Tasneem Karim

2018 Critical Language Scholar

Tasneem Karim

Tasneem Karim

Tasneem Karim earned a 2018 Critical Language Scholarship. Karim 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.


“I am incredibly grateful to have been awarded the CLS. Attaining proficiency in Arabic speaking is one of my very important long-term goals. I really look forward to such an immersive cultural experience and time devoted solely to Arabic learning.”

Collegiate experience

  • Areas of Study:

    • Graduated May, 2018, from the College of Arts and Sciences with a degree in anthropology.
  • Additional Awards:

    • Brown Fellows Scholarship

Inspired By

Julie Peteet – Dr. Peteet’s mentorship throughout my time at UofL has been very impactful in my interest in studies and work related to refugees. Her course on cultures of the Middle East partially inspired me to pursue Arabic study.

Khaldoun Almousily – My first Arabic course was taught by Khaldoun. His energy and excitement about the language further inspired me to continue my studies in Arabic and his encouragement throughout the process of applying to programs such as CLS has been wonderful.

Hometown information

  • Hometown:

    Louisville, Kentucky
  • High school:

    duPont Manual High School (2014)
  • Parents:

    Selina and Md Karim of Louisville