Turkish Category

Gavin and his friends jumping on the Salt Lake.

Posted On November 19, 2017By Signe KnutsonIn Turkish

“That’s So Niche”: Reflecting on My Summer in Ankara

Gavin is from Virginia Beach, VA and participated in the 2015 Turkey summer program. At Harvard, concentration declaration—that is choosing a major—is a significant step in the collegiate experience. For most students, this might be a fairly ordinary event as they join departments with hundreds of peers all studying the same topics. Government, psychology, and economics concentrators display their academic choices to all who will give nominal affirmation, whether it’s Facebook friends, relatives, or onlookers in the dining hall. But, if you study something as “obscure” as Turkish and MiddleRead More

Posted On September 27, 2017By Ligaya BeebeIn Turkish

A Little Taste of Ramadan: Stephanie in Turkey

Stephanie is a 2014 Turkey summer program alum recollecting her experience abroad. I think I heard the famous Turkish drummers this morning! I woke up at 3am, and I remember hearing drums. I told myself to get out of bed and to grab my phone and record it, but I guess I just fell asleep again. Whoops. Hopefully I’ll get another chance tomorrow. The Ramadan drummers I’m referring to are the traditional ones from Muslim history in Turkey that awake those that are fasting for their pre-dawn meal. While this traditionRead More

Posted On August 14, 2017By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

Why NSLI-Y Matters: My Distinctive Experience

Watch Noah’s video montage of the sights seen during the NSLI-Y Turkey mid-year orientation in Antalya, a popular destination for sightseeing and the largest Turkish city on the Mediterranean coast. Below, he writes about how his experiences in Turkey have changed him and the true significance of cultural exchange.  By Noah, NSLI-Y Turkey, Academic Year 2014 – 2015 Whether it is the 14-year-old Syrian scrap metal collector, the Turkish soldiers on the train, or fishermen playing backgammon in the street, I am always willing to stop and have a discussion. BeforeRead More

Posted On September 7, 2016By Ligaya BeebeIn Turkish

Making Friends in a New Language: Gianna in Turkey

Gianna Brassil was raised in San Francisco, California in a multicultural family. Her mother is of Nicaraguan and Peruvian descent and her father is Australian. This diverse heritage and her family’s love of international travel sparked her interest in cultures and languages at a young age. By the time she started high school, Gianna wanted to try living abroad on her own. She learned about NSLI-Y from a Facebook post by a NSLI-Y alumna and was eager to apply. She says that while the application process was straightforward, she feltRead More

Posted On January 13, 2016By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

My NSLI-Y Summer in Turkey in One Minute

Watch a video compilation by Hank (NSLI-Y Turkey, Summer 2015) to catch a glimpse into his experience in Turkey! While I was in Turkey, I took one-second video clips of interesting experiences I had, and then I picked my favorite at the end of each day. So in the end, I had one second from each day of my exchange, and after putting all these seconds together, the result is a great video that provides a window into my time in Turkey with NSLI-Y.Read More
Last week, NSLI-Y alumni shared their reflections on how participating in virtual exchange affected their study abroad experience when they presented at this years’ Global Education Conference. The Global Education Conference session, which also included a presentation from an American educator from Boston Latin School (BLS), took place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Presenters took a look at both sides of an interactive virtual exchange; NSLI-Y alumni and BLS students reflected on their participation. NSLI-Y Turkish and Chinese program alumni shared how virtual exchange helped them reflect on and processRead More

Posted On November 16, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Chinese (Mandarin), Turkish

Connecting Students Abroad with Students at Home

Join NSLI-Y alumni as they share their reflections on how participating in virtual exchange affected their study abroad experience when they present at this years’ Global Education Conference. (November 16-19, 2015) The session, which will also include presentations from an American educator and her students from Boston Latin School (BLS), will take place on Tuesday, November 17, 2015. Presenters will take a look at both sides of an interactive virtual exchange; NSLI-Y alumni and BLS students will reflect on their participation in this type of exchange. NSLI-Y Turkish and Chinese programRead More
Thumbnail for NSLI-Y virtual Turkey event.

Posted On November 6, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

One Day in the Life in Turkey – October 27th, 2015

On October 27th, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted a virtual event connecting five NSLI-Y students currently studying in Izmir, Turkey and two alumna who studied for a summer in Ankara, Turkey in live time with an enthusiastic audience made up of students, family members, and others from all over the U.S. The students and alumni gave presentations in English, integrating words and expressions in Turkish, on the theme of “One Day in the Life in Turkey,” during which they shared their own photos and videos. Within these authentic presentations, the speakers provided valuable insights into Turkish culture, languageRead More
Just four more days until NSLI-Y Interactive goes live with students and alumni who are currently studying on the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program in Turkey or recently returned! It’s not too late to register! Have you ever wondered what it’s like to study abroad and be immersed in another language and culture? Perhaps you are fascinated by the Turkish language and culture and want to learn more? Join NSLI-Y interactive on Tuesday, October 27, 2015 at 1:00 pm EST and hear directly from NSLI-Y Turkish languageRead More

Posted On October 8, 2015By Nicole WeitznerIn Turkish

Alumna Recounts Immersion Experience in Turkey

Highlights from an interview with alumna Maggie, NSLI-Y Turkey, Summer 2015 As an applicant, from her home in Southern California, Maggie was drawn to Turkey, due to its position as a crossroads between the East and the West and due to its modern government within the Middle East. “I thought it would be really interesting to live in that culture.” Fast forwarding to the end of her NSLI-Y program in Turkey and her cohort’s excursion to Cappadocia, Maggie reflected on the integrated nature of her life back “home” in Ankara,Read More