Hindi Summer Program


The Hindi summer program provides instruction on all four language skills - reading, writing, speaking and listening - but will focus on speaking and listening. Upon completion of the program, students will be familiar with the Devanagari alphabet and have an understanding of Hindi grammar and the different dialects of Hindi. The program will employ carefully designed learning activities to highlight the rich culture of India, as well as opportunities to explore the cultural context of the language, including Indian crafts, music, and dance, not to mention yoga and Bollywood!

Program Location: India
Program Dates: Summer programs last six to seven weeks and typically start in mid-June to early July and end in early to mid-August.
Accommodations: Host families

Why Hindi? “South Asia is home to more nongovernmental organizations than any other region in the world. A mastery of Hindi-Urdu is essential for everyday work in many of these organizations.” Read More.

Good to know: Indians widely consider Mahatma Gandhi to be the father of the nation. His birthday, October 2, is commemorated as Gandhi Jayanti, a national holiday, and world-wide as the International Day of Nonviolence.

Hindi Academic Year Program


The Hindi academic year program seeks to significantly increase students’ Hindi vocabulary and their ability to communicate with confidence. The program offers a combination of intensive in-class language instruction, extracurricular activities customary to Indian culture, and a host family experience. Outings and activities provide students with opportunities to communicate with the local community in different environments, and expose students to the historical and cultural heritage of India, the diversity of its regions and peoples, as well as various components of modern-day Indian society. Cultural activities may include yoga, dance, traditional music, and volunteer experiences in local schools.

Program Location: India
Program Dates: July through May
Accommodations: Host families or a combination of group housing and host family stays

Why Hindi? Speaking Hindi helps connect you to India’s global influence. “India is also becoming a country of innovation and entrepreneurship. In 2016, there were 19,400 technology startups in India, with almost one-fourth launched in 2015 alone.” Read more.

Good to know: Given the cultural diversity of India, Hindi academic year participants will likely have the opportunity to celebrate several holidays and festivals throughout the year. Participants may also have the opportunity to attend a traditional Indian wedding, which are known for their great size and celebratory traditional dance.

Fun fact! Hindi is the 4th most widely-spoken language in the world! Today, Hindi is spoken in a number of countries outside of India, including Nepal, Fiji, Mauritius, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, and Guyana.

Pre- and Post-Program Expectations

All participants are required to participate in pre-program language learning programs, guided by their implementing organization. All participants must complete a pre-program survey, pre-program language assessments (except for those with no prior target language exposure), several post-program surveys, and language tests.

Find more information on India on the U.S. Embassy site.

Explore multimedia stories about NSLI-Y Hindi summer and academic year programs on NSLI-Y Interactive.

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