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Obregon-Cuebas receives U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship

Omar Obregon-Cuebas, a UNCG undergraduate, has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Arabic in Meknes, Morocco, this summer.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages. CLS scholars gain critical language and cultural skills that enable them to contribute to U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. Obregon-Cuebas is one of approximately 550 competitively selected American students at U.S. colleges and universities who received a CLS award in 2017.

CLS provides scholarships to U.S. undergraduate and graduate students to spend eight to ten weeks overseas studying one of 14 critical languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Swahili, Turkish, or Urdu. The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. CLS scholars are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future careers.

“Critical” languages are those that are less commonly taught in U.S. schools, but are essential for America’s engagement with the world.

More information and a list of past UNCG recipients is here.