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Posted On December 4, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Russian

Crashing Chisinau: My Summer in Moldova

AJ is from Elk River, MN and participated in the Russian Summer Program 2019 in Moldova.  AJ has always enjoyed learning about languages and linguistics. The first non-native language he learned was American Sign Language. He acquired this skill at the young age of five or six. As he got older, his interests shifted more to verbal languages. He studied French at an immersion school, picked up Hebrew at Shabbat services, and developed a taste for Soviet classics and Italian rap, among other examples. AJ went on to explore theRead More

Posted On November 26, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Chinese (Mandarin)

My Experience in China / 我在中国的经历

Shivam is from Saratoga, CA and participated in the Chinese Summer program 2019 in China. As exciting as the prospect of studying abroad for an extended period of time is, there also many questions, concerns and worries. What food will I get to I eat? Will I get along well with my host family? Will I make friends? Will it be hard to learn the language? Questions like these tend to dominate one’s mind before embarking on a life-changing journey such as this one, at least for me they did.Read More

Posted On November 18, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Arabic

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 made it into a game, because as a brown girl, saying “American” is never a satisfactory response. “Guess,” I respond, “What do you think?” Occasionally, people are spot on, greeting me with “Namaste” on the street, but surprisingly, the most common nationality assigned to me has been “Syrian.” Often, afterRead More
Pierce at a Pagoda in Kaohsiung, Taiwan

Posted On November 7, 2019By Kyle SandmannIn Chinese (Mandarin)

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 be much harder than you think it will be. Even basic daily tasks, like ordering food, are more difficult when done in an unfamiliar language and place.” At the time, this worried me. Had I gotten myself into something that I couldn’t handle? Was I in over myRead More
Gilda in traditional Korean dress

Posted On October 31, 2019By Meike FaberIn Korean

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 student when I was in elementary school, and the experience was so positive that I wanted to study abroad again. I found out about the NSLI-Y program when I was 13 and was immediately attracted to the idea of a program offering full immersion. NSLI-Y was a longRead 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
Hindi Class

Posted On August 4, 2019By Meike FaberIn Hindi

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, which is the school the NSLI-Y students are attending, gave a welcome speech. That evening, the NSLI-Y students finally their host families! The students and their families bonded over ice breaker games. First Week at the Sanskriti School Students walked into Sanskriti School for their very first weekRead More
Visit to the Botanical Garden

Posted On July 19, 2019By Meike FaberIn Persian (Tajiki)

Welcome to Tajikistan!

Highlights from the 2019 Summer Tajiki program in Dushanbe, Tajikistan June 22nd: Arrival in Dushanbe NSLI‐Y students arrived in Dushanbe, Tajikistan, in the early morning of June 22. After some time to rest and an arrival orientation, the students were ready to explore the city. Together with their resident director and local coordinator, the group visited important landmarks in Dushanbe and learned how to navigate the city. June 24th: First day of class On Monday, all NSLI‐Y students had their first day of Tajik language class. They learned some key phrasesRead More
The group smiling on the bus, en route to the Embassy!
Check out these highlights from the 2019 NSLI-Y Arabic Summer program in Jordan administered by American Councils. Arriving in Amman After a long day of travel, the NSLI-Y students arrived in Jordan very early in the morning on June 17th. After getting some rest, the group began their arrival orientation. After the orientation, NSLI-Y students gathered with their local coordinators at Hamada Restaurant to try Jordanian food for the first time. The group enjoyed falafel, hummus, and other regional snacks.   Taking in the Surroundings On June 18th, the groupRead More
The students pose for a group shot in front of the WaterTower while on their city tour of Chisinau.
Check out these highlights from the NSLI-Y Russian Summer 2019 program in Moldova! On June 21, the NSLI-Y Russian students visited Chisinau’s America House for a security briefing with U.S. State Department Officials. The Foreign Service officers discussed future career paths and were able to answer students’ questions.  On day three in Chisinau, NSLI-Y students and staff met at the Stephen the Great statue in the morning for a bus tour of the city. Stephen the Great, an important ruler in Moldovan history, is shown to hold a sword downwards,Read More