Andrew Lyell, a University of Richmond senior from Chantilly, Va., has received his third Critical Language Scholarship to study the Bengali language in Bangladesh.

Lyell received one of the 575 very competitive scholarships, sponsored by the U.S. Department of State. More than 5,200 undergraduate and graduate students applied this year.

Recipients spend seven to 10 weeks in intensive study of languages considered critical to the State Department, such as Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Persian, Punjabi and others. Recipients will study in 14 countries where the languages are spoken. Lyell also studied Bengali under the program in 2010 and 2011. On those trips, he studied the language at least seven hours a day and learned about the country’s culture.

Lyell became interested in learning Bengali during a trip to Bangladesh while living in Japan for a year between high school and college.

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