• 18 2019 November

    Identity, Nationality, and Community in Morocco

    Shraddha is from Round Rock, TX and is participating in the NSLI-Y Arabic Academic Year 2019-2020 in Morocco. “American… hmmm, but where are you really from?” It’s a question I hear multiple times each day, and at this point, I’ve

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    Shraddha is from Round Rock, TX and is participating in the NSLI-Y Arabic Academic Year 2019-2020 in Morocco. “American… hmmm, but where are you really from?” It’s a question I hear multiple times each day, and at this point, I’ve

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  • 14 2019 November

    A Visit to the Matryoshka Factory

    Julia is from Milwaukee, WI and participated in the 2019 Russian summer program. In Kirov, Matryoshka dolls are begun by splitting a piece of wood into four. Then a piece is selected, and inserted onto a lathe that spins parallel

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    Julia is from Milwaukee, WI and participated in the 2019 Russian summer program. In Kirov, Matryoshka dolls are begun by splitting a piece of wood into four. Then a piece is selected, and inserted onto a lathe that spins parallel

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  • 12 2019 November

    International Education Week Panel on Diversity and Inclusion – November 20 at 5 PM ET

    International Education Week (IEW) – a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education – is a national effort to promote programs that prepare youth with 21st century skills in today’s globalized world and

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    International Education Week (IEW) – a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education – is a national effort to promote programs that prepare youth with 21st century skills in today’s globalized world and

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  • 07 2019 November

    My Best Advice: Worry vs. Reality

    Pierce is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2019 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. The best advice I got before spending the summer in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was from the handbook I received pre-program. It implored me to “expect

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    Pierce at a Pagoda in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

    Pierce is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2019 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. The best advice I got before spending the summer in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was from the handbook I received pre-program. It implored me to “expect

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  • 31 2019 October

    What I Learned Studying Abroad

    Gilda is from Mastic, NY and participated in the 2018 Korean summer program in South Korea.  Having the opportunity to study abroad is a real blessing for anyone who loves to learn foreign languages and cultures. I studied in China as

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    Gilda in traditional Korean dress

    Gilda is from Mastic, NY and participated in the 2018 Korean summer program in South Korea.  Having the opportunity to study abroad is a real blessing for anyone who loves to learn foreign languages and cultures. I studied in China as

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  • 25 2019 October

    Alumni Spotlight: Jacob

    Jacob is from Malaga, New Jersey and participated in the 2012 Arabic summer program in Morocco.  Jacob is using his language skills to help the next generation learn Arabic. After returning from the NSLI-Y Arabic program, Jacob carried on his

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    Jacob: Alumnus of the 2012 Morocco program

    Jacob is from Malaga, New Jersey and participated in the 2012 Arabic summer program in Morocco.  Jacob is using his language skills to help the next generation learn Arabic. After returning from the NSLI-Y Arabic program, Jacob carried on his

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  • 01 2019 October

    Building a Library in Tajikistan

    Abigail is from Wyckoff, New Jersey and participated in the 2018 NSLI-Y Summer Persian program in Tajikistan. After spending seven, life-changing weeks last summer with NSLI-Y in Dushanbe, Tajikistan became my second home. However, no home is perfect. Educational resources

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    Abigail is from Wyckoff, New Jersey and participated in the 2018 NSLI-Y Summer Persian program in Tajikistan. After spending seven, life-changing weeks last summer with NSLI-Y in Dushanbe, Tajikistan became my second home. However, no home is perfect. Educational resources

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  • 19 2019 November

    Bringing Down Barriers: Nicholas in Morocco

    Nicholas Wade’s future changed unexpectedly when he met a Foreign Service Officer at a career fair during his freshman year of high school. She described to him the life and work of a Foreign Service Officer; he immediately became interested

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    Nicholas Wade’s future changed unexpectedly when he met a Foreign Service Officer at a career fair during his freshman year of high school. She described to him the life and work of a Foreign Service Officer; he immediately became interested

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Arabic

Bringing Down Barriers: Nicholas in Morocco

Nicholas Wade’s future changed unexpectedly when he met a Foreign Service Officer at a career fair during his freshman year of high school. She described to him the life and work of a Foreign Service Officer; he immediately became interested in the

November 19, 2019
Jacob: Alumnus of the 2012 Morocco program
Alumni Spotlight: Jacob
October 25, 2019

Chinese (Mandarin)

Pierce at a Pagoda in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

My Best Advice: Worry vs. Reality

Pierce is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2019 Chinese summer program in Taiwan. The best advice I got before spending the summer in Kaohsiung, Taiwan, was from the handbook I received pre-program. It implored me to “expect everything to

November 7, 2019
Hassane in Taiwan
Being a Superhero Abroad
September 26, 2019
Chance and friends

Korean

Gilda in traditional Korean dress

What I Learned Studying Abroad

Gilda is from Mastic, NY and participated in the 2018 Korean summer program in South Korea.  Having the opportunity to study abroad is a real blessing for anyone who loves to learn foreign languages and cultures. I studied in China as an exchange

October 31, 2019
NSLI-Y students wear traditional Korean clothing
David with his Galaxy Class

Persian (Tajiki)

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Building a Library in Tajikistan

Abigail is from Wyckoff, New Jersey and participated in the 2018 NSLI-Y Summer Persian program in Tajikistan. After spending seven, life-changing weeks last summer with NSLI-Y in Dushanbe, Tajikistan became my second home. However, no home is perfect. Educational resources are extremely

October 1, 2019
Visit to the Botanical Garden
Vanessa in Tajikistan!
Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa
February 20, 2019

Russian

A Visit to the Matryoshka Factory

Julia is from Milwaukee, WI and participated in the 2019 Russian summer program. In Kirov, Matryoshka dolls are begun by splitting a piece of wood into four. Then a piece is selected, and inserted onto a lathe that spins parallel to the

November 14, 2019
Maryam in Russia
The students pose for a group shot in front of the WaterTower while on their city tour of Chisinau.

Turkish

NSLI-Y Turkish participants visit the office of the Ministry of Education in Bursa.

A Summer in Turkey

Check out these highlights from our Summer 2019 Turkish program in Turkey! At the end of June, the NSLI-Y Turkish participants arrived in Istanbul and visited the U.S. Consulate where they were briefed by consulate staff and went on a tour of

August 15, 2019
Gavin and his friends jumping on the Salt Lake.
Stephanie, standing in the foreground, with a vast cityscape sprawling out behind her on a sunlit day.

Hindi

Hindi Class

Life in Pune, India

Highlights from the 2019 NSLI-Y Summer Hindi program in India. Arrival in Pune! On June 21, the NSLI-Y Hindi students arrived in Pune, India and attended a welcome ceremony to initiate their summer abroad. The Chairman of the Sanskriti Group of Schools,

August 4, 2019
Alice with teacher in India
Migratory Words
January 31, 2019

Global

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International Education Week Panel on Diversity and Inclusion – November 20 at 5 PM ET

International Education Week (IEW) – a joint initiative of the U.S. Department of State and the U.S. Department of Education – is a national effort to promote programs that prepare youth with 21st century skills in today’s globalized world and to attract

November 12, 2019
Turkish and Persian Virtual Alumni Event
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NSLI-Y Interactive showcases language learning and cross-cultural experiences of students on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. The multimedia stories on this site share the experiences of students on the NSLI-Y program with youth, educators, and language learners in the U.S. for further cultural exchange and language learning.

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