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Turkish and Persian Virtual Alumni Event
Join NSLI-Y Interactive on Monday, October 21 at 8pm ET for a Turkish and Persian Alumni Virtual Event! This event will feature five alumni speakers and host from the NSLI-Y Turkish and Persian programs, who will present on why they chose their NSLI-Y language, what they gained from their program experience, and what daily life on a NSLI-Y program looks like. The alumni will also share advice they have for prospective students applying for NSLI-Y – don’t forget, the application deadline is in two weeks! Attendees will be able toRead More

Posted On October 1, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki), Uncategorized

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 limited in Tajikistan, and I was motivated to give back to the country that had taught me so much. Last December, I launched an initiative to build a library in Tajikistan. Working with Sultan Akif, CEO and founder of the “Library in a Week” organization (they aim toRead More
Hassane in Taiwan

Posted On September 26, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Being a Superhero Abroad

Hassane is from Westchester, NY and participated in the 2019 Summer Chinese program in Kaohsiung, Taiwan. Not all superheroes wear capes. Myself along with the fellow Taiwan participants didn’t wear super suits or costumes. Yet, we had superpowers abroad. When I first applied and earned acceptance to NSLI-Y, I had many expectations. I believed I would study Mandarin Chinese and immerse myself in Taiwanese culture. But, I not only left the island with a sense of Taiwanese life but also a realization of my own identity. I’m not a typical personRead More

Posted On September 16, 2019By Meike FaberIn Global

Life after NSLI-Y Virtual Event

On September 25, NSLI-Y Interactive hosted its first virtual event of the season. Life after NSLI-Y featured three alumni from different NSLI-Y programs who spoke about their NSLI-Y experiences, how NSLI-Y has impacted their life and career goals and any words of advice they have for future applicants. Special guest, Christopher Schwab, Program Officer at the Department of State also joined the event to share about future career opportunities for NSLI-Y alumni. Watch the recording of this webinar here and read more about the alumni speakers below! For more information about the 2020-2021Read More
New Semantics: Student Language Magazine
Vanessa is an alumna of the 2018 Summer NSLI-Y Persian program in Tajikistan and editor of New Semantics, a language blog-magazine. Vanessa recently organized the virtual event, NSLI-Y Alumni Insights (NAI) in collaboration with New Semantics.  New Semantics, is a blog-magazine that showcases student creative work and expert interviews, highlighting student passion for language and culture. Contributors have studied 16+ languages altogether, hailing from Kentucky to the United Arab Emirates. New Semantics thus illustrates the multitude of perspectives in our diverse world, joining them in this forum for cross-cultural dialogue. New Alumni Insights (NAI) isRead More
Chance and friends

Posted On June 14, 2019By Meike FaberIn Chinese (Mandarin)

Foreigners from a Foreigner’s View

Chance is from Missoula, MT and participated in the NSLI-Y Chinese Academic Year 2018-2019 program in Taiwan. The first week I spent in Taiwan, I hardly saw any other foreigners. It seemed like our NSLI-Y group were the only ones around. Unexpectedly, the Taiwanese didn’t take as much of an interest in us. From my short experience in Mainland China, it wasn’t uncommon to feel like you are constantly being stared at.  Especially in tourist areas,  people from rural China can be found traveling and a foreigner becomes the center ofRead More
NSLI-Y Alumni at 2019 Workshop

Posted On March 14, 2019By Meike FaberIn Global

NSLI-Y Alumni Representative Workshop

On the first weekend of 2019, 18 NSLI-Y alumni flew into the nation’s capital for the 2019 NSLI-Y Alumni Representative Workshop. The training prepared us for a new leadership role and fostered deep friendships! Every hour of our stay was packed with informative, skill-building sessions meant to enable us to fulfill our roles. From a presentation about Department of State resources, to a leadership training session, event brainstorming activities, trivia competition, and a public speaking hour, we all left DC with a new understanding of what it means to be a NSLI-Y AlumniRead More
Vanessa in Tajikistan!

Posted On February 20, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki)

Alumni Spotlight: Vanessa

Vanessa is from in New Brunswick, NJ and participated in the Persian Summer 2018 program in Tajikistan. Vanessa is a language lover, plain and simple. This is apparent from the multitude of languages she is studying. Vanessa is a Chinese American, and grew up speaking both Chinese and English. She also learned Spanish in school and self-taught herself Japanese. She loves to spend hours studying the syntax and structures of languages. Her linguaphile tendencies hit a pinnacle when she participated in an International Linguistics Competition in Dublin, Ireland. At the competition,Read More
David with his Galaxy Class

Posted On February 15, 2019By Meike FaberIn Korean

은하수에 닿으라 Reach for the Galaxy

David is from Furlong, PA and participated in the Korean Summer 2018 program.  The first day of Korean class was almost here. Most students were excited because Korean classes were going to start, but I was very worried. In reality, I did not previously learn Korean through classes or self-study. Because I had learned Korean by conversing with my Korean parents, I did not formally learn basic grammar. Therefore, I thought that I would not be able to follow along with the class. Will my Korean really improve? What willRead More
Kristin with friends in Moldova

Posted On February 7, 2019By Meike FaberIn Russian

Learning to Communicate

Kristin is from Chicago, IL and Winter Haven, FL and participated in the Russia Summer 2015 program and the Moldova Academic Year 2017-2018 program. “What have you learned about the world from language study?” I was fifteen years old when I uncovered my love for languages. That summer, I completed the NSLI-Y program in Kirov, Russia. It changed my life and ignited a passion for language learning. The next summer I intensively studied Chinese at the University of Mississippi. This past school year, I participated in the NSLI-Y academic yearRead More