UCSB Graduate Students Receive U.S. State Department Language Scholarships

Three graduate students at UC Santa Barbara have been selected to receive U.S. Department of State 2010 Critical Language Scholarships. They are among 575 graduate and undergraduate students who were selected from a pool of 5,300 applicants.

The recipients are Andrew Magnusson and Eric Massey, doctoral students in the history department, and Jayne Lee, who is earning her master's degree in global and international studies. Each will spend the summer studying Arabic at an intensive language institute in a country where that language is spoken. Magnusson and Massey will visit Morocco, while Lee will study in Egypt.

The State Department's Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program was launched in 2006 to increase opportunities for American students to study critical-need languages overseas, as part of a wider effort by the U.S. government to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering these languages. The program is administered by the Council of American Overseas Research Centers and the American Councils for International Education.

Students in the CLS program are among the more than 40,000 academic and professional exchange program participants supported annually by the State Department's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, which serves to promote mutual understanding and respect between the people of the U.S. and those of other countries.

More information about the program is available at www.clscholarship.org.

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