Three graduate students at UCSB will be traveling to Africa this summer as a part of the U.S. Department of State’s Critical Language Scholarship program (CLS). The UCSB students won these scholarships out of a total of 5,300 applicants and are among the 575 graduates and undergraduates selected across the country. Doctoral students Andrew Magnusson and Eric Massey will be going to Morocco, while Jayne Lee will make her way to Egypt. All three will be studying Arabic, the primary language of both countries, at intensive language institutions.
The Critical Language Scholarship program was initiated in 2006 by the State Department in an effort to increase the number of Americans studying these languages. This year’s CLS participants are just a fraction of the roughly 40,000 professionals and academics supported by the State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.