Broward County Public Schools (BCPS) College Academy @ Broward College student Jared Rosen will spend his summer studying Chinese in China. Jared was awarded the National Security Language Initiative for Youth scholarship by the U.S. Department of State.

The NSLI-Y program provides merit-based scholarships for eligible high school students to learn less commonly taught languages in overseas immersion programs. Overseas study opportunities are offered in Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian, Russian and Turkish.classroom-467730_1280

The scholarship covers all program costs for participants including domestic and international travel; tuition and related academic preparation; language testing; educational and cultural activities focused on language learning; orientations; meals; and accommodations, usually with a host family.

Through his participation in the program, Jared will serve as a citizen diplomat while developing the skills necessary to be a leader in the global community. He is scheduled to graduate from the College Academy @ BC in June 2013, with an Associate of Arts degree along with his high school diploma.

Launched as part of a U.S. government initiative in 2006, NSLI-Y seeks to increase Americans’ capacity to engage with native speakers of critical languages by providing formal instruction and informal language practice in an immersion environment. Educational and cultural activities are designed to promote language learning and build mutual understanding and long-lasting relationships.

The goals of the NSLI-Y program include sparking a life-long interest in foreign languages and cultures, and developing a corps of young Americans with the skills necessary to advance international dialogue in the private, academic or government sectors, and build upon the foundations developed through person-to-person relationships while abroad.

 

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