Silvia Ferriera, Corinne Kalota, Ayhan Ucok, and Elizabeth Weigler are among 631 graduate and undergraduate scholarship recipients who will spend the summer at an intensive language institute in a country where their language of study is spoken. Ferriera will travel to Morocco to study Arabic; Kalota will travel to Tajikstan to study Persian; Ucok will travel to Turkey to study Turkish; and Weigler will travel to India to study Punjabi.
The State Department's Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is part of a U.S. government effort to increase opportunities for American students to study critical-need languages overseas. It is part of a wider effort of the U.S. government to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering thee languages. The program is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research and the American Councils for International Education.
Selected finalists for the 2012 CLS program represent 239 institutions of higher education from across the United States, including public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions, and community colleges.
Students in the CLS program are among more than 40,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which serves to promote mutual understanding and respect between people of the U.S. and those of other countries.
More information about the program is available at http://www.clscholarship.org.