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Opening powerpoint slide for virtual event
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
Heather and her host mom.

Posted On December 1, 2017By DioIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Bonding With My Host Mom

Heather is from Inwood, WV and participated in the 2016-2017 Taiwan year program. Being abroad can be challenging sometimes, especially if you’re abroad for a longer period of time like I was. At first, I had a little trouble connecting with my host family because they were so much older than me with both of my host parents being over 50 and all my host siblings living out of the house except for one very busy grad student at home. I was so afraid of saying or doing something offensive.Read More
Grace and a historian at Kirov Library.

Posted On November 19, 2017By DioIn Russian

Reflections on Russian Literature from Kirov

Grace is from Salem, OR and participated in the 2017 Russia summer program. Здравствуйте / Hello, I think that it’s worth saying that unlike many of the NSLI-Y summer program students who joined my Kirov program with a serious interest in foreign service, I initially wanted to participate in the NSLI-Y Russia program simply because I love to read Russian literature. For a long time, my conception of Russia has been tied up in the (translated!) words of Turgenev, Akhmatova, Lermontov, Zamyatin, Kharms, and others. Nevsky Prospekt, dueling, and teatimeRead More
Michael and his peers at the conference
Michael is an alumnus of the 2017 summer Arabic program in Rabat, Morocco. He is originally from Leawood, Kansas. Last summer, for six weeks I studied Arabic in Rabat, Morocco with NSLI-Y. This experience helped me immensely in learning Arabic through immersion, and it broadened my worldview and provided me with insight into how other global citizens view the United States. Within the NSLI-Y program, there is much emphasis put on working with people to bond and share American culture and values while also learning about the culture of the hostRead More
Opening powerpoint slide of presentation
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
Justin pictured with friends in a scenic mountainous picture.
Justin is from Salem, Oregon and participated in the 2017 China summer program. Weary-eyed, all twenty-one of us dragged our luggage down to the lobby of the academic building, taking our last looks around the school we had called our own for the past six weeks. I glanced around at the glass windows, the marble floors, the little coffee tables, and chairs off to the side. Memories flooded my mind – I remembered the morning I ran into this lobby, clutching my backpack tight, sweat raining from my temples andRead More

Posted On August 23, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Arabic

It’s the Little Things that Really Matter

By Shraddha from Texas, NSLI-Y 2017 Jordan Summer I was packing my bag for school when I heard a knock on my door and a shy voice calling out my name. As I stepped out, I saw Osama, my little host brother standing outside the room. In his hand, he held a broken hair tie. I remember my hair tie breaking the day before, but I wasn’t sure where it had fallen. With the snapped rubber in hand, he explained to me in Arabic that he had tried to fixRead More
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 Zhuhai, even though I was clearly a “老外”, or foreigner.  While it has been a few years since my NSLI-Y program, the lessons I learned both in and out of the classroom continue to contribute to my personal, academic, and professional growth. Being immersed in a different lifestyle with aRead More
Group picture of NSLI-Y students and Youth Summit participants

Posted On August 1, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

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 Restaurant, a non-profit organization dedicated to the empowerment of disadvantaged women through restaurant training and job placement. While there, the NSLI-Y students learned how to cook some traditional Moroccan dishes, cleaned, and gardened. On July 17, the group attended the opening plenary sessions of the iEARN conference, and then attended YouthRead More