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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
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The goals of the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program are not only to improve the language skills of American high school and gap-year students but also to develop a cadre of citizen ambassadors. On January 17, 2018, current NSLI-Y Arabic Academic Year students shared about the religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity of Morocco and how they have contributed to mutual understanding in Morocco. We invite you to watch the recording of this special event. Click here to watch the speakers discuss fostering mutual understanding in Morocco. ClickRead More
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Posted On November 21, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Re-Thinking Our Emotional State Abroad: Part 2

Claire pictured with her Korean language supporter

Posted On November 15, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Re-Thinking Our Emotional State Abroad: Part 1

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On November 16, 2017, current students on the Hindi academic year program shared about their community service experience in India so far and reflected on what it has meant to serve their local community and each other. The event took place during International Education Week, which celebrated the benefits of international education and exchange worldwide. We invite you to watch the recording of this special event. Click here to watch the Q&A. Read about the NSLI-Y student speakers and watch their presentations below: Namaste! My name is Lucia and this year IRead More
NSLI-Y Chinese summer alumnus Matthew with his mom

Posted On October 27, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Global

NSLI-Y Parent and Alumni Testimonials – Part 1

While some parents are excited for their son or daughter to study abroad, others may be nervous. The student may be ready and eager to dive into a new culture far from home, but the parents’ concern is often focused on safety and security. NSLI-Y’s first priority is student safety and security; the program’s safety measures are outlined on the Parents tab of the NSLI-Y website. However, NSLI-Y was fortunate to receive several testimonials from parents and alumni that addresses safety and security on NSLI-Y. In the following videos, parents and NSLI-YRead More
Picture of Catherine at Grishko Dance

Posted On October 27, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

My Unforgettable NSLI-Y Experience

By Catherine Cata, summer 2017 NSLI-Y Moscow alumna, from Stafford, Virginia It all began at the JFK Airport when our group of thirteen in matching green t-shirts waited anxiously for the plane. I remember thinking before I got on the plane to Russia, “this is really happening.” It was going to be my first time abroad and I was anxious but excited not knowing what Russia held for me. When I arrived in Russia I experienced jet lag for the first time. I was confused if I was hungry orRead More
Group shot in Morocco

Posted On October 24, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Reflections on NSLI-Y Morocco 2016

NSLI-Y alumni Grace and Rimsha share their reflections on their summer 2016 NSLI-Y program in Rabat, Morocco. They touch on language classes, host family relationships, and Moroccan hospitality. They also share how NSLI-Y has continued to impact their lives since returning home. They have both continued to study Arabic in college, Grace at Georgetown and Rimsha at the University of Chicago. Grace is originally from Los Angeles, California and Rimsha is originally from Louisville, Kentucky. Following their reflections, please enjoy a video Grace created from their summer in Rabat. LearnRead More
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Posted On October 17, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

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 U.S. and the students in the U.S. had the opportunity to ask the NSLI-Y students questions. We invite you to watch the recording of the event! Please note that some of the presentations are conducted in Korean. Interested in having your classroom participate in a virtual event? CompleteRead More
Picture of a tram car in Morocco

Posted On September 29, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Tram and Transportation in Rabat, Morocco

Diana is from Chicago, IL and participated in the Arabic Summer program in 2017. I used walking, taxiing, and being driven as transportation throughout the summer, but taking the tram was always my favorite. Each day to school, I would walk about 40 minutes from my neighborhood of Agdal 1.8 miles to my school in Souissi. Although it seems like a long distance to walk, it was a great way to stay healthy, spend some time by myself, and collect my thoughts before each day. Occasionally, I would take aRead More