Nine students at the University of Wisconsin–Madison have been awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) to study critical needs languages during the summer of 2016.
These students are among approximately 560 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students nationally selected to participate in the 2016 program. CLS participants will spend eight to 10 weeks in intensive language institutes in 24 locations, studying Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, and Urdu.
The Critical Language Scholarship Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The fully-funded program provides intensive group language instruction and structured cultural-enrichment experiences. Participants are expected to continue their language study and apply their critical language skills in their future careers.