NSLI-Y Summer Shanghai

October 3, 2013

Happy Thursday everyone! 

I’ll start off this week with a little about my summer.  I had the amazing opportunity to travel to China for six weeks and study mandarin, all on a US State Department scholarship on a program called NSLI-Y.

NSLI-Y is a national language program fully funded by the US Department of State.  It provides full scholarships for a select group of high school students to study abroad for year or summer long language intensives in a critical language, languages not commonly taught in American high schools and needed for the future success of the US.

nsli_logoThese languages include

          – Persian

          – Russian

          – Mandarin

          – Korean

          – Arabic

          – Hindi

          – Turkish.

Students are selected as ones poised to leaders and international sensitive citizens in the 21st century. The program is an amazing opportunity, sending 650 American high schoolers abroad on a full scholarship. It covers everything, domestic and international flights, visas, a cell phone, housing in a host family or dorms, orientations in the US, support abroad, and even a stipend of spending money.


Group altogether on our way up the Great Wall

I first heard of NSLI-Y from a past alumnae of the Russia program and from my Chinese teacher, Mr Penley.  I am so they opened me up to this opportunity. The applications first came out online around September and due in early winter.    It was truly an amazing experience.   Stay tuned next week for some of my Chinese adventures.

If you are interested in learning more about the NSLI-Y program, check out the following link, answering many FAQ’s and providing a ton of information.


Until next week,




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