As a 2013 Critical Language Scholar, Andrew Szarejko (‘13) will spend eight weeks this summer honing his Turkish language skills at an intensive language institute in Ankara, Turkey.  Andrew began studying Turkish language in 2011, when he participated in UM’s semester exchange program at Koç University near Istanbul. Since his return to campus, he has studied Turkish through UM’s Directed Independent Language Study (DILS) program and received the Critical Language Scholarship for Turkish in 2012.

The CLS Program provides fully-funded, group-based intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences designed to increase language fluency and cultural competency.  CLS Program participants are expected to continue their language study beyond the scholarship and apply their critical language skills in their future professional careers.

A program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, the Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in thirteen critical foreign languages: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu. For further information about the CLS Program or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, please visit and

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