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Summer programs that focus on international relations?


Replies to: Summer programs that focus on international relations?

  • watchmesoarwatchmesoar Registered User Posts: 352 Member
    As to how hard NSLI-Y is to get into, here's a post from a couple of years ago with some stats:

    Cultures Shocked forum - View Single Post - NSLI for youth?

    600 finalists / 1977 apps = 30% acceptance rate. Keep in mind the number of apps has been increasing year over year for the same number (or fewer) spots.

    That said, don't let those numbers scare you. Apply!

    My three of the four members of most host family spoke great English. This doesn't hold true for all of the host fams, though.

    I would also endorse the CIEE South Korea Scholarship, which I did this past summer. I saw the entire country and had some unforgettable experiences (going to the DMZ and being stared down by a North Korean solider, for one.)
  • hellUVAchancehellUVAchance Registered User Posts: 398 Member
    The NSLI-Y program is becoming more and more selective as it gains prominence. There is no set formula for getting in, I've heard stories of 4.0/33 ACT kids getting rejected but then a kid in my group said he has 2.9 GPA so NSLI-Y does accept candidates from all walks of life (academically, socio-economically, etc.)
  • viramayviramay Registered User Posts: 20 New Member
    Just curious, is there a program like NSLI-Y in Canada/for Canadians? It's seems really amazing and I'd love to do it!
  • watchmesoarwatchmesoar Registered User Posts: 352 Member
    I'm not aware of one, but I can't say I've ever looked into that topic. I would do some sleuthing around the internet...that's how I found NSLI-Y in the first place.
  • jerevedeparisjerevedeparis Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    Are there any similar programs that anyone is aware of? With convincing my parents there's no way I'd be able to meet the November deadline unfortunately.
  • watchmesoarwatchmesoar Registered User Posts: 352 Member
    The app for the CIEE South Korea scholarship isn't out until April. So there's plenty of time there. That program is two weeks with a weekend long home stay. The rest of the time you'll live in dorms with other participants. They pick 100 finalists.
  • starbrightstarbright Registered User Posts: 4,660 Senior Member
    Viramay, if you want to reinforce your french, the Canadian Govt offers this, with expenses covered for five weeks. Not exactly exotic though very useful!

  • jerevedeparisjerevedeparis Registered User Posts: 419 Member
    Thanks for the info on the South Korea thing! My parents really want me to learn French fluently before I tackle another language, but that is such a great opportunity maybe they'll budge.

    And it's too bad I'm not Canadian ): I'm not eligible to apply to that program unfortunately.
  • watchmesoarwatchmesoar Registered User Posts: 352 Member
    The South Korea thing isn't really language oriented, btw. It's more about exposure to the culture. So your French wouldn't be affected.
  • justtheideajusttheidea Registered User Posts: 3 New Member
    Georgetown has a summer institute for international relations that provides a broad introduction to the whole concept. It only lasts a week, and it is mainly lectures that can sometimes border on the repetitive, however, the head of Gtown's school of foreign service runs it and there are some truly interesting speakers. I thought it was a little bit fast paced because they were trying to cram in every single aspect of international relations in only a week, and it really didn't cover many topics as in-depth as they deserved. But, again, the T.A.'s and lecturers are passionate and excited about the subjects, and thus it is a great introduction to the world of international relations. The international crisis simulation on the last day was especially well done as it brought to life everything that we had studied the previous week.
  • IRgovmntIRgovmnt Registered User Posts: 30 New Member
    ^ Add Georgetown's National Security Institute to this. It's a week long just like internationl relations and you will meet some amazing presenters. It really depends how many people get in because that is likely to be the determining factor in what exactly you get to do off campus. For example, we couldn't visit CIA because there was about 100 of us.
  • dscads11dscads11 Registered User Posts: 24 New Member
    I did a study abroad in the summer of 2010 with a program called go abbey road. They offer different trips all around Europe and its not hard to apply too (plus the actual studying wasnt that hard, but it looks great on my resume)!! This past summer I did community service for a month in Thailand and Laos. They have service trips as well as French cultural immersion trips all over the world. I know you were lookin for something pertaining to international relations (which is what I wanna do) but this shows that you have a real interest in the world and want to be involved ona global scale. Doing a program in the United States doesnt seem very ambitious for "international relations" no matter how distinguished it is.
  • huxleyyhuxleyy Registered User Posts: 37 New Member
    I'm very interested in this subject; does anyone know of any which are available to students in England?
  • ChocolateliChocolateli Registered User Posts: 2 New Member
    Hey! I went to the NSLI-Y Summer Program to Beijing. I , second that recommendation. Students are able to promote American culture abroad - and that's one of the goals for international relations.
  • ZoeinnjZoeinnj Registered User Posts: 38 Junior Member
    Tufts has an amazing summer program in France that my daughter did, she ended up majoring in IR and minoring in French at an ivy....she credits the summer program with her continued interest in the field.

    Tufts University European Center in Talloires, France
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