Partner Organizations

NSLI-Y is funded by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, and administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with implementing organizations including AFS-USA, iEARN, American Cultural Exchange Service (ACES), AMIDEAST, Legacy International, Russian American Foundation (RAF), Stony Brook University, University of Delaware, University of Minnesota, and University of Wisconsin.


American Councils for International Education is the lead organization in the administration and implementation of NSLI-Y. NSLI-Y staff at American Councils for International Education manage the application and selection process, program-wide evaluation activities, and alumni activities. In addition, American Councils implements NSLI-Y programs. American Councils is a premier, international nonprofit creating educational opportunities that prepare individuals and institutions to succeed in an interconnected and increasingly interdependent world. Through academic exchanges, overseas language immersion, and educational development programs, American Councils designs and administers innovative programs that broaden individual perspectives, increase knowledge, and deepen understanding.


AFS-USA is a NSLI-Y implementing organization and also fulfills certain NSLI-Y administrative duties, including the coordination of NSLI-Y interviews for semi-finalists. Founded by volunteer ambulance drivers following WWII, AFS-USA is a non-profit international exchange organization for students and adults that operates in more than 50 countries. AFS-USA is sustained to this day by more than 5,000 volunteers in the U.S. and 44,000 internationally. AFS-USA works toward a more just and peaceful world by providing international and intercultural learning experiences to individuals, families, schools, and communities through a global volunteer partnership.


International Education and Resource Network (iEARN) is a NSLI-Y implementing organization and also executes certain NSLI-Y administrative duties including the coordination of NSLI-Y Interactive, a platform for virtual exchanges. iEARN is the world's largest non-profit global network that enables teachers and youth to use the Internet and other technologies to collaborate on projects that enhance learning and make a difference in the world.


American Cultural Exchange Service (ACES) is a NSLI-Y implementing organization. American Cultural Exchange Service is a non-governmental, non-profit organization dedicated to international cultural, educational, and sports exchanges. ACES' mission is to provide high quality international educational, cultural and sports exchange programs to people in the US and around the world.


America-Mideast Educational and Training Services (AMIDEAST) is a NSLI-Y implementing organization. AMIDEAST is a non-profit organization engaged in international education, training, and development activities in the Middle East and North Africa, including education abroad programs for American students interested in studying Arabic and cultural. AMIDEAST programs and services touch the lives of half a million individuals a year – improving educational opportunities and quality, strengthening local institutions, and developing language and professional skills critical for success in the global economy.


Legacy International is a NSLI-Y implementing organization. Legacy International is dedicated to promoting peace by strengthening civil society and fostering a culture of participation worldwide. The organization trains and mentors community leaders, youth, professionals, and governmental and non- governmental administrators by helping them to develop and implement practical, community-based solutions to critical issues.


Russian American Foundation (RAF) is a NSLI-Y implementing organization. RAF is a NY-based non-partisan organization which was founded in 1997 to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian heritage among all communities in the United States, as well as to promote reciprocal interest in and understanding of American heritage among global Russian-speaking communities.


Stony Brook University is a NSLI-Y implementing organization, directed by the faculty and staff of the university’s Center for Korean Studies. The Center for Korean Studies Program at Stony Brook has been an intellectual bridge between Korea, Stony Brook, and the United States since 1982 serving as an academic hub for education and research in Korean Studies in the United States in the fields of Korean language, culture, history, religions, literature, and philosophy.


University of Delaware is a NSLI-Y implementing organization, directed by faculty and staff of the university's Confucius Institute. The University of Delaware Confucius Institute plays a critical role in the promotion of Chinese language and culture by providing opportunities on campus, off-campus, and abroad for the learning and teaching of Chinese language and culture and building cross-cultural connections between American and Chinese people.


University of Minnesota is a NSLI-Y implementing organization, directed by the faculty and staff of the university’s Confucius Institute (CIUMN). CIUMN was established to promote Chinese language and culture throughout Minnesota, and has served over 10,000 students and educators through language learning, teacher development, cultural performance and education abroad programs.


University of Wisconsin-Madison is a NSLI-Y implementing organization, directed by the faculty and staff of the university’s Pushkin Summer Institute-Abroad. A unique Russian-language program that targets college-bound high school students, the Pushkin Summer Institute combines language training with culture and literature studies, focused on the life story of Alexander Pushkin, to improve language abilities, stimulate interest in Russian studies, and build lifelong critical thinking, reading, and writing skills.


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