State Department Awards Critical Language Scholarships to UMass Amherst Students

AMHERST, Mass. – Two University of Massachusetts Amherst students have been awarded Critical Language Scholarships by the U.S. Department of State to study Arabic this summer.

Katherine Miller, an anthropology and Middle Eastern studies student, will pursue her language training in Morocco, while Tyler Schuenemann, a Ph.D. student in political science from Fond du Lac, Wisc., will study in Oman.

They are among about 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who were awarded the scholarships, which is part of a federal effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. The CLS Program provides fully funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. CLS participants spend seven to 10 weeks in the intensive language institutes.