David Mock, a sophomore at Galva High School has won a Scholarship to travel to Chisinau,
Moldova for the NSLI-Y 2020 Russian Summer in Moldova.
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) program was launched in 2006 to
promote critical language learning among American youth. The U.S. Department of State, in
cooperation with American Councils for International Education, awards and administers merit-
based scholarships to high school students for participation in summer and academic year
immersion programs in locations where the seven NSLI-Y languages are spoken. NSLI-Y
immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country, giving them formal and informal
language practice and sparking a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures.
The NSLI-Y program is an intensive, immersive language program that provides the tools you
will need to improve markedly in the target language. Students attend formal, structured
language classes five days per week.
American Councils collaborates with Ion Creangă Pedagogical State University
(Государственный педагогический университет имени Иона Крянгэ) to implement the
NSLI-Y program. The university was established in August 1940 as the Pedagogical Institute
Moldovan State and was renamed in honor of the Romanian writer Ion Creangă in 1952. The
university’s academic departments include Computer Science and IT, Foreign Languages,
Psychology and Special Education, Philosophy, History, Pedagogy, Arts and Design, Continuing
Education, Management, and Social Professions.
All participants are required to complete the online Mandatory Pre-Program Course. The online
course lasts approximately 5-8 weeks. All NSLI-Y participants will travel to Washington, D.C.
on June 11 for the mandatory Pre-Departure Orientation held at the American Councils office
before their international departure. David will be in Moldova from June 13 th to July 30 th 2020.