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Shelby PowersEight students from Ohio State have been awarded a Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) that will enable them to travel abroad this summer for eight – 10 weeks of intensive foreign language study. The CLS program is part of a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of Americans studying and mastering critical foreign languages.

Shelby Powers, one of Ohio State’s scholarship awardees, will study Arabic at the Arab American Language Institute in Tangier, Morocco. “Receiving this scholarship had been my goal since I started studying Arabic my first semester of college,” she recently wrote in her blog. “I had applied for it in November of 2015 and got news in March of 2016, so it required a lot of patience and uncertainty on my part. Traveling without friends or family and living in a Moroccan home for two months will be far outside of my comfort zone, but also hugely beneficial not only to my Arabic abilities and cultural knowledge, but to my personal growth, adaptability and independence.”

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Ohio State Alumni reception in Mumbai, IndiaAn Ohio State delegation traveled to India in March 2016 to further its strategic partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology-Bombay (IIT-Bombay).

David Williams, dean of the College of Engineering, and Steven Ringel, executive director of the Institute for Materials Research, met with faculty and leaders from IIT-Bombay to discuss current projects and additional ways in which to collaborate. The day-long visit resulted in visiting professor programs and seed grant funding opportunities to support the global research partnership that will be announced later this year. The partnership formally began in January 2015 when the two universities signed a memorandum of understanding to establish joint research projects and programs in materials science fields

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Buckeyes Abroad in IndiaAn online course developed by The Ohio State University and Delhi-based IndoGenius that will help educate students about the importance of India was launched today by the U.S. Ambassador to India, Richard Verma, at the American Center in New Delhi. The course, which will be delivered via the world’s largest online course platform, Coursera, aims to garner a wider interest among U.S. students for study, startup businesses and internship opportunities in India.

The massive open online course (MOOC) is funded through the U.S. Department of State’s Passport to India initiative, which is jointly managed by Ohio State and IndoGenius. Passport to India seeks to increase the number and diversity of American college and university students studying abroad and interning in India by 2020. The program was launched by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in 2011 to create a hub for U.S.-India higher education partnerships and to develop a stronger bond between the youth of both countries by increasing American student mobility.

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