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International Studies Student Recognized with State Department Scholarship

June 15, 2018

Alonso Arteaga, a senior International Studies and French student in the University of Idaho College of Letters, Arts and Social Sciences, has been awarded a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study Chinese in Suzhou, China, this summer.

Arteaga, originally from Rupert, Idaho, was awarded the scholarship as part of the Critical Language Scholarship program through the U.S. government. He is spending eight to 10 weeks in the country as part of the immersive program.

The Critical Language Scholarship program is an effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages to benefit U.S. economic competitiveness and national security. According to the State Department, Arteaga is one of approximately 550 American students at more than 230 U.S. colleges and universities who received an award this year for study abroad in one of 14 languages.

The program includes intensive language instruction and structured cultural experiences designed to promote rapid language gains. Critical Language Scholars take part in the program with the expectation that they will use the language in their future careers.

Students interested in information on the Critical Language Scholarship program or other scholarship awards can contact Holly LaHann, distinguished scholarships coordinator, at or 208-885-7724

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