Nisswa student to study Arabic on U.S. Department of State scholarship

Julia Stahnke was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship

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NISSWA — Julia Stahnke, of Nisswa, was awarded a National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship to study Arabic language for eight to 10 months in Morocco.

NSLI‑Y is a program of the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs that promotes critical language learning among American youth.

Stahnke competed with thousands of applicants from high schools across the United States and is one of over 80 students selected to participate in a NSLI‑Y academic year program.

While in Morocco, participants immerse themselves in the local culture and communities, study Arabic language and interact with peers in their host community.

Launched in 2006 as part of a multi-agency U.S. government initiative, NSLI‑Y increases the number of young Americans with the language skills necessary to advance international dialogue, promote economic prosperity and innovation worldwide, and contribute to national security by building understanding across cultures.


Many NSLI‑Y alumni go on to pursue education and careers vital to U.S. national security and credit the program experience with helping them improve their academic, leadership and cross-cultural communication skills.

The U.S. Department of State conducts study abroad programs for over 1,000 American high school students and approximately 3,000 foreign high school students each year.

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