Eight New York University students have each been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship by the U.S. Department of State.

Eight New York University students have each been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) by the U.S. Department of State.

Participants in the program will spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in one of 13 countries where they will study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu.

The CLS program is part of a U.S. government effort that aims to increase the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. It provides fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction as well as structured cultural enrichment experiences.

“CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers,” the State Department added in its announcement.

This year’s NYU recipients, along with the languages and locations of study, are: Christina Aguila, Wagner Graduate School of Public Service (Indonesian/Malang, Indonesia); Alex Boodrookas, Graduate School of Arts and Science (GSAS) (Persian/Dushanbe, Tajikistan); Ariela Garvett, Global Liberal Studies (GLS) (Arabic/Meknes, Morocco); Isaac Hand, GSAS (Turkish/Bursa, Turkey); Costanza Maio, GLS (Arabic/Amman, Jordan); Dylan Welch, College of Arts and Science (Chinese/Beijing, China); Zavier Wingham, GSAS (Turkish/Ankara, Turkey); and Sarah Wood, Silver School of Social Work (Arabic/Tangier, Morocco).

Approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students received a scholarship from the CLS Program this year. 
 

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