NSLI for YOUTH MOSCOW (Ages 15-18)

NSLI for YOUTH MOSCOW (Ages 15-18)

About

2017 Summer Dates Coming Soon!


2016 Program Dates: July 16 – August 27

9461978290_c4207165dc_zFor the seventh year in a row, the Russian American Foundation was selected as an implementing organization for the highly prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH Scholarships to Study Language Abroad Program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in collaboration with American Councils for International Education. RAF is honored to continue offering the NSLI-Y Russian Language & Culture, RAF and Bolshoi Way to its Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Program participants.

This highly successful program allows RAF to send, on a full scholarship, academically high-achieving students of ballet to Moscow on a summer educational and pre-professional program. The comprehensive experience combines Russian language instruction, cultural immersion, and ballet training with Teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy.Finished masterpieces-001

For those selected to participate, the NSLI FOR YOUTH Program will start immediately after the end of the first BBASI 3-week session in New York. The NSLI FOR YOUTH program is meant to recognize participants’ academic
merit and interest in Russian language and culture. No prior language experience is necessary to be considered. The Program will be designed to give full linguistic and cultural immersion, in addition to the high quality ballet training that participants expect from RAF’s partnership with Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

6 August - Red Square (17)RAF’ NSLI-Y Program combines RAF’s mission of promoting a non-partisan bilateral dialogue and the goals of the NSLI for YOUTH program, as relating to Russia:

  • To improve the ability of Americans to engage with the people of Russian-speaking countries through shared language
  • To develop a cadre of Americans with advanced linguistic skills and related cultural understanding who are able to use their linguistic and cultural skills to advance international dialogue and compete effectively in the global economy
  • To provide a tangible incentive for the learning and use of foreign language by creating overseas language study opportunities for U.S. high school students
  • To spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures among American youth

Former U.S. Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul (May 2012): “I can’t stress enough how important these exchanges are in building a strong relationship between our countries… These exchanges provide academic opportunities for students in all fields. But indirectly, they also help to undermine stereotypes. Nothing is worse for scientific advance, business development, or international cooperation than assumptions based on false impressions or factual inaccuracies. Greater engagement and understanding does not always lead to common interests or shared values. But interaction between our societies at least reduces the probability of disagreements based on misperceptions and increases the opportunities of collaboration between individuals, companies, non-governmental organizations, universities, and governments.

For questions regarding the RAF NSLI-Y Program please read our FAQ Page or contact:
Maria Kaushansky
NSLI-Y Programs
E-mail: mkaushansky@russianamericanfoundation.org
Phone at 212-687-6118 ext. 201

*Program details are subject to change.
** The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Russian American Foundation (“RAF”), and implemented in collaboration with local independent entities in Russia and U.S. Additionally, unaffiliated service providers are used through-out the program.

***Program implementation subject to available funding of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Program

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NSLI FOR YOUTH, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students and recent high school graduates to learn less commonly taught languages in summer and academic-year overseas immersion programs. NSLI-Y is part of a U.S. government initiative that prepares American citizens to be leaders in a global world.

RAF’s NSLI-Y program offers a unique opportunity to its participants’ to acquire Russian language skills, cultural competency and augment their ballet training through in-class language instruction, authentic cultural activities, host family stays and ballet training at Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy. Formal language classes, 4 hours/day, and individual assignments will provide formal environment for participants to study Russian language. In-class instruction will be supplemented by various cultural activities designed to increase participants’ knowledge of the culture, society, and10 August - Russian Class-001 people of Modern Day Russia. RAF’s NSLI-Y program is unique as participants also train 3 hours/day with world-renowned Teachers at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (MGAKh), known as the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

During the week, participants reside in the dormitories of the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, while on the weekends participants live with assigned host families, who typically host one to two American participants each. During their time with their host families, participants become part of the rich Russian traditions centered on family life, practice linguistic skills, and experience local culture first hand. Host families often take participants to city sites, parks, markets, and even to the dacha (a weekend summer house in the outskirts of the city) and involve them in family holidays and traditions; such as cooking, birthday celebrations, and other aspects of locals’ life.

Successful participants strive to succeed both academically, by improving their language skills, and culturally, by gaining an understanding and appreciation for a new way of life. Participants should expect to immerse themselves in the language and cultural experience; they should not expect to complete academic work for their U.S. school while abroad. Participants should also be prepared to demonstrate open-mindedness, flexibility, and initiative in negotiating the cross-cultural environment, as well as to navigate the challenges inherent to any cross-cultural experience, including conditions and circumstances significantly different from those in the U.S. All participants should expect to have homework and take exams during the course of the program.

LOCATION

nsliy_2012_certificatesThe Bolshoi Ballet Academy is located in the heart of Moscow, with sites like Red Square, Old Arbat, Gorky Park, and many others easily accessible for participants. The host families are spread throughout the Moscow metro-area and different neighborhoods. While no participant is allowed to travel beyond Moscow and its surrounding suburbs, host families are encouraged to introduce participants to the diversity of Moscow’s neighborhoods, from city center to the dacha in the outskirts of the city.

 

CULTURAL PROGRAM*

RAF plans several organized cultural events to help expand participants’ understanding of Russia. The nature of this program encourages participants to explore the city on their own in addition to RAF’s cultural program. Previously, the organized cultural program has included events such as:Participants with members of the Young Art Enthusiasts Club in front of the fountain at the All-Russia Exhibition Center

  • meeting with foreign service officers at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow
  • master classes and gallery tours with world-renowned Russian artists
  • attendance of Moscow’s theaters and ballet companies
  • restaurant outings for authentic Russian cuisine

SUPERVISION & PROGRAM PREPARATION

Moscow is one of the most dynamic and fascinating cities in the world.  Similar to New York, it is a big city and, therefore, regular awareness, common sense, and caution are expected from all participants at all times.

While RAF takes great care to ensure the safety and well-being of participants during the Program, our ability to do so depends, in part, on serious preparation of participants and their families for the experience. All Participants in the Program are expected to be mature and responsible in their decision making process, to be able to function independently, to understand the inherent risks involved in overseas travel, to understand the rigorous nature of the Program, and to comply with all rules, laws, and regulations of the Program and the overseas host country and hosts. The Program is structured so that, in addition to organized and chaperoned activities, participants are encouraged to explore Moscow on their own. Attendance at all Program activities and curfew is mandatory.  An American Resident Advisor will accompany the group on the overseas trip, will reside with the group at the Academy residency, and will be available to participants for overall guidance and 24/7 emergency assistance. Resident Advisor will not accompany participants during their free time, individual activities, and/or during their stays at host families.

While in many respects Moscow is like the big cities in the US and shares a similar level of risks, there are some country specific ones. Below are important links that will assist candidates and their families to understand some of the Russia specific risks, advisories, and recommendations which are relevant to travel to Russia:

US Department of State – Russia

Centers for Disease Control & Prevention – Russia

Smart Travel Enrollment Program

US Embassy in Moscow Messages & Travel Alerts

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For questions regarding the RAF NSLI-Y Program please read our FAQ Page or contact:
Maria Kaushansky
E-mail: mkaushansky@russianamericanfoundation.org
Phone at 212-687-6118 ext. 201

For more general information on NSLI FOR YOUTH Scholarships to Study Language Abroad program, please visit the official website.

 

*Program details are subject to change
** The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Russian American Foundation (“RAF”), and implemented in collaboration with local independent entities in Russia and U.S. Additionally, unaffiliated service providers are used through-out the program.

***Program implementation subject to available funding of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Eligibility

ELIGIBILITY REQUIREMENTS:

An applicant MUST meet the following general requirements:

  • A U.S. Citizen
  • Have a valid U.S. passport at the time of application
  • Enrolled in High School (including home school) at the time of application
  • 15-18 years of age at start of program  (birthdate between July 10, 1997 and June 10, 2001)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • Abide by US. Department of State Eligibility Policy for American Outbound Youth Programs
    • Not an immediate family member of an employee of the U.S. Department of State who works in the Youth Programs Division of the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs or an employee at a NSLI for YOUTH administering organization whose duties involve the NSLI for YOUTH Program
    • Have not previously traveled outside the U.S. on a long-term (more than eight-week) program sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
    • Have not participated in an NSLI for Youth summer program previously

Program Specific Requirements:

  • Participants must be at a beginning level in Russian language study
  • Participants cannot have dual U.S. – Russian citizenship, or have been born in Russia
  • Participants must be enrolled in the BBASI NYC Program
  • Any semi-finalist who is being considered as a finalist will be required to provide and complete additional documentation including, but not limited to: Scholarship Acceptance Forms, Participant Agreement, medical evaluation, registration in the U.S. Department of State Program website, and others as required.
  • By applying to the RAF NSLI-Y Program, all participants and their families acknowledge and agree to abide by the laws, rules, and regulations of the United States, the NSLI-Y Program, and RAF. Additionally, by applying to the RAF NSLI-Y Program, all participants and their families acknowledge and agree to abide by the laws, rules, and regulations of the Russian Federation, the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, and Foreign Hosts.

For questions regarding the RAF NSLI-Y Program please read our FAQ Page or contact:
               Maria Kaushansky
               E-mail: mkaushansky@russianamericanfoundation.org
               Phone at 212-687-6118 ext. 201

For a comprehensive list of all NSLI FOR YOUTH program requirements, please visit the official website.

*Program details are subject to change
** The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Russian American Foundation (“RAF”), and implemented in collaboration with local independent entities in Russia and U.S. Additionally, unaffiliated service providers are used through-out the program.

***Program implementation subject to available funding of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Application

INFORMATION ABOUT SUMMER 2017 COMING SOON!

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APPLICATION PROCESS:

  1. Applicant must be enrolled in 2016 BBASI NY to participate (those chosen as finalists who are enrolled in the BBASI NY 6-week session will be reimbursed for the 2nd 3-weeks)
  2. In order to apply, Applicant must first submit Notification of Intended Application form by clicking here.
  3. Further application instructions and materials will be sent via the BBASI Dashboard/email to all who complete the above steps within one week of form submission.
  4. Applicant will be asked to submit:
    • Part I (ONLINE SUBMISSION) – Must be submitted by March 28, 2016, 5:00 PM:
      • online program application form
    • Part II (SUBMISSION BY MAIL) – Must be received RAF’s office by March 28, 2016, 5:00 PM:
      • written supplementary application form (including 1 additional personal essay)
      • official student transcript (reflecting applicant’s GPA and courses)- must be submitted in a sealed envelope with school’s seal and/or administrator’s signature
      • 2 academic teachers’ recommendations (with provided contact information, to be submitted in signed, sealed envelopes)
      • Copy of valid U.S. passport (image must be clear and in color. The passport must be signed)
      • Additional forms will be required on the part of semi-finalists and finalists.
  5. All materials must be received by no later than March 28, 2016, 5:00 PM at the following address. Materials listed above in Part II must be received in hard copy by the deadline at the following address:

Russian American Foundation
Attn: Maria Kaushansky / NSLIY
1560 Broadway, Suite 500
New York, NY 10036

  1. Selection Committee will review all applications, conduct phone interviews with semi-finalists, and will make final determinations in late April 2016. Determinations will be made based on the following areas: a) exhibited interest in Russian language and Russian culture, b) academic excellence, c) demonstrated maturity. As RAF is responsible to the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to make sure that each participant excels and meets the goals of the Program, the Selection Committee reserves the right to award extra points to applicants who have demonstrated maturity and dedication during past enrollment in RAF’s BBASI Programs. However, all interested and registered students for the 2016 BBASI NYC are encouraged to apply for the RAF NSLI-Y Program.

For questions regarding the RAF NSLI-Y Program please read our FAQ Page or contact:
               Maria Kaushansky
               E-mail: mkaushansky@russianamericanfoundation.org
               Phone at 212-687-6118 ext. 201

*Program details are subject to change
** The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Russian American Foundation (“RAF”), and implemented in collaboration with local independent entities in Russia and U.S. Additionally, unaffiliated service providers are used through-out the program.

***Program implementation subject to available funding of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Testimonials

Testimonials from Past Participants and their Families

“The experience our daughter had as a young person in Russia, with such unique opportunities to experience the language and culture will influence her whole life.” – Parent of past RAF NSLI-Y Participant


“The experience was life changing for our daughter. She has a more focused attitude towards her college search and a stronger comfort level as to what direction she would like to move towards career wise … She has developed a real awareness and love for Russia!” -Parent of past RAF NSLI-Y Participant


“Amazingly, I have formed connections with people on the other side of the world, learning their way of life and showing them my own.” – RAF NSLI-Y Alum, 15 yo, CA


“This program has really opened my eyes to a wider world and has made me excited to travel even more after it finishes. I feel I can take on the world and overcome many more obstacles now. I have discovered that I have been able to navigate and adapt to the culture shock much better than I expected and this has made me more confident and reassured in myself as a person. ”
– RAF NSLI-Y Alum, 15 yo, OH


“Although dancing at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy was a dream come true, the time I spent with my host mom totally changed my outlook on the world. Getting a first-hand look into the Russian culture made me 17 August - Ya Lyublyu Moskvu (2)-001appreciate just how wonderfully diverse our world is! My host mom made me fall in love with the Russian culture and language. ” – RAF NSLI-Y Alum, 17 yo, FL


“What an amazing life changing opportunity for my son. It has exploded his world view and increased his curiosity about other cultures … he is well suited and prepared to go in any direction he chooses. Moscow is now at the forefront his daily thoughts, both culturally and politically.” – Parent of past RAF NSLI-Y Participant


“Living with Russians and experiencing their everyday lives has allowed me to understand Russia a little bit better. Overall, I feel more educated, worldly, and compassionate.”
– RAF NSLI-Y Alum, 18 yo, CA


“This trip has opened so many doors for me. I never had seriously thought of a career in a language but now it is a priority of mine.” – RAF NSLI-Y Alum, 17 yo, VA


“The program enriched and affected my daughter skills above the expectation. The team work, confidence, leadership, global awareness- all these values are priceless and will have a huge influence on her future life.” – Parent of past RAF NSLI-Y Participant


View photos from past NSLI-Y programs here.


Watch the video below made by 2015 NSLI-Y Alum Katherine Free about her experiences during the BBASI NY and NSLI-Y Moscow Programs!


Watch past NSLI-Y participants show off their Russian language skills and give a tour of their dormitory in Moscow.


*Program details are subject to change
** The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Russian American Foundation (“RAF”), and implemented in collaboration with local independent entities in Russia and U.S. Additionally, unaffiliated service providers are used through-out the program.

***Program implementation subject to available funding of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

Finalists

RAF CONGRATULATES ITS 2016 NSLI-Y FINALISTS:

 

nsliy-ballet-2Kaitlyn Dal Bon, NJ

Elizabeth Delp, CT

Ashley Fox, WA

Emily Hester, DC

Isabella Janssen, SC

Chloe Koutroulis, CA

Michele Loughlin, NJ

Grace McCarthy, NJ

Alexandra Merz, NC

Mary Polhemus, CA

Danielle Sinko, CO

Sarah Soares, MA

Anna Zheng, CA

 

*Program details are subject to change
** The Program is funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, administered by the Russian American Foundation (“RAF”), and implemented in collaboration with local independent entities in Russia and U.S. Additionally, unaffiliated service providers are used through-out the program.

***Program implementation subject to available funding of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs