NSLI-Y is a unique educational experience abroad for over 600 U.S. teens annually. Participants and their families can expect the following:

  • An immersive environment allowing participants to experience the local daily life of the host community
  • Rigorous language instruction and coursework
  • Cultural learning activities
  • A host family experience of some duration
  • A structured schedule with a limited degree of independent activities, which may include free time to explore local restaurants and cultural sites, and commuting to school on public transportation
  • Dedicated staff who:
    • Are available to participants and families 24/7 for emergencies
    • Communicate in a clear manner to participants, families, and partners
    • Ensure program implementation is in accordance with NSLI-Y operating policies

The NSLI-Y program cannot:

  • Accommodate participant and/or family requests to customize the program schedule, location, coursework, and/or host family composition or placement
  • Guarantee the same daily routine, lifestyle, technology access, diet, activities, healthcare, and freedoms that participants experience in the United States
  • Provide an absolute guarantee of participants’ health or safety while abroad as there is inherent risk in any travel. However, the NSLI-Y program will take necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of participants to the greatest extent possible
  • Require staff to:
    • Provide instant responses to routine, non-emergency questions
    • Provide the same degree of individual care or attention a participant receives by family at home.

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Questions? Need more info? Contact us at 866.790.2086 or nsliy@americancouncils.org

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