Two Franklin & Marshall College students have been selected for the U.S. Department of State's prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic abroad.
The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. It provides fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and 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.
Selected finalists for the 2014 CLS program come from all 50 states, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia and represent more than 200 institutions of higher education from across the United States, including public and private universities, liberal arts colleges, minority-serving institutions, and community colleges.
Franklin & Marshall Professor of Spanish & Linguistics Kim Armstrong, who with her colleagues hosted a lunch to inform students about the CLS Program, said the students "will really be able to push their language skills to a higher level" through the program and later share their experiences with other F&M students.
"I can't wait to hear about their trips upon their return, and of course, when we have the CLS information session next fall, we will have two alumni of the program to answer their questions," Armstrong said.
CLS Program participants are among the more than 40,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. The CLS program is administered by American Councils for International Education and The Ohio State University/Ohio University.
For further information about the CLS Program or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit http://www.clscholarship.org and http://exchanges.state.gov.