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Irving Student to Study Arabic in Jordan on U.S. Department of State NSLI-Y Scholarship


Irving, Texas. July 3, 2018

Tanya Raghu, a high school student in Irving, Texas, has been awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) scholarship for2018-19 by theU.S. State Department'sBureau of Educational andCultural Affairs.Tanya will study Arabic in Jordan for the Summer.

Tanya, competitively selected out of over 3,300 applications from across the United States, is one of approximately 670 students who will study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Indonesian or Russian overseas this coming year. While in Jordan,Tanya will receive formal language instruction, live with a host family and experience the local culture as part of an immersion environment.

The NSLI-Y program is part of a multi-agency U.S. Government initiative launched in 2006 to improve Americans' ability to communicate in select critical languages to advance international dialogue and increase American economic global competitiveness. The goals of the NSLI-Yprogram include: promoting critical language learning among American youth; enhancing cross-cultural understanding and deepening trust; sparking a lifetime of interest in foreign language and culture; and developing the skills to advance international dialogue, compete effectively in the global marketplace, promote mutual understanding, and contribute to a more peaceful world.

NSLI-Y is administered by American Councils for International Education in cooperation with AFS-USA, American Cultural Exchange Service, AMIDEAST, iEARN-USA, the Russian American Foundation, Stony Brook University, the University of Delaware, the University of North Carolinaat Charlotte, and the University of Wisconsin.

Applications for 2019-20 NSLI-Y programs are expected to be available at in the late summer. For information about all U.S. Department of State exchange programs for American high school students, visit

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