The College of Liberal Arts (CLA) offers courses in more than 30 languages, ranging from Arabic to Swahili. We also have the nation's largest study abroad program that offers more than 300 opportunities in more than 60 different countries. These opportunities are a great way for students to immerse themselves in a language and culture abroad. Students also have support from advisers to pursue national and international scholarships to continue their studies abroad.
Eleven students at the University of Minnesota were recently awarded scholarships from the U.S. State Department to pursue their studies of "critical need" languages. Through the Critical Language Scholars Program, students get the opportunity to study one of the chosen critical needs languages in a country where the language is spoken.
Students from accross the country compete for one of the 575 scholarships that are awarded annually, and eight students from the College of Liberal Arts were awarded one these competitive scholarships. They include four undergraduate students and four graduate students:
Tyler Conklin - Turkish in Turkey
Brianna Crowley - Turkish in Turkey
Susan Metzger - Russian in Russia
Kelly Heitz - Arabic in Jordan
Greta Bliss - Arabic in Jordan
Michelle Baroody - Arabic in Egypt
Dustin Chacon - Bangla/Bengali in Bangladesh
Stephanie Rozman - Hindi in India
After completing one of these programs, students are expected to continue to study the language beyond their study abroad experience and into their future professions. The Critical Language Scholarship is one of many scholarship opportunities available to students at the University of Minnesota. To learn about more opportunities, click here.