Michael Lupsa

Michael Lupsa

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Third OHIO student wins Critical Language Scholarship

Michael Lupsa will study Arabic in Jordan

Sophomore Michael Lupsa is one of three Ohio University students and 575 in the nation to receive a 2010 Critical Language Scholarship.

The Critical Language Scholarships for Intensive Summer Institutes is a United States Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs program. It offers intensive overseas summer studies to U.S. students in an array of languages that are critical to U.S. security.

Applicants are chosen based on their level of commitment and intent to continue language study after participating in the CLS Program. They also are evaluated on their previous academic coursework and language study.

Lupsa, a communications studies-public advocacy major in the Scripps College of Communications, will study in Jordan this summer. He will be studying Arabic in intensive language classes as well as cultural immersion.

"I love languages,” Lupsa said, adding that he grew up speaking Romanian with extended family. “I believe that when you speak a language, you don't just speak words, you speak culture."

Lupsa is from Westlake, Ohio, and is a member of the Global Leadership Center and the president of the university's Italian Club.     
He will arrive in Washington, D.C., on June 13 for a two-day orientation with other CLS students slated to study in Jordan. He is scheduled to arrive in Jordan on June 15 and return to the U.S. in mid-August.  

"Michael can rightly feel proud about receiving a prestigious Critical Language Scholarship to further his study of Arabic, and I am delighted for him," said Beth Clodfelter, director of U.S. Fulbright programs and liaison for international partnerships. "Through his
demonstrated interest in languages and in using Arabic in the future, Michael has earned an outstanding opportunity to spend the summer in Jordan and to be immersed in the Arabic language."

The scholarship covers all program expenses, including mandatory pre-departure orientation costs, applicable visa fees, room, board, program-sponsored travel within country and entrance fees for program activities.

"Michael is a student with tremendous motivation and the patience necessary to learn Arabic,” said Bouchra Kachoub, Lupsa’s Arabic professor. “I love the fact that he remembers everything I teach in class and that he actually tries to utilize it as soon as he can.

Michael is that kind of student who absorbs the material on the spot. His contributions in class are outstanding."

Two other OHIO students have won this award this year, and will be studying abroad this summer. Kayleigh Forhan, a senior political science major in the Honors Tutorial College, will study Chinese in Beijing and Jill Granberg, a master's student in communication and development studies, will study Arabic in Oman.