The Critical Language Scholarship

The Critical Language Scholarship Program is a fully funded overseas language and cultural-immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students. Its goal is to broaden the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.

Award Recipients

tallieTallie Hausser, DMSB’19, international business major

Tallie’s love of international cultures began before she was even admitted as a University Scholar. As a high school senior, Tallie interned with a Richmond, Virginia, commission and helped plan a diplomatic visit by Mali officials to Richmond. She later initiated a research project into the effectiveness of Western aid in parts of Africa, and studied Arabic in Morocco through the National Security Language Initiative. Tally will now return to Morocco to perfect her Arabic—another step toward her career goal of consulting and mentoring social enterprises in northern and western Africa.

mokielSydney Mokel, SSH’19, international affairs major

Sydney has studied Mandarin in Northeastern classrooms, but a 2015 Dialogue of Civilizations trip to China with Professor Hua Dong fueled Sydney’s passion for the language. On the class’s first day in Beijing, they awoke at 5 a.m. to see a sunrise flag-raising ceremony in Tiananmen Square, and then immersed themselves in exploring the city. The trip inspired Sydney to team up with friends to create a Chinese Language Table at Northeastern and regularly practice Mandarin outside of class. With this scholarship, Sydney will study Mandarin in the city of Changchun, in northeastern China.