Opportunities to study your native tongue for little to no money By Mi Hyun Yoon and Ji Won Yoon
As an American-born Asian or as an Asian who immigrated to the United States at a young age, do you feel your knowledge of your native tongue to be lacking? Whether you want to brush up on your native tongue or simply want to study abroad for as little money as possible, check out these scholarship opportunities.
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Confucius Institute Scholarship – Established by Confucius Headquarters, the scholarship has a goal of encouraging students and teachers who are studying and/or teaching Chinese as a second language worldwide to study Chinese language and culture in China. Students can study Chinese at an affiliated university for four weeks, one semester, or one academic year. Scholarship recipients are exempt from registration fees, tuition fees, fees for basic learning materials, and accommodation on campus, and will receive a stipend of approximately $205 (1,400 renminbi) per month and comprehensive medical insurance. To be eligible, applicants are required to have a basic knowledge Chinese language level and be under the age of 55. Language(s) offered: Chinese Website: http://www.hanban.org/jiangxuejin.php
Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) – Sponsored by the United States’ Department of State, Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs since 2006, CLS offers intensive language institutes overseas in critical need foreign languages, as determined by the U.S. government. The institutes include four to five hours of language instruction per day for five days a week. Outside of the
classes, participants will engage in a variety of group-based cultural enrichment activities and excursions. While it’s a highly selective scholarship, all expenses of the participants are paid by U.S. taxpayers’ money, including airfare to and from the language institute, tuition and housing, and the visa. To be eligible for the scholarship, you must be currently enrolled in a degree-granting program at a U.S. college or university and be a U.S. citizen. In 2010, 575 scholarships will be available in thirteen languages. Language(s) offered: Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Indonesian, Japanese, Korean, Persian, Russian, Turkish, and Urdu Website: http://www.clscholarship.org/index.html.
Huayu Scholarship – Established in 2005 by the Taiwan Ministry of Education, the Huayu Scholarship encourages international students and individuals to study Mandarin Chinese in Taiwan. In addition to providing opportunities to study Mandarin language and Taiwan’s culture at university- or college-affiliated Mandarin training centers, this program also aims to contribute to a better command of Mandarin Chinese and hence greater understanding and appreciation of Taiwan’s culture, promote friendship between Taiwan and other countries around the world, and explore opportunities to increase exchange with international education institutions. Recipients can select from award periods of three, six, or nine months, during which time they will be award approximately $790 (NT$25,000) each month and must study receive at least 15 hours per “Scholarships” Continued on page 3