• 19 2017 October

    Patrick Deem: Entering the Global Market through the Arabic Language

    In 2009, Patrick Deem spent an academic year in Egypt on the NSLI-Y program. His interest in the Middle East grew from a combination of factors. Patrick’s grandfather was Egyptian, but he never had the chance to meet him as

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    In 2009, Patrick Deem spent an academic year in Egypt on the NSLI-Y program. His interest in the Middle East grew from a combination of factors. Patrick’s grandfather was Egyptian, but he never had the chance to meet him as

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  • 18 2017 October

    Building a Support Community Abroad: Morgan in Moldova

    Morgan Batiste-Simms, of Missouri, TX, attends a Global Studies Academy at William P. Clements High School. When a speaker presented on NSLI-Y at her school, Morgan was instantly excited. She applied with Russian as her first preference because she had

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    Morgan pictured with her friend surrounded by foliage in a greenhouse.

    Morgan Batiste-Simms, of Missouri, TX, attends a Global Studies Academy at William P. Clements High School. When a speaker presented on NSLI-Y at her school, Morgan was instantly excited. She applied with Russian as her first preference because she had

    read more →
  • 17 2017 October

    Learning Korean – October 17, 2017 8:30 AM (EST)

    On October 17, three current students from the 2017-2018 NSLI-Y Academic Year program in Seoul, South Korea connected with two Korean language classrooms in Virginia to talk about Korean language learning strategies. The NSLI-Y students gave presentations to the students

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    Opening slide of virtual event presentation

    On October 17, three current students from the 2017-2018 NSLI-Y Academic Year program in Seoul, South Korea connected with two Korean language classrooms in Virginia to talk about Korean language learning strategies. The NSLI-Y students gave presentations to the students

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  • 13 2017 October

    Summer Highlights: Increasing Mutual Understanding Through Local Friendships, Part 1

    As an immersive language program, NSLI-Y helps American youth become part of local communities abroad. As a result, long-lasting friendships are made. These friendships between peers from around the world increase mutual understanding and prepare this next generation of global citizens

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    Picture of NSLI-Y students interacting with local Chinese peers

    As an immersive language program, NSLI-Y helps American youth become part of local communities abroad. As a result, long-lasting friendships are made. These friendships between peers from around the world increase mutual understanding and prepare this next generation of global citizens

    read more →
  • 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,

    read more →

Arabic

Patrick Deem: Entering the Global Market through the Arabic Language

In 2009, Patrick Deem spent an academic year in Egypt on the NSLI-Y program. His interest in the Middle East grew from a combination of factors. Patrick’s grandfather was Egyptian, but he never had the chance to meet him as his mother

October 19, 2017
Picture of a tram car in Morocco

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

Opening slide of virtual event presentation

Learning Korean – October 17, 2017 8:30 AM (EST)

On October 17, three current students from the 2017-2018 NSLI-Y Academic Year program in Seoul, South Korea connected with two Korean language classrooms in Virginia to talk about Korean language learning strategies. The NSLI-Y students gave presentations to the students in the

October 17, 2017
"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."
Alex, Claire and Emily at the Swedish Film Festival

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

Morgan pictured with her friend surrounded by foliage in a greenhouse.

Building a Support Community Abroad: Morgan in Moldova

Morgan Batiste-Simms, of Missouri, TX, attends a Global Studies Academy at William P. Clements High School. When a speaker presented on NSLI-Y at her school, Morgan was instantly excited. She applied with Russian as her first preference because she had always been

October 18, 2017
Picture of a fountain and golden statues in Moscow.
Thumbnail for NSLI-Y Russia Virtual Event.

Turkish

Stephanie, standing in the foreground, with a vast cityscape sprawling out behind her on a sunlit day.

A Little Taste of Ramadan: Stephanie in Turkey

Stephanie is a 2014 Turkey summer program alum recollecting her experience abroad. I think I heard the famous Turkish drummers this morning! I woke up at 3am, and I remember hearing drums. I told myself to get out of bed and to grab

September 27, 2017
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Gianna with her host sister and fellow NSLI-Y participant, Lars.

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

Picture of NSLI-Y students interacting with local Chinese peers

Summer Highlights: Increasing Mutual Understanding Through Local Friendships, Part 1

As an immersive language program, NSLI-Y helps American youth become part of local communities abroad. As a result, long-lasting friendships are made. These friendships between peers from around the world increase mutual understanding and prepare this next generation of global citizens to be

October 13, 2017
A title picture of the video featured in this story.
Picture of NSLI-Y students volunteering at local Chinese school

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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