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A.S.E. Global Bridges

Bridges to a Shared Future Through Dance

NSLI-Y Russian Language & Culture Way

Summer 2023 (7 Weeks - Hybrid Format)

Summer 2024 Information Coming Soon

A.S.E. Global Bridges (ASE) is honored to collaborate with the American Councils for International Education as an implementing organization for the prestigious NSLI FOR YOUTH scholarship program. NSLI-Y is an official program of the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs (ECA) which introduces American high-school students to 8 languages considered under taught in the United States.

This acclaimed scholarship program offers academically high-achieving students of ballet a unique experience that combines in-depth introduction to Russian language and culture, in addition to their ballet training. Award of the NSLI-Y scholarship is merit based through an application process. No prior Russian language experience is necessary to be considered. Successful participants will receive an official U.S. Department of State Certificate of Completion, a nationally recognized OPI Certificate attesting to language acquisition level, and will become lifetime members of the ECA Alumni global community and network. ​

ASE’s NSLI-Y Program joins its mission of fostering a dialogue of mutual understanding, respect and shared values with the goals of the NSLI FOR YOUTH program:

  • To develop 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 improve the ability of Americans to engage with the people of Russian-speaking countries through shared language

  • To spark a lifetime interest in foreign languages and cultures among American youth

Applicants must meet all eligibility requirements detailed below and be enrolled in good standing at all times in John Cranko SII Program. FOR 2023 ONLY: The 7-week program will be structured so that participant can be enrolled in any of the BBASI NY or CT Sessions, though all NSLI-Y activities must be attended to successfully complete the program.

For details about the general NSLI FOR YOUTH program visit NSLI-Y website (NOTE: A.S.E.'s Program details may differ). For additional information regarding A.S.E.’s Virtual NSLI-Y Program, email Irina Zakharchenko:

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Program Length

Seven Weeks: June 19* - August 4, 2023

Culminates in an Observation Day​

NSLI FOR YOUTH, a nationally acclaimed program of 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. It is one of four U.S. Department of State high school exchange programs that annually prepare over 1,000 young Americans to succeed in the 21st century's global economy by developing their foreign language skills, increasing their cross-cultural understanding, strengthening their leadership capacity, and fostering new academic insights and ambitions. Successful participants will receive an official U.S. Department of State Certificate of Completion, a nationally recognized OPI Certificate attesting to language acquisition level, and will become lifetime members of the ECA Alumni global community and network. The NSLI-Y program is recognized by US leading colleges and is known for providing opportunities to American youth to spark a lifetime interest in language learning and engagement with people and cultures abroad.

Click here to view the 2023 NSLI-Y Hybrid Sample Schedule

Participation: Participants are expected to be mature, self-directed learners who can actively participate in all of the program's activities. Attendance at all scheduled activities and completion of assignments are mandatory. The program’s focus is on language and cultural learning. 

Prior to the start of virtual class sessions, participants will be expected to complete/attend some activities including, but not limited to:

  • Student orientation

  • Pre-program survey

  • Orientation to meet teacher/classmates

  • Brief assignments or readings

On-Program Requirements:​

  • Attend and actively participate in all classes and program activities.

  • ​Complete homework assignments and projects.

  • Complete required program surveys.

Post-Program Expectations:

  • Complete post-program survey

  • Participate in closing ceremony

  • Become a member of the ECA Alumni community

Certificate of Completion:
To receive a U.S. Department of State certificate of completion, participants must: 

  • Complete pre-program and post-program surveys

  • Attend and actively participate in all scheduled activities 

  • Complete all homework assignments outside of classroom hours as required

  • Timely complete the OPI exam, demonstrating language acquisition at the expected level

Participants may apply for in-person NSLI-Y and other ECA programs in the future if they meet eligibility requirements.

Week of June 12*: Pre-program Virtual Orientations
Week of June 19: Program Activities Virtual
June 25 - August 4**: Program Activities Hybrid
**Resident Finalists may be asked to arrive 1 day early. 

April 2, 2023 - 10:00pm U.S. EST

Application Deadline

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