Undergraduate student Eve Lanyi earned a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study the Russian language in Russia this summer.

Lanyi, who is studying cognitive science and dance with a minor in Russian, is among about 575 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students who received a scholarship from the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program in 2012 to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla/Bengali, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish or Urdu languages. 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.

More than 5,200 students applied for the award.

The Council of American Overseas Research Centers (CAORC) and American Councils for International Education administer the CLS Program.

For more information about the CLS Program or other exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs, visit clscholarship.org or exchanges.state.gov.