All posts by Signe Knutson

Picture of Alex on the beach with Korean friends

Posted On August 7, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Looking back on a Year of Language Advances in South Korea

Alex is from Las Vegas, NV and participated in the Korea AY program from 2017-2018. Alex’s language journey began in 9th grade. Her first time walking through the many Asian markets of her hometown, Las Vegas, Alex experienced a new variety of smells, tastes, and most intriguingly, languages. “Las Vegas is one of the most racially diverse cities in America. I was fortunate to experience Korean, Chinese, and other Asian cultures first hand while growing up.” Korean culture provided the motivational spark for Alex to begin studying Korean. She didRead More
Picture of NSLI-Y students having a discussion

Posted On July 23, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Love of Arabic

Wafae Baghnaoui, an NSLI-Y language partner and journalism student in Rabat, Morocco created a video on the 2017-2018 NSLI-Y Academic Year program in Rabat. Students share their language learning journies and their cultural discoveries as well. We encourage you to watch these impressive scholars use their Arabic to discuss these topics and more.Read More
Alex with his host brother.

Posted On May 16, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Korean

Returning to Korea: One Year later

Alex is from Louisville, CO and participated in the 2014 Korea summer and 2016-2017 Korea academic year programs. 334 days, 11 hours, and 25 minutes after my initial departure, I find myself back in Seoul, South Korea; the city that was my home for 268 days, 10 hours, and 20 minutes. At first everything seems just as I left it, nothing changing, everything the same. I can still effortlessly navigate the subways by memory; I easily remember the location of my favorite candy at a local convenience store I frequented;Read More
CJ smiling with a friend.

Posted On May 1, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

Alumni Spotlight: C.J.

C.J. is from Albuquerque, NM and participated in the Arabic programs in Egypt and Morocco. There is a saying in the NSLI-Y community that, “you are just one C.J. away from knowing everyone.” Meaning, Carlo James Aragon (better known as C.J.) knows so many NSLI-Y alumni and applicants that you are sure to have him as a mutual acquaintance. C.J. has touched many in the NSLI-Y community, spanning across cultures and continents. C.J.’s passion for cross-cultural connections has shone through during his two NSLI-Y Arabic programs and time abroad inRead More
Title slide of presentation
On April 20th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted the virtual event “Chinese Classroom Connections.” Five current NSLI-Y Academic Year students in Taiwan gave presentations to two Chinese language classrooms in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students shared about the NSLI-Y program, host families, learning Chinese, and finding confidence, among other topics. After the presentations, the students in the U.S. asked the NSLI-Y students questions about their time in Taiwan so far. Please support these impressive young scholars by watching their presentations and by sharing this story or leaving a comment below. Click here to watchRead More
Greta with her Taiwanese friends!
Every month the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs selects an outstanding exchange participant as the American Abroad Student of the Month. NSLI-Y is proud to highlight the accomplishments of Greta, who was selected as the American Abroad Student of the Month in March 2018. Originally from Chicago, Illinois, Greta is currently studying Mandarin Chinese in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Throughout this year, she has found ways to increase her language proficiency by pursuing two things she is passionate about, volunteering and STEM! Through a volunteering club at WenzaoRead More
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
A beautiful sky at the beach.

Posted On April 11, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Arabic

What I’m Going to Miss

Lillian participated in the Morocco 2017-2018 academic year program.  As of today, I have only 2 months left in this amazing country. Now that I’ve been living here for well over 6 months, I think that I have learned a lot about Morocco. I wanted to take a minute to talk about the things that I’m grateful for, and what I’m going to miss when I leave. I think that I am still the same person as I was when I came, but I will take certain parts of MoroccoRead More
Elise smiling next to a bridge.

Posted On April 9, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Uncategorized

The Beauty of the Struggle

Elise is from Tucker, Georgia and participated in the Morocco Summer 2015 program and the Morocco Academic Year 2017-2018 program. As of today, it has been 186 days since I landed in Morocco. I could sit here and type on this, “little box of tricks,” that I have loved every moment; that Morocco is heaven on Earth; that I have never and will never want to leave. That, however, would be a disservice not only to myself but to any other prospective AY students. Now, with that being said, I should emphasizeRead More
SUMMER HIGHLIGHTS: USG PROGRAMS

Posted On April 6, 2018By Signe KnutsonIn Global

Summer Highlights Series – USG Programs

Morocco – YES NSLI-Y Rabat led a session at the YES Inbound Pre-Departure Orientation at the end of their second week. In the picture on the right, NSLI-Y student Reagan is presenting to future YES students about family life in the U.S., and other students presented about social life, extracurricular activities, and academic life in the U.S. After the presentations, all of the students broke up into small groups and talked about history, politics, and modern life in the U.S. The NSLI-Y students answered many questions the future YES studentsRead More