Principals' Memo #1028-11

COMMONWEALTH of VIRGINIA
Department of Education

October 18, 2011

TO: Principals

FROM: Linda M. Wallinger, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

SUBJECT: Youth Exchange Scholarships for U.S. High School Students

The U.S. Department of State announces scholarships for American high school students to study abroad:

The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) offers merit-based scholarships to U.S. high school aged students for overseas study of seven critical foreign languages:  Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian and Turkish.  The NSLI-Y program is designed to immerse participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them invaluable formal and informal language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.  Applications for summer 2012 and academic year 2012-2013 programs are due November 3, 2011.  Visit http://www.nsliforyouth.org for more information.

The Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Abroad Program offers scholarships to American high school students to spend a semester or an academic year in Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali, Morocco, Oman, Thailand, and Turkey.  This post 9/11 program focuses on increasing understanding between people in the U.S. and countries with significant Muslim populations.  The application deadline is January 11, 2012.  Visit the YES Program’s Web site (http://www.yesprograms.org/yesabroad) for more information.

The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy.  Secondary school students live with host families, attend local schools, and participate in community life in Germany.  Young professionals (undergraduates) and high school graduates of vocational studies ages 18-24 study and participate in practical training.  Scholarships are now available for academic year 2012-2013.  Prior German language skills are not required.  For more information visit USAGermanyScholarship.org at http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/.

The American Youth Leadership Program offers opportunities for American high school students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues.   Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service.  Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program (http://exchanges.state.gov/youth/programs/ylp/current-youth-leaderships-programs.html) Web site for more information.

For information about Virginia foreign language initiatives, please contact Lisa Harris, specialist for foreign languages, Office of Standards, Curriculum, and Instruction, by e-mail at Lisa.Harris@doe.virginia.gov or by telephone at (804) 225-3666. 

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