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NSLI-Y Summer 2019

duniieladuniiela Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
edited November 2018 in Summer Programs
Hello! This is an open discussion for anyone who is willing to share their experiences with the program, and for any questions to be asked and answered. I am a first-time applicant for Korea Summer and am looking for more insight into the program. Thank you and have a lovely day!
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Replies to: NSLI-Y Summer 2019

  • Dancingmom518Dancingmom518 Registered User Posts: 282 Junior Member
    My daughter applied unsuccessfully for the Russia summer program last year, and this year plans to try for China summer. She has started Chinese in school and now has overseas experience (she was a foreign exchange student to Europe this past year), so we are hoping her chances will be better this time around.

    I think we also made a mistake in asking a STEM teacher for a letter of recommendation. This year she will ask her French teacher to demonstrate her facility with languages.

    Good luck to you.
  • shakutonshakuton Registered User Posts: 125 Junior Member
    Hello! I'm a Seoul Summer 2018 alum, and can offer any advice about my experience if anyone wants it. NSLI-Y was honestly life changing for me and solidified my love for Korea and language. I would absolutely recommend nsli-y to anyone who loves language
  • SonomomSonomom Registered User Posts: 7 New Member
    Thanks. What are your recommendations for the interview?
  • rD134340rD134340 Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hi guys ! I’m a freshman who applied for korean summer for 2019 and I’m getting worried just thinking about the cuts. Anybody know what’s they base their selection off of?
  • butterhbutterh Registered User Posts: 10 New Member
    Hi everyone :) I'm a junior who applied last year but was rejected after semis. I'm applying for Korean Summer (again) and hope that I'll get to know some of you better through this process!
  • kanagawakanagawa Registered User Posts: 115 Junior Member
    hi! i'm applying for arabic ay and i'm really stressed about the letter to host family. any advice?
  • SeroNoEstarSeroNoEstar Registered User Posts: 6 New Member
    Hi there! Honestly, I don't think that anybody actually knows how the Host Family Letters are graded, but I do know that many implementing organizations that do not give these letters to host families. As such, I regard it as an extention of the other essays rather than a literal letter.

    Although I do not know the grading rubric, I know that last year, (when I got into Arabic Summer) my essay aimed to present my personality and give an image of how I interact. I painted a picture of my ersonality traits and family life and connected these to how I expected to behave and cope with difficulties in Morocco. I believe that they want to see that you are pleasant to be around and emotionally ready for NSLI-Y, so just show your best self. I know that the prompt is really difficult due to the word limitand enormous number of topics to cover, but if you are being genuine, (and using proper grammar, of course) then you are on the right track! Best to you and good luck!
  • aureliav1aureliav1 Registered User Posts: 25 Junior Member
    I am currently a junior and am a Bahasa Indonesia alumni '18. I am happy to answer any questions about the Indonesian program and NSLIY in general. This year I am applying to Hindi AY.
  • duniieladuniiela Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    @Dancingmom518 Good luck to your daughter, i hope she becomes a finalist! I was debating on whether i should ask my Spanish teacher or my Engineering/Robotics Coach. I have recieved advice from alumni that the best teacher recommendatins are the teachers who know you best! My respects go to your daughter in applying to the Chinese program; it's definately a challenging language. The Russia Summer program was my second preference, after much debating and a last minute change. What program did your daughter travel through for the exchange program?
    Once again, best of luck to your daughter; I hope she makes it this year!
  • duniieladuniiela Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    @shakuton Thank you! I decided I wanted to choose Korean Summer as my first preference because my school environment comepletely changed from a primarily hispaic student body in middle school to a cultural melting pot with a lot of the studenst in my high school being Korean- I wanted to learn more about the culture, which is why I applied to NSLI-Y, since it is a language AND culture immersement program.
    What was your host city? And how do recommmend self-studying the language?
    So far I can read Hangul, introduce myself and am currently working on sentence structure, grammar, and vocabulary.
  • paintoncanvaspaintoncanvas Registered User Posts: 14 New Member
    Do you guys think notifs are coming out tomorrow or Monday? also good luck to everyone! :)
  • Dancingmom518Dancingmom518 Registered User Posts: 282 Junior Member
    @duniiela Thank you! I hope you receive good news as well. It’s such a competitive program, but sounds like the opportunity of a lifetime for those who get in. The exchange program she did was a special program between my daughter’s school and a university in Northern Ireland. It was brief, but a fantastic experience and was the first time she was out of the country without me, so hopefully that experience will play in her favor, but who knows. I’m rooting for everyone on this thread!
  • duniieladuniiela Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    @Sonomom Hello! I cannot give any advice from personal experience, but this blog has a compiled list of other blogs from NSLI-Y alumni that might help!
    Adventures of a Sinophile (also known as Adventures of a Laowai)
    I also recommend Nha Dang's Youtube channel- she has vlogs and application and interview tips posted there!
  • duniieladuniiela Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    @Dancingmom518 and same goes for your daughter! Good luck to everyone!
  • duniieladuniiela Registered User Posts: 12 New Member
    @paintoncanvas Hi Nguenar, it's Dani from the KakaoChat! I think they will come out on Monday because the website says they will come out in early December. But it doesn't hurt to check your inbox tomorrow as well, since the deadline for the application was earlier this year. It might be that the semi-finalist notifications come out earlier this year!