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Every day, students around the country are being recognized for their language skills and dedication to cultural awareness. Learn how these students have made a difference in the world while gaining meaningful experiences that will help launch their future careers.

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Learn how these four students with disabilities are redefining “success” as they accomplish international exchange and language learning goals on their own terms at home and abroad.

Three University of Tennessee (Knoxville) students are now preparing for careers in public service after being awarded Critical Language Scholarships to study Russian, Korean, and Arabic.

Two civic-minded University of Virginia students have been awarded Boren Scholarships to study the languages and cultures of Tajikistan and Poland.

Five Mercer University students have been awarded Gilman Scholarships  to study or intern abroad this year in places including South Africa, the Dominican Republic, Spain, Morocco, and Peru. 

Texas State University graduate student Alfredo was awarded a Boren Fellowship to study Portuguese in Brazil—and he’s blogging the experience to share with other students back home!

Five College Consortium students’ language skills and immersion experiences were spotlighted at the 3rd Annual Student Symposium “Building Bridges Through Languages,” held at Smith College. To view the entire playlist of student presentations, click here!


Graduating Penn State senior Ethan will be studying politics and international relations, along with the Chinese language at Yenching Academy of Peking University in Beijing, thanks to a scholarship from the Chinese university. 

Fellowships, internships, graduate degrees, travel, and dream jobs: recent alumni of the University of Kansas’ School of Languages, Literatures & Cultures share how learning a language has made a difference in their lives.

These University of Oklahoma and Oklahoma City University Boren Scholars are preparing for a future in public service—studying in Morocco and Taiwan!

Samanyu, a rising high school senior, will be living with a host family and taking classes at Nanjing University in China as a NSLI-Y Scholar. 600 NSLI-Y students are headed abroad with this program sponsored by State Department’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs and administered by American Councils for International Education.

University of Kentucky student Sarah was awarded a prestigious NSEP Boren Scholarship that allowed her to study education and teaching at a Japanese university.

Six Fulbright fellowship winners from Connecticut College bring their passion for languages to the classroom as teaching assistants in countries including Georgia, Thailand, Azerbaijan, Mexico, Russia, and Spain.

Southern Utah University graduate McKenna struggled with Spanish as a high school student and never dreamed she’d become a Spanish major in college. By confronting and overcoming her anxiety, she discovered a love of the Spanish language that has allowed her to connect with people from around the world—including an unforgettable experiences working and living at a Mexican orphanage after graduation.

Critical Language Scholarship awardees from the University of New Mexico speak to the impact that study abroad experiences have made on their lives.