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Concordia Language Villages receives Qatari grant

Concordia Language Villages will receive $100,000 in grant funding from the Qatar Foundation International for student and educator Arabic programs. Funds designated for student use will support 29 scholarships for the Arabic Language Village for the two- and four-week programs.

“The need for Arabic speakers in the United States has never been greater,” says Patricia M. Thornton, director of Summer Programs for Concordia Language Villages. “We are pleased to partner with the Qatar Foundation International (QFI) to support the study and instruction of Arabic language and culture.”

Students interested in applying to be a QFI Scholar are encouraged to visit the Language Villages site at and click on the Arabic link in the Languages button drop-down menu. Teachers interested in professional development are encouraged to visit the Language Villages site at

Concordia Language Villages is a recognized leader in global education offering 15 world language programs, according to Thornton. The program attracts more than 10,000 youth, educators, and adults annually from all 50 states and more than 40 countries. Youth ages 7-18 and adults of all language experience levels can take advantage of on-site learning options ranging from a weekend to four weeks.

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