Nada Kaissieh

2018 Critical Language Scholar

Nada Kaissieh

Nada Kaissieh

Nada Kaissieh earned a 2018 Critical Language Scholarship. Kaissieh will travel to Tangier, Morocco, to study Arabic at the Arab American Language Institute.

The Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program is a summer overseas language and cultural immersion program for American undergraduate and graduate students fully funded by the State Department. The program aims to broaden the base of Americans studying and mastering critical languages and build relationships between the people of the United States and other countries.


“This award has allowed me to partake in one of the greatest forms of education, travel. CLS may last two months, but the impact of this program will last a lifetime. CLS has added so much joy to my life, and has introduced a new form of depth to my learning.”

Collegiate experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Expects to graduate May, 2021, from the College of Business with a degree in economics and from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in neuroscience.

Inspired By

Without the tremendous support and endless encouragement from Professor Khaldoun Almousily, this award would have been just a dream. I am truly grateful to Professor Almousily for pushing me out of my comfort zone and for introducing me to opportunities that have added so much to my life. Professor Almousily's enthusiasm for the language, as well as for his students, is evident in the way he teaches the Arabic language; he shows each student that they are capable and worthy of achieving the most beautiful things in life, no matter how difficult.

Hometown information

  • Hometown:

    Bardstown, Kentucky
  • High school:

    Thomas Nelson High School (2017)
  • Parents:

    Rana and George Kaissieh, both of Louisville