• 16 2017 August

    NSLI-Y Alumnae 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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  • 03 2017 August

    The Rewards of Leaving Your Comfort Zone: Lauren in China

    Starting a new chapter of my life at American University has made me reminiscent about my NSLI-Y experience in Zhuhai, China. Learning how to navigate a new city has reminded me of trying to blend in on the streets of

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    Lauren pictured with her host family at the airport

    Starting a new chapter of my life at American University has made me reminiscent about my NSLI-Y experience in Zhuhai, China. Learning how to navigate a new city has reminded me of trying to blend in on the streets of

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  • 01 2017 August

    NSLI-Y Arabic Students Present at 2017 iEARN Youth Summit

    NSLI-Y students currently studying in Rabat, Morocco traveled to Marrakech to join the 2017 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit from July 16 to 18. On July 16, the group visited and volunteered at the Amal Women’s Training Center and Moroccan

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    Group picture of NSLI-Y students and Youth Summit participants

    NSLI-Y students currently studying in Rabat, Morocco traveled to Marrakech to join the 2017 iEARN International Conference and Youth Summit from July 16 to 18. On July 16, the group visited and volunteered at the Amal Women’s Training Center and Moroccan

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  • 31 2017 July

    A Dandelion in Marrakech

    In military communities, there is a saying that military brats (children of service men and women) are like dandelions—they can grow anywhere. I reminded myself of this as I packed eight months’ worth of modest, desert-appropriate apparel into two large

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    Madeleine standing with peers in traditional outfits

    In military communities, there is a saying that military brats (children of service men and women) are like dandelions—they can grow anywhere. I reminded myself of this as I packed eight months’ worth of modest, desert-appropriate apparel into two large

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  • 26 2017 July

    From NSLI-Y to Pickering Fellowship: The Importance of Cultural Exchange and Public Service

    After being raised in a small town in Maryland, Shobhit Kumar had the opportunity to attend an international high school in New Mexico called United World College (UWC), where the majority of the students are international. While there, he was

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    Shobhit at American Councils with Alumni Representatives

    After being raised in a small town in Maryland, Shobhit Kumar had the opportunity to attend an international high school in New Mexico called United World College (UWC), where the majority of the students are international. While there, he was

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  • 11 2017 July

    Celebrating Eid in Rabat, Morocco

    During Eid, I spent the majority of the day with my host family visiting relatives. In the morning, I woke up to a leisure breakfast filled with round pancake-like bread foods everyone would spread Laughing Cow cheese, honey or a

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    Eid lunch

    During Eid, I spent the majority of the day with my host family visiting relatives. In the morning, I woke up to a leisure breakfast filled with round pancake-like bread foods everyone would spread Laughing Cow cheese, honey or a

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Arabic

Bringing Down Barriers: Nicholas in Morocco

Nicholas Wade’s future changed unexpectedly when he met a Foreign Service Officer at a career fair during his freshman year of high school. She described to him the life and work of a Foreign Service Officer; he immediately became interested in the

August 14, 2017
Group picture of NSLI-Y students and Youth Summit participants

Chinese (Mandarin)

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"

NSLI-Y Alumnae 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 was learning

August 16, 2017
Julius, surrounded by two people, smiling proudly with Certificate that reads "First Place" in the 2013 Chinese Speech Contest
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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
Group picture of students in Tajikistan
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Russian

Picture of Q&A with all students on webcams

Russian Language Learning Strategies – February 22nd, 2017

On February 22nd, 2017, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Russian Language Learning Strategies.” Five current NSLI-Y Moldova students gave presentations in Russian to two Russian language classrooms in the U.S. (Baltimore, Maryland and Anchorage, Alaska). The NSLI-Y students shared about their lives in Moldova and

March 31, 2017

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 alumna, Elise, was chosen as the alumni of the month by ECA for January 2017.

Creating a More Global World: Elise Harwell

NSLI-Y alumna, Elise Harwell, was recently selected as the International Exchange Alumni of the Month for January 2017. Elise participated in the 2015 Arabic summer program in Rabat, Morocco. Inspired by her NSLI-Y experience, Elise founded and serves as the president of

February 9, 2017
Group picture of 2017 alumni representatives
NSLI-Y 10th Anniversary Logo

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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