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John with his host family

Posted On August 14, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

Alumni Spotlight: John Muckler

John is from West Branch, IA and participated in the 2017-2018 Russian AY program in Moldova. When John first stumbled across the NSLI-Y program, he assumed that it wasn’t for him. He had never left the country, so he thought a year abroad would be impossible. However, his interest in Russian culture and desire to dispel negative media portrayal of the country led him to give the application a try. It was as he was writing his essays that he really began to grasp what NSLI-Y entailed and how heRead More
Anjali pictured cooking with her host family.

Posted On April 4, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Russian

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 her parents. Although I enjoyed every weekend with them, my last weekend was especially memorable. В пятницу, я готовила вкусную пиццу и смотрела “дневник принцессы”. Но, я устала и уснула раньше. On Friday, we made a delicious pizza and watched “The Princess Diaries” in Russian. However, I was veryRead 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
Outside of Mok Hyang.

Posted On March 5, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Mok Hyang Tea House in Insadong

Jacquelin is from Irvine,CA and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. Another tea house I’m trying out! Probably my 3rd time experiencing a traditional tea house. Out of the other tea houses, Mok Hyang I rate it a 3/5. It’s in the middle range and is not bad. But there really isn’t much of a traditional experience to it. The tea house is located on the second floor of a traditional Hanok house and is pretty small compared to other tea houses I’ve been to. We sat at aRead More
A beautiful scenic panoramic picture of the beach.

Posted On February 21, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Not Just Another Day at the Beach

Sofia is from Mililani, HI and participated in the 2017 Korea summer program. I’ll be honest, my time with my host family wasn’t easy in the beginning. My host family and I were both very shy, and to make matters worse, none of them spoke English very well, with the exception of my little nine-year-old sister with whom I still couldn’t discuss international affairs or the intricacies of South Korean culture with. I was disappointed because I knew that the riveting and eye-opening discussions about culture and politics that IRead 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
Heather and her host mom.

Posted On December 1, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn 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 Signe KnutsonIn 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

Posted On November 7, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Friendship and Cross-cultural Understanding through NSLI-Y

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
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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