with friends in a scenic mountainous picture.

    Justin is from Salem, Oregon and participated in the 2017 China summer program. Weary-eyed, all twenty-one of us dragged our luggage down to the lobby of the academic building, taking our last looks around the school we had called our

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  • 18 2017 September

    2018-2019 Application Season Announcement

    The U.S State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) merit-based scholarship programs for high school students to study a foreign language abroad for a summer or academic year begin in Summer 2018 for Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia,

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    The U.S State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) merit-based scholarship programs for high school students to study a foreign language abroad for a summer or academic year begin in Summer 2018 for Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia,

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  • 18 2017 September

    Life After NSLI-Y: Alumni Virtual Event – September 30, 2017 10:00 AM (EST)

    NSLI-Y Interactive is excited to present the first Virtual Event of the 2017-2018 Academic Year featuring NSLI-Y alumni! Come join the event to hear how NSLI-Y has impacted the lives of these alumni and what they are up to now.

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    Life After NSLI-Y

    NSLI-Y Interactive is excited to present the first Virtual Event of the 2017-2018 Academic Year featuring NSLI-Y alumni! Come join the event to hear how NSLI-Y has impacted the lives of these alumni and what they are up to now.

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  • 11 2017 September

    Последний день с моей принимающей семьей – My Last Day with My Host Family

    Lorae is from Cincinnati, Ohio and participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. Днём, мы с моей принимающей сестрой гуляли по Москве. Она мне показала её любимые места что она тоже думала было бы интересно для меня. Мне понравилась Музей

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    Picture of a fountain and golden statues in Moscow.

    Lorae is from Cincinnati, Ohio and participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. Днём, мы с моей принимающей сестрой гуляли по Москве. Она мне показала её любимые места что она тоже думала было бы интересно для меня. Мне понравилась Музей

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  • 23 2017 August

    It’s the Little Things that Really Matter

    By Shraddha from Texas, NSLI-Y 2017 Jordan Summer I was packing my bag for school when I heard a knock on my door and a shy voice calling out my name. As I stepped out, I saw Osama, my little

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    By Shraddha from Texas, NSLI-Y 2017 Jordan Summer I was packing my bag for school when I heard a knock on my door and a shy voice calling out my name. As I stepped out, I saw Osama, my little

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  • 16 2017 August

    NSLI-Y Alumna Becomes Schwarzman Scholar: Annabeth in China

    Annabeth Gellman began studying Chinese in tenth grade and learned of NSLI-Y through her Chinese teacher. In the summer of 2009, just after graduating, she participated in the NSLI-Y Chinese program in Shanghai. Upon arriving in China, one major challenge

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    Annabeth Gellman began studying Chinese in tenth grade and learned of NSLI-Y through her Chinese teacher. In the summer of 2009, just after graduating, she participated in the NSLI-Y Chinese program in Shanghai. Upon arriving in China, one major challenge

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  • 16 2017 August

    How NSLI-Y Led to International Law: Julius in China

    Julius Mitchell says he began studying Chinese by accident. He had studied Spanish in his middle school in Chicago and had hoped to continue it in high school. When registering for language classes at his math, science and world language

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    Julius Mitchell says he began studying Chinese by accident. He had studied Spanish in his middle school in Chicago and had hoped to continue it in high school. When registering for language classes at his math, science and world language

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Arabic

It’s the Little Things that Really Matter

By Shraddha from Texas, NSLI-Y 2017 Jordan Summer I was packing my bag for school when I heard a knock on my door and a shy voice calling out my name. As I stepped out, I saw Osama, my little host brother

August 23, 2017

Chinese (Mandarin)

Justin pictured with friends in a scenic mountainous picture.

Coming Back, One Family: A Reflection of Six Weeks in Nanjing

Justin is from Salem, Oregon and participated in the 2017 China summer program. Weary-eyed, all twenty-one of us dragged our luggage down to the lobby of the academic building, taking our last looks around the school we had called our own for

September 20, 2017
Annabeth is in a blue and black graduation cap and gown, standing in front of a banner that reads "Schwarzman Scholars, Tsinghua University Commencement 2017"
Julius, surrounded by two people, smiling proudly with Certificate that reads "First Place" in the 2013 Chinese Speech Contest

Korean

"This picture includes a few of the many NSLI-Yians who I became very close to. We were wearing the Korean traditional clothing called hanbok/한복 at the National Museum of Korea."

From Basic Greetings to a Human Connection

Excerpts from an interview with alumna Bilqees, NSLI-Y South Korea, Summer 2015 Bilqees sought out opportunities to study Korean even before she knew about NSLI-Y. Early in high school, she started learning it online “on a whim” and later enrolled in weekly

August 14, 2017
Alex, Claire and Emily at the Swedish Film Festival
Group picture of students volunteering in Korea

Persian (Tajiki)

Mayesha in her family's home in Tajikistan

Sharing Cultures: Mayesha in Tajikistan

Mayesha Awal’s favorite subject has always been science. After an internship in a biochemistry lab the summer before her senior year, she became particularly interested in biochemistry. Her goal is to one day work in a laboratory and attend medical school. Along

November 15, 2016
Thumbnail for NSLi-Y Tajikistan Virtual Event.
Nilaya

Russian

Picture of a fountain and golden statues in Moscow.

Последний день с моей принимающей семьей – My Last Day with My Host Family

Lorae is from Cincinnati, Ohio and participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. Днём, мы с моей принимающей сестрой гуляли по Москве. Она мне показала её любимые места что она тоже думала было бы интересно для меня. Мне понравилась Музей Москва-Сити в

September 11, 2017
Thumbnail for NSLI-Y Russia Virtual Event.

Turkish

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Why NSLI-Y Matters: My Distinctive Experience

Watch Noah’s video montage of the sights seen during the NSLI-Y Turkey mid-year orientation in Antalya, a popular destination for sightseeing and the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast. Below, he writes about how his experiences in Turkey have changed him and

August 14, 2017
Gianna with her host sister and fellow NSLI-Y participant, Lars.
Turkey Summer Minute

Hindi

Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet

NSLI-Y India Alumna Dines with Former Secretary of State Dr. Condoleezza Rice

On April 3, 2014, NSLI-Y India, Academic Year 2012-13 Alumna Maddie attended the Coca-Cola Scholars Banquet, which honored 150 nationally recognized recipients selected as “exceptional people [with a] thirst for knowledge and desire to make a difference in the world,” according to

August 14, 2017
Jordan pictured with his host family
Group picture of NSLI-Y students in India

Global

NSLI-y 2017-2018

2018-2019 Application Season Announcement

The U.S State Department’s National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) merit-based scholarship programs for high school students to study a foreign language abroad for a summer or academic year begin in Summer 2018 for Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Bahasa Indonesia, Korean, Persian

September 18, 2017
Life After NSLI-Y
NSLI-Y alumna, Elise, was chosen as the alumni of the month by ECA for January 2017.

About NSLI-Y Interactive

NSLI-Y Interactive showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. 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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