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Stacie Royster
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Students Will Receive $1,000 Stipend and Instruction in Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Korean or Swahili

Washington, D.C., April 6, 2006 -- Howard University’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures is now accepting applications for their Summer Institute, a foreign language program open to high school juniors and seniors as well as university students. The Summer Institute will offer instruction for up to 60 students in five less commonly taught languages, categorized at Howard University as JACKS -- Japanese, Arabic, Chinese, Korean, and Swahili. Instruction will be provided free of charge and upon successful completion from the Summer Institute, students will receive a stipend of $1,000 and up to one full year of foreign language credit.  Housing is not provided.

“Howard University is very excited to initiate the instruction of these languages which are rarely available to high school students,” said James Davis, Ph.D., chairman, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures.  “It is our hope that the exposure to these languages and cultures will not only give them an early competitive edge in their education and future professional careers, but also provide them with personal fulfillment.”

The six-week pilot program will run from June 19 through July 31, 2006 and will include five hours of daily instruction from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Students must be entering either their junior or senior year of high school or entering or enrolled at a college or university.   Applicants must have no prior language training in the language of their choice.

Applications are available online at the Center for Foreign Language Study’s website,, and are due by April 28, 2006.  Successful applicants will be notified of their acceptance by May 15, 2006.

“High school students typically learn French, Spanish or German,” said Davis, “but the world is rapidly changing and the Middle East, Africa and Asia are rapidly become more prominent in our global economy.  Learning one of the JACKS languages will expose these students to languages    not readily available to them in their current educational experience.”

Howard University, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures was awarded $992,004 from the United States Department of Defense to establish a Center for Foreign Language Study.  

Howard University is one of 48 U.S. private, Doctoral/Research-Extensive universities and comprises 12 schools and colleges. Founded in 1867, students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, a Truman Scholar, seven Fulbright Scholars and nine Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on-campus African-American Ph.D.s than any other university in the world. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University’s Web site at

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