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Congratulations to Andrea Eleazar, a 2023 Critical Language Scholarship recipient!

March 24, 2023

Congratulations to Critical Language Scholarship recipient Andrea Eleazar! The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is an intensive overseas language and cultural immersion program for American students enrolled at U.S. colleges and universities. Participants spend 8-10 weeks abroad over the summer, undertaking intensive language instruction and structured cultural enrichment experiences. Andrea will be traveling to Malang, Indonesia to study Bahasa Indonesia. We're so proud of her hard work and can't wait to see her adventures abroad!

Andrea EleazarAndrea Eleazar
public health '23

Andrea is a final year honors student pursuing a bachelor’s degree in public health, minors in bioinformatics and Asian studies, and a writing & publishing certificate. Her interests include social and nutritional epidemiology, urban health, sustainable food systems, and planetary health. A semester abroad in Singapore fueled Andrea’s desire to further explore the culturally diverse, biodiverse, and progressively urbanizing Southeast Asia region. She hopes to leverage her CLS Indonesian language gains domestically to improve health communications and address disparate cardiovascular health outcomes among Southeast Asian Americans, as well as internationally by eventually working for a global health organization.

On campus, Andrea is a Global Engagement Scholar, Community Scholar, SuperNova Undergraduate Research Fellow, Macy Undergraduate Leadership Fellow, and plays violin as concertmaster of the Symphony Orchestra. After CLS, she will begin her master’s degree in epidemiology at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health, ultimately working towards settling into her niche as a scientist, artist, and advocate.

Andrea has been involved in the Pennoni Honors College through the Honors Program, STAR Scholars, Aspire Scholars, SuperNova Undergraduate Research Fellows, UREP Ambassadors, and as an Undergraduate Research Mini-Grant recipient.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program offers intensive summer language institutes in 14 critical foreign languages. CLS is part of a wider government initiative to expand the number of Americans studying and mastering foreign languages that are critical to national security and economic prosperity. The selection process is administered by American Councils for International Education with awards approved by the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

To learn more, please visit the official Critical Language Scholarship website or email UREP at