Political science major Billy McCue ’17 spent the summer in Indonesia after receiving a competitive Critical Language Scholarship (CLS), a fully-funded overseas language and cultural immersion program of the U.S. Department of State, Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. McCue, pictured above traveling the picturesque mountains of Indonesia, completed the intensive 8-week-long Bahasa Indonesia language program at Universitas Negeri Malang located in Malang, Indonesia, the second largest city in East Java.
After spending the fall of his junior year abroad in Jogja, Indonesia, McCue pursued a CLS in Indonesia in order to improve his language skills and reconnect with his own Indonesian heritage. For McCue, the opportunity to return to Indonesia through a CLS was both a rewarding experience and an indicator of his future goals.
“I want to work abroad and help solve problems that hurt Indonesia today. Indonesia is such an emerging, vibrant country and it is for that reason that I want to go back,” expressed McCue, who is currently applying for a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Indonesia.
Written by Grainne Fitzpatrick ‘17
Photos by Billy McCue ‘17