NSLI for YOUTH Moscow (Ages 15-18)

NSLI for YOUTH Moscow (Ages 15-18)

About

Summer 2015 dates:

July 11, 2015 – August 22, 2015

9461978290_c4207165dc_zIn 2014, for the fifth year in a row, the Russian American Foundation was selected as an implementing organization for the highly prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH Scholarship to Study Language Abroad Program funded by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, in cooperation with American Councils for International Education.  14944791008_294a43d8c7_zRAF is honored to continue offering the NSLI FOR YOUTH Russian Language & Culture; RAF and Bolshoi Way to its BBA families.

This highly successful program allows RAF to send fifteen pre-professional ballet students, selected from a national pool, to Moscow on an all-expense-paid six-week summer educational and pre-professional program which combines Russian language instruction, cultural immersion, and ballet training with Master Teachers of Moscow’s Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

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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 students’ 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 students expect from RAF’s partnership with the Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

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.”

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

Program

PROGRAM

NSLI FOR YOUTH, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State, 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 FOR YOUTH summer 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 students to study Russian language. In-class instruction will be supplemented by various cultural activities designed to increase participants’ knowledge of modern day Russian culture, society and people. RAF’s NSLI FOR YOUTH program is unique as participants also train 3 hours/day with world-renowned Master Teachers at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography (MGAKh), known as the famed Bolshoi Ballet Academy.

LOCATION

During the week, participants live in the heart of Moscow and enjoy the advantages of having the city center at their fingertips. With sites like Red Square, Old Arbat, Gorky Park, and many others easily accessible, students are invited to explore Russia’s capital city on their own. On the weekends, students live with their host families, who typically host one to two American students each weekend. During their time with their host families, students become part of rich Russian cultural traditions centered on family life. In the past, host families have taken our students to visit cultural sites including Moscow’s parks and markets, to family celebrations, and even to the dacha!

CULTURAL PROGRAM*

RAF plans several organized cultural events to help expand participants’ understanding of Russia. The nature of this program encourages students 15131386025_a573d1ff53_zto explore the city on their own in addition to RAF’s cultural program. Previously, the organized cultural program has included events such as:

  • 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

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For more general information on the NSLI FOR YOUTH scholarship program, please visit the official website.

*Program details are subject to change
**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:

  • U.S. Citizen
  • Enrolled in High School at the time of the application
  • 15-18 years of age at start of program (birth date between July 15, 1996 and June 10, 2000)
  • Have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale
  • 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-Y administering organization whose duties involve the NSLI-Y program
  • Have not previously traveled outside the U.S. on a long-term (more than eight weeks) program sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, Department of State
  • Have not participated in an NSLI-Y summer program previously

Program Specific Requirements:

  • Participants must be at a novice-level in Russian language study
  • Participants cannot have dual U.S. – Russian citizenship, nor have been born in Russia
  • Enrolled in the 2015 BBASI NYC
  • By applying to RAF’s 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 RAF’s NSLI-Y Bolshoi 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 a comprehensive list of all NSLI FOR YOUTH program requirements, please visit the official website.

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

Application

APPLICATION PROCESS:

1) Applicant must be enrolled in the 2014 New York Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive to participate (if you are already enrolled in the 6-week session and are selected as a Finalist, you will be reimbursed for the final 3-week session).

2) Applicant is required to submit all necessary documents in a timely manner. Please download the Q&A FORM and the APPLICATION FORM for complete instructions. Read both from start to finish before filling out the application form. You will need to complete the Application Form both in print and online. The online application form can be found here. Click here to download an informational document that may assist teachers in writing your recommendation.

3) RAF must receive all forms in the office by FRIDAY, MARCH 21st, 2014.

4) RAF Selection Committee will review all applications, conduct phone and/or personal interviews with semi-finalists, and will make final determinations by April 25th, 2014. Determinations will be made based on a point system in 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 Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Program. However, all interested and registered students for the 2014 Bolshoi Ballet Academy Summer Intensive Program are encouraged to apply for the NSLI FOR YOUTH program.

For questions regarding the NSLI-Y Program please contact:
               Ashley Schneider
               Program Coordinator, BBASI/NSLI-Y Programs
               E-mail: aschneider@russianamericanfoundation.org
               Phone at 212-687-6118 ext. 201

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

Testimonials

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE PROGRAM FROM PAST PARTICIPANTS:

Read about participant Alana’s experience on the NSLI-Y website here.

Watch NSLI-Y participants share their experiences on NBCNews here.

Read testimonials from past participants by clicking on their names: Kelsey, Mable, Alexis, Laurie, Anna Corinne, Haley.

Watch participants show off their Russian language skills and give a tour of their dormitory in Moscow here.

View photos from past NSLI-Y programs here.

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

Finalists

RAF CONGRATULATES ITS 2014 NSLI-Y FINALISTS:

Davia Bunch, South Carolina

Anastasia Calzaretto, New Jersey

Samuel David, New York

Emily Fennell, Maryland

Leah Garman, Maryland

Caroline Kraft, Ohio

Katherine Kurata, Connecticut

Elizabeth Lindsey, Alabama

Leah Morris, Virginia

Erika Pugh, Pennsylvania

Jaya Puglise, Vermont

Sophia Sevier, Washington

McCall Sheetz, California

Safia Speer, New Jersey

Olivia Thurman, New York

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