• 16 2018 May

    Returning to Korea: One Year later

    Alex is from Louisville, CO and participated in the 2014 Korea summer and 2016-2017 Korea academic year programs. 334 days, 11 hours, and 25 minutes after my initial departure, I find myself back in Seoul, South Korea; the city that

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    Alex with his host brother.

    Alex is from Louisville, CO and participated in the 2014 Korea summer and 2016-2017 Korea academic year programs. 334 days, 11 hours, and 25 minutes after my initial departure, I find myself back in Seoul, South Korea; the city that

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  • 25 2018 April

    NSLI-Y Chinese Classroom Connections – April 20, 2018 9:15 AM (EST)

    On April 20th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Chinese Classroom Connections.” Five current NSLI-Y Academic Year students in Taiwan gave presentations to two Chinese language classrooms in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students shared about the NSLI-Y program, host families, learning Chinese,

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    Title slide of presentation

    On April 20th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Chinese Classroom Connections.” Five current NSLI-Y Academic Year students in Taiwan gave presentations to two Chinese language classrooms in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students shared about the NSLI-Y program, host families, learning Chinese,

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  • 25 2018 April

    NSLI-Y Student Greta is the American Abroad Student of the Month: March 2018

    Every month the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selects an outstanding exchange participant as the American Abroad Student of the Month. NSLI-Y is proud to highlight the accomplishments of Greta, who was selected as the American

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    Greta with her Taiwanese friends!

    Every month the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selects an outstanding exchange participant as the American Abroad Student of the Month. NSLI-Y is proud to highlight the accomplishments of Greta, who was selected as the American

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  • 26 2018 March

    Altering Misconceptions

    Kathryn participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. Russia has fascinated me ever since I was a young child. I remember coming home from my first day of second grade and being extremely eager to tell my parents about how

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    Kathryn and her group posing in TASS.

    Kathryn participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. Russia has fascinated me ever since I was a young child. I remember coming home from my first day of second grade and being extremely eager to tell my parents about how

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  • 22 2018 March

    Parent Testimonials – Part 2

    In part two of the NSLI-Y Parent Testimonials, we are excited to provide some additional testimonials from parents of recent NSLI-Y alumni. In their testimonials, parents discussed challenges that their child overcame while on NSLI-Y, how their concerns about the

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    In part two of the NSLI-Y Parent Testimonials, we are excited to provide some additional testimonials from parents of recent NSLI-Y alumni. In their testimonials, parents discussed challenges that their child overcame while on NSLI-Y, how their concerns about the

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Arabic

CJ smiling with a friend.

Alumni Spotlight: C.J. Aragon

C.J. is from Albuquerque, NM and participated in the Arabic programs in Egypt and Morocco. There is a saying in the NSLI-Y community that, “you are just one C.J. away from knowing everyone.” Meaning, Carlo James Aragon (better known as C.J.) knows

May 1, 2018
A beautiful sky at the beach.
Let's Talk About Food!

Chinese (Mandarin)

Title slide of presentation

NSLI-Y Chinese Classroom Connections – April 20, 2018 9:15 AM (EST)

On April 20th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Chinese Classroom Connections.” Five current NSLI-Y Academic Year students in Taiwan gave presentations to two Chinese language classrooms in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students shared about the NSLI-Y program, host families, learning Chinese, and finding

April 25, 2018
Greta with her Taiwanese friends!
Alisa posing in a busy Chinese street.

Korean

Alex with his host brother.

Returning to Korea: One Year later

Alex is from Louisville, CO and participated in the 2014 Korea summer and 2016-2017 Korea academic year programs. 334 days, 11 hours, and 25 minutes after my initial departure, I find myself back in Seoul, South Korea; the city that was my

May 16, 2018
NSLI-Y Korea student Tobi and a soccer team.
Outside of Mok Hyang.

Persian (Tajiki)

Mira at a marketplace.

Бисёр Тарбуз ва Чой: A Day in My Tajik Summer

Mira is from Norman, Oklahoma and participated in the 2017 Tajikistan summer program. When I found out I had made it into the NSLI-Y Tajikistan program, I was in the middle of reading a line during a rehearsal for a play. The

November 21, 2017
Mayesha in her family's home in Tajikistan
Thumbnail for NSLi-Y Tajikistan Virtual Event.

Russian

Anjali pictured cooking with her host family.

Remembering Russia

Anjali is from San Ramon, California and participated in the 2017 Russian summer program. After a long week of Russian language classes, pre-professional meetings, and adventures with my Russian and American friends, I was always ready to spend the weekend with my eleven-year-old host sister and

April 4, 2018
Kathryn and her group posing in TASS.
Madison at a Russian palace.

Turkish

Gavin and his friends jumping on the Salt Lake.

“That’s So Niche”: Reflecting on My Summer in Ankara

Gavin is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2015 Turkey summer program. At Harvard, concentration declaration—that is choosing a major—is a significant step in the collegiate experience. For most students, this might be a fairly ordinary event as they join

November 19, 2017
Stephanie, standing in the foreground, with a vast cityscape sprawling out behind her on a sunlit day.
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Hindi

The behenchara posing with their colorful headscarves!

We Said MumBYE to Indore for 3 Whole Days

Megan is from Encinitas, California and participated in the 2017-2018 India Academic Year program. As I write this, I can officially say I have been here for three months as of today! It’s crazy to think about my first few weeks here.

April 2, 2018
Picture of the Taj Mahal
My Indian Summer
November 9, 2017
Opening powerpoint slide of presentation

Global

SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS: USG PROGRAMS

Summer Highlights Series – USG Programs

Morocco – YES NSLI-Y Rabat led a session at the YES Inbound Pre-Departure Orientation at the end of their second week. In the picture on the right, NSLI-Y student Reagan is presenting to future YES students about family life in the U.S.,

April 6, 2018
Summer Highlights: Community Service Abroad
Summer Highlights: Twenty-First Century Skills

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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