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Critical Language Scholarship Affords Rhodes Grad Further Study in Russia

Publication Date: 5/25/2010

Colin Johnson ’10 will study in Russia this summer as a result of receiving a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS). Johnson recently graduated cum laude with a B.A. degree in international studies and a minor in Russian studies. He also was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa. 

Johnson’s interest in Russian politics led him to study abroad in Saint Petersburg, Russia in 2008 through Rhodes Maymester program. In the spring of 2009, he spent a semester at the University of Tartu in Estonia studying post-USSR development. That summer in Novgorod, Russia, he was an intern for a program working with the social rehabilitation of orphans. A Rhodes student blogger, Johnson has written about some of his study abroad experiences in his posts.

This year, the U.S. Department of State has selected 575 Americans to spend seven to ten weeks in intensive language institutes (e.g. Arabic, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indonesian, Persian, and Russian) in the countries where these languages are spoken. CLS program participants will be involved in cultural immersion activities and are expected to apply their critical language skills beyond the scholarship and even in their future professional careers. 

Johnson plans to study Russian and Central Asian social policy and pursue a Ph.D. in political science at Brown University.
The CLS program was launched in 2006 and is part of a wider U.S. government effort to dramatically expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical-need languages.  The 2010 CLS program received nearly 5,300 applications. For more information, visit: www.clscholarship.org


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