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Lehighton student studies in China

Published August 13. 2019 01:46PM

Sarah Laible, a high school student in Lehighton studied Mandarin Chinese in China this summer through a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship.

NSLI-Y is a program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Sarah, competitively selected out of over 3,300 applications from across the United States, is one of approximately 660 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Korean, Persian, Russian or Turkish overseas this coming year. While in China, Sarah will receive formal language instruction, live with a host family, and experience the local culture as part of an immersion environment.

NSLI-Y is part of a multiagency U.S. government initiative launched in 2006 to improve Americans’ ability to communicate in select critical languages, to advance international dialogue and increase American economic global competitiveness. Many NSLI-Y alumni go on to pursue education and careers vital to U.S. national security and credit the program experience with helping them improve their academic, leadership and cross-cultural communication skills.

NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, American Cultural Exchange Service, AMIDEAST, iEARN-USA, the Russian American Foundation, Stony Brook University, the University of Delaware and the University of Wisconsin.

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