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NSLI-Y 2020-21

isabelephantsisabelephants 10 replies2 threads New Member
Hey y'all. NSLI-Y applications opened today, so I thought I'd take the liberty of opening the annual forum. This will be my second time applying, as I was rejected as a semi-finalist last year. Best of luck!
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  • cinnamon1212cinnamon1212 1209 replies11 threads Senior Member
    My son was rejected twice, before getting accepted, so persevere! And best of luck.
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  • memeqween101memeqween101 130 replies0 threads Junior Member
    edited August 2019
    This will be my first (and last) time applying since I am a senior. I really hope that I get into the Korean AY program. Which countries/programs are you guys applying to?
    edited August 2019
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  • kennedy101kennedy101 2 replies0 threads New Member
    I don't know whether to put Persian or Indonesian summer as my 1st choice, can't decide they both seem so exciting
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  • kennedy101kennedy101 2 replies0 threads New Member
    edited August 2019
    @cinnamon1212 anything you believe he did differently the last time he applied?
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  • cinnamon1212cinnamon1212 1209 replies11 threads Senior Member
    @Kennedy2010 he was that much more mature, I think! And this won't help most people, but he visited Iran on a family trip, which may have convinced them he was truly interested in learning Farsi.
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  • student1538student1538 1 replies1 threads New Member
    This is my first time applying (as a possible gap year) to Russian AY but honestly would be interested in any AY program because I dont have previous experience with any of these languages. Do you think that would hurt my chances if I put any language as my second choice on the app?
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  • memeqween101memeqween101 130 replies0 threads Junior Member
    i have no language experience with any of the languages listed as well. most people who are accepted get their first choice anyway, and putting down your second choice won't hurt ur app
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  • SrzxyzSrzxyz 22 replies1 threads Junior Member
    Any advice for first timers applying?
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  • unfortunatelydumbunfortunatelydumb 9 replies3 threads New Member
    I think I'm going to apply for Arabic academic summer and Arabic academic year. Not sure yet which is going to be my first choice. On one hand, I would much rather spend a year in Morocco, but I'm afraid it would hurt me academically. Any advice?
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  • glasstreeglasstree 1 replies0 threads New Member
    edited August 2019
    Hi im a sophomore applying for russian summer! this is my first time applying so im a bit scared, if anyone has any advice please give :)
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  • CavsFan2003CavsFan2003 947 replies74 threads Senior Member
    I'm a sophomore applying for Korean summer! GL everyone!
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  • CavsFan2003CavsFan2003 947 replies74 threads Senior Member
    edited August 2019
    Ugh actually I'm torn between Korean, Indonesian, and Hindi
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  • GrownFreshApplesGrownFreshApples 2 replies0 threads New Member
    What is the perspective of NSLI-Y for applying to your own nationality program (I.E. Russian who has Russian speaking parents at home but not fluent applying to AY Russia)?
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  • memeqween101memeqween101 130 replies0 threads Junior Member
    @GrownFreshApples no, but I've seen blogs/videos of Korean and Chinese-Americans applying to the China + Korea Summer + AY programs. You'll probably enjoy ur experience as well if ur selected
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  • soccergirl10109soccergirl10109 2 replies1 threads New Member
    Hey all! I just got back from my NSLI-Y program! If anyone has any questions hmu :)
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  • isabelephantsisabelephants 10 replies2 threads New Member
    edited September 2019
    @unfortunatelydumb I'm also applying to the Arabic summer program. There are more spots for the summer programs, but fewer applicants and spots for AY. Would you say your academic concerns for the AY centered around standardized testing/college applications?
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  • FlameAlchemistFlameAlchemist 158 replies0 threads Junior Member
    I'm edging towards the Russian program, but honestly they all look really good... It's hard to narrow down the one I most want to attend.
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  • unfortunatelydumbunfortunatelydumb 9 replies3 threads New Member
    I need a certain amount of credits for different things (Performing arts, PE credits etc) to graduate and if I miss a year Im afraid I wouldnt meet those requirements.
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  • Aria14Aria14 2 replies0 threads New Member
    I'm a first time applier to the NSLI-Y program and I was wondering if there were any tips?
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  • lexfrilexfri 17 replies0 threads Junior Member
    Hey! It's fantastic that you've decided to apply to NSLI-Y! Definitely starting early and applying as an underclassmen is a great idea. This way you are able to get a feel of the application and the process, and you get more times to apply. It is amazing to see the growth that comes with just a year!

    Take every opportunity you can get to put yourself out there, and I recommend putting most of your effort into the essays. Make sure you reach out to alumni because they are such a helpful resource, and pretty amazing too! Good luck!
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