Chapman University student William Ochoa ’18 has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study Japanese at the University of Shiga Prefecture in Japan.
“I’m incredibly excited to be immersed in Japanese society for two months,” Ochoa said. “I’m eager to bring that knowledge back with me to further my studies here at Chapman.”
The Critical Languages Scholarship (CLS) program helps high-achieving students master second languages while fostering community and relationships abroad. CLS scholars enjoy a fully funded summer of cultural and language immersion.
Ochoa is one of a select few nationally to be awarded the scholarship this year. He’s a mathematics major who’s minoring in Japanese studies. He plans to apply to the Japanese Exchange and Teaching Program after graduation.