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Six new instructors are teaching classes at UGA in languages the federal government deems critical for national security: Pashto, Urdu, Persian, Indonesian, Turkish and Bengali.

The instructors—from Pakistan, Afghanistan, Indonesia, Turkey and Bangladesh—are experienced teachers in their own languages and also fluent in English. The new classes are funded by the Foreign Language Teaching Assistant Program, sponsored by the Fulbright Program and the Institute of International Education in New York.

Although UGA already offers four years of courses leading to an Arabic major, interested students can take a full two years of classes in these additional languages, thereby fulfilling their language requirements. Even after having taken only one year of these languages, undergraduates will be in a position to obtain federally funded scholarships for study abroad in countries where these languages are spoken. Graduate students taking these languages in addition to their own field of study can receive federal scholarships for language study at UGA.

For more information, see the Boren NSEP scholarship program at http://www.borenawards.org.