Four University of Iowa students in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences have been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study critical languages during the summer of 2011. The students will spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes in countries where these languages are spoken.
The scholarship recipients are: Jacqueline Cieslak, studying Hindi in India; Rebecca Kreitzer, studying Chinese in China; Addie Leak, studying Arabic in Jordan; and Michelle Quill, studying Bangla/Bengali in Bangladesh.
Quill has been studying Bangla/Bengali through UI International Programs’ Autonomous Language Learning Network, which provides UI students, faculty and staff the opportunity to study critical languages not offered through the UI. She is a Fellow of Crossing Borders, an interdisciplinary unit within International Programs.
Both Cieslak and Quill have also received Stanley grants: Cieslak in 2010 to travel to India and Quill in 2008 to travel to Ireland.
The CLS program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. Approximately 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students received scholarships this year from over 5,200 applicants. CLS program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.