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Posted On May 27, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Your Morocco is Far Better

In a few short weeks, you will look out the window of a crowded airplane for the first time and for the first time, you’ll see your second home. Dear NSLI-Y Student, Congratulations on your acceptance into the NSLI-Y program! It’s almost here — in just a few weeks you’ll be packing your bags, checking papers, taking placement tests, maybe doing it all with shaking hands from both excitement and, if you’re at all like me, anxiety. You will wonder how it is to leave behind not just a country,Read More

Posted On May 2, 2016By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

One Way NSLI-Y Changed My Life

By Adam, NSLI-Y Morocco, Summer 2015 My experience as a NSLI-Y scholar in Rabat, Morocco, last summer was a turning point in my life. Apart from learning Arabic and enjoying the Moroccan culture, I met amazing people, from fellow American scholars to local Moroccans. One thing I did not anticipate was that I would become so passionate about helping refugees in my community. Influenced by other NSLI-Y students who had helped refugees in the U.S., and prompted to action by the unfolding tragedy of the Syrian refugees, I was setRead More
Paula posing with a group of people.

Posted On February 14, 0201By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Intercultural Learning through Internships

Paula is from Libertyville, IL and participated in the 2014 Korea summer program. Although it’s been a bit since my participation in the NSLI-Y Korean summer program in Seoul, the love of languages it nurtured in me and curiosity about the State Department and other international exchanges it fostered in me have continued to shape my life three years (and counting!) out. Many people in the exchange community know that I try to keep my experiences alive with a social media presence about my language-learning journeys, as well as connectionsRead More