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Baruch College Student Awarded Critical Language Scholarship to Study in Morocco



The U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship funds summer overseas language programs for college and graduate students

Olivia Sztanga, CLS Award winner

New York, NY May 18, 2017 Olivia Sztanga (’17) has earned a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) to study Arabic in Morocco this summer. The CLS is an intensive overseas language study program funded by the U.S. Department of State. 

Sztanga, who is graduating this June with a BA in Economics and Political Science, will spend the summer studying the language at the American School of Tangier.

“I’ve always loved the Arabic language and after taking the two levels here at Baruch, I’m excited to learn more,” says Sztanga. “There aren’t as many programs as rigorous as CLS and I look forward to challenging myself.”

Sztanga first learned about CLS through Baruch College’s Office of National and Prestigious Fellowships, which guided her through the application process.

Sztanga is also looking forward to immersing herself in Moroccan culture and hopes the experience will better serve her career goals.

“Ultimately, I want to go into the immigration policy or advocacy field. Learning Arabic will better equip me to help refugees or asylum seekers from the Middle East, where there is a pressing need for aid.”

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

 

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