July 6, 2012

NSLI-Y Student Orientations in NYC

From June 22nd to July 3rd, four NSLI-Y student cohorts arrived in New York and attended a three day orientation to prepare them for their language learning program abroad. For six weeks this summer, 105 students will attend intensive language classes and immerse themselves in a new culture in South Korea, India, China, and Morocco.

During the pre-departure orientation, students set realistic expectations for getting to know their host family, learning about the culture, and managing culture shock. Students also set specific goals for language learning.

The orientation included NSLI-Y participants’ first language class with their Resident Director, discussions about safety and security while abroad, and a question and answer panel with NSLI-Y alumni. Alumni gave language learning tips, advice for adjusting to a new culture, and shared many fun anecdotes from their experience. Representatives from the Department of State's Educational and Cultural Affairs Bureau also attended the orientation and presented their experiences in learning foreign languages and answered student questions about the foreign service.