UND law student headed to Azerbaijan this summer for intensive language instruction

UND Law School student Phillip Dehoux has been awarded a U.S. Department of

Phillip Dehoux

Phillip Dehoux

State “Critical Language Scholarship” (CLS) to study critical languages this summer.

Dehoux, 32, from New York City, is set to study the Azerbaijani language in Baku, Azerbaijan.

“I will be taking part in an eight-week immersion program, in which I will receive a year’s worth of instruction in Azerbaijani,” Dehoux said. “I will also be exposed to Azeri culture through group excursions throughout the summer.”

Dehoux is among about 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State to study a variety of languages, including Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bengali/Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Punjabi, Russian and Turkish. The students will spend  between 7-10 weeks in intensive language institutes in 14 countries where the languages are spoken.

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

The 2011 CLS Program received more than 5,200 applications, representing all 50 states.

Dehoux is in his second year at the UND School of Law. He plans on graduating next spring.

“I am interested in international law and business, and in immigration law and policy,” he said. “I hope to apply the skills and the experience I gain over the summer in the international arena after law school graduation.”

The U.S. Department of State launched the CLS Program for Intensive Summer Institutes in 2006 to increase opportunities for American students to study critical-need languages overseas. The program is part of a wider U.S. government effort to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering critical languages.

For more information about the CLS Program or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Cultural Affairs, please visit http://www.clschoalrship.org, or http://exchanges.state.gov

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