Student Receives Critical Language Scholarship

Shawn Bodden, an English, Russian and linguistics triple major from Florissant, Mo., was selected for the 2012 Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program intensive summer institute in mid-March for his studies in Russian. Bodden will be spending eight weeks in Kazan, Russia this summer as part of his scholarship. While there, he will spend five days a week in the classroom, live with a host family, have a peer tutor and participate in cultural excursions. Bodden plans to use this experience in pursuing a career in diplomacy with a focus on Eastern Europe.

The CLS Program is part of a U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS institutes provide fully funded group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences for seven to 10 weeks for U.S. undergraduate and graduate students. The Program caters to all majors and areas of study.

Students may apply for one language and will be placed at institute sites based on language evaluations after selection. Languages offered include: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish and Urdu.