Critical Language Scholarship Program | Radhika Arora
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Radhika Arora

From a young age, I became inter­est­ed in learn­ing lan­guages and explor­ing the cul­tur­al dif­fer­ences that shape the way we think about the world. The CLS Pro­gram solid­i­fied those inter­ests and inspired a clear career path­way for me.”

Rad­hi­ka Arora’s inter­est in the Mid­dle East start­ed when she was select­ed for a sum­mer intern­ship pro­gram with the U.S. Depart­ment of State as an under­grad­u­ate stu­dent at the Uni­ver­si­ty of North Car­oli­na at Chapel Hill. On the Iraq Desk, she worked on pro­grams for Iraqi youth and pro­fes­sion­als, which sparked her inter­est in the Ara­bic language.

The fol­low­ing sum­mer, Rad­hi­ka interned at the Depart­ment of State again, but this time at the U.S. Embassy in Amman, Jordan.

It was great to have the oppor­tu­ni­ty to work in Amman in my inter­est areas like eco­nom­ic devel­op­ment, renew­able ener­gy, and refugee issues. It was the first time I was able to prac­tice Ara­bic in an immer­sive envi­ron­ment, and it set me up well for the CLS Program.”

The fol­low­ing sum­mer, Rad­hi­ka joined 25 oth­er stu­dents from across the Unit­ed States to study Ara­bic in Mek­nes, Moroc­co on the CLS Program.

The CLS Pro­gram cement­ed my inter­ests in social impact and learn­ing lan­guages. I know I will con­tin­ue to cul­ti­vate rela­tion­ships abroad by learn­ing lan­guages, and I am for­ev­er grate­ful for the oppor­tu­ni­ties the CLS Pro­gram gift­ed me.”

Now Rad­hi­ka is a Busi­ness Ana­lyst at Deloitte, a multi­na­tion­al pro­fes­sion­al ser­vices net­work. In her free time, she is a part of the Deloitte Lan­guage Ini­tia­tive, a group to pro­mote lan­guage learning.

Our Ara­bic group has around 20 par­tic­i­pants, many of whom are native Ara­bic speak­ers. Our firm has a pres­ence in the Mid­dle East North Africa (MENA) region, so this group con­nects us on a deep­er lev­el to the chal­lenges we address, envi­ron­ments we oper­ate in, and peo­ple we work with.”

In 2019, Rad­hi­ka trav­eled to Cam­bo­dia to sup­port anti-human traf­fick­ing NGOs by facil­i­tat­ing work­shops and cul­ti­vat­ing cross-cul­tur­al rela­tion­ships. She is pas­sion­ate about social and eco­nom­ic jus­tice, and is moti­vat­ed to con­tin­ue to trav­el abroad with Deloitte’s inter­na­tion­al programs.

Radhika and her host family in Meknes, Morocco


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Meknes, Morocco

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Posted Date

January 02, 2020