All posts by Signe Knutson

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
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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
Group picture of NSLI-Y AY students in Korea

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