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Hampshire’s Leanna Pohevitz and Charlotte Giles Receive U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships

Two Hampshire College students were awarded U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarships for summer 2009: Charlotte Giles studied Urdu in India, and Leanna Pohevitz studied Arabic in Egypt.

The Critical Language Scholarships (CLS) for Intensive Summer Institutes Program was launched in 2006 to increase opportunities for American students to study critical-need languages overseas.

The Department of State is awarding 2009 scholarships to more than 500 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students for the study of Arabic, Indic languages (Bangla/Bengali, Hindi, Punjabi, Urdu), Turkic languages (Turkish, Azerbaijani), Chinese, Korean, Persian, and Russian. U.S. students spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes this summer in twelve countries where these languages are spoken.

The CLS Program is part of a wider U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need languages. Participants in the CLS Program are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship period and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

Recipients participate in intensive language study and cultural immersion through a variety of integrated activities organized as part of the language institutes.

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