All posts by Signe Knutson

Alex with his host brother.

Posted On May 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

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 home for 268 days, 10 hours, and 20 minutes. At first everything seems just as I left it, nothing changing, everything the same. I can still effortlessly navigate the subways by memory; I easily remember the location of my favorite candy at a local convenience store I frequented;Read More
CJ smiling with a friend.

Posted On May 1, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

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 so many NSLI-Y alumni and applicants that you are sure to have him as a mutual acquaintance. C.J. has touched many in the NSLI-Y community, spanning across cultures and continents. C.J.’s passion for cross-cultural connections has shone through during his two NSLI-Y Arabic programs and time abroad inRead More
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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 confidence, among other topics. After the presentations, the students in the U.S. asked the NSLI-Y students questions about their time in Taiwan so far. Please support these impressive young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharing this story or leaving a comment below. Click here to watchRead More
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 Abroad Student of the Month in March 2018. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Greta is currently studying Mandarin Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Throughout this year, she has found ways to increase her language proficiency by pursuing two things she is passionate about, volunteering and STEM! Through a volunteering club at WenzaoRead More
Alisa posing in a busy Chinese street.

Posted On April 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Discovering Myself in Chengdu

Alisa is from Short Hills, NJ and participated in the 2017 China summer program. During the first week of my program in Chengdu, China, I remember hearing a thought provoking statement during our visit to the U.S. Consulate. A foreign service officer explained to us that the relations between two countries are built on people-to-people interactions, more so than exchanges between media, government, etc. I remember thinking that this concept was so simple, yet so powerful. After finishing my program, I can now say with certainty that the people-to-people interactionsRead More
Kathryn and her group posing in TASS.

Posted On March 26, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

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 I learned to say “Good-bye” (До свидания) in Russian. I always knew I wanted to learn this beautiful language, but I did not realize how much studying Russian in Moscow would impact my life. I had so many incredible academic and social experiences which definitely impacted my long-term outlook asRead More
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On March 21st alumni of the NSLI-Y Arabic summer program in Jordan shared about what their lives were like in Jordan on the NSLI-Y program. Following the presentation, audience members were invited to engage with the speakers during the live Q&A session. We invite you to watch the recording of the first virtual event showcasing the NSLI-Y program in Jordan. Click here to watch the Q&A. Introducing the speakers for the event: Organizer: Deni Hoxha – 2016 Summer My name is Deni Hoxha and I am from Worcester, MA. I studiedRead More
Marrakech, Morocco

Posted On February 8, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Global

Safety on NSLI-Y 2017 Programs

The story was compiled by Shraddha Joshi who participated in the Jordan summer program in 2017. Shraddha is from Round Rock, Texas. After submitting an application for what might potentially be a life-changing experience abroad, participating in NSLI-Y starts to feel increasingly real. The seemingly endless wait for finalist notifications makes time for daydreaming about what life in another country might look like. With the excitement, there are also concerns, the biggest of which is almost undoubtedly safety. With NSLI-Y host countries spread across diverse regions throughout the world, questions about safetyRead More
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On February 12th, current academic year students in Moldova discussed how NSLI-Y has helped them develop not only their Russian language skills but their leadership skills as well. Following the presentation, audience members were invited to engage with the speakers during the live Q&A session. This event is a great opportunity to learn more about the impact of a study abroad program like NSLI-Y. We invite you to watch the recording of this insightful event. Click here to watch the Q&A. Click here to listen to Elliott, the Resident Director in Moldova, shareRead More
Picture of Dana with her guitar

Posted On January 3, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

American Abroad Student of the Month – Dana in Morocco

Dana, a current NSLI-Y student in Morocco, was recently nominated as the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs’ American Abroad Student of the Month for October 2017. Congratulations, Dana! Dana Slayton, a NSLI-Y student, has been excelling during her time in Morocco! Coming in with an advanced level of Arabic language, she has been working tirelessly to further strengthen her Arabic language skills. With her NSLI-Y teacher, Dana has committed herself to expanding her vocabulary, improving her reading skills, developing her essay writing, and developing fluency in both Modern Standard andRead More