Flyer for language immersion programThe Funded Grant

In academic year 2023–24, IUP received nearly $1 million from the National Centers of Academic Excellence in Cybersecurity to establish a pilot program for cybersecurity students to develop language foundations and proficiency in Chinese. The program consists of two components. The first is a 10-week summer camp to be offered in summer 2024 and will involve immersive and innovative experiences for all participants. The second component is a series of online follow-up activities throughout AY 2024–25 to emphasize the knowledge and skills developed during the summer camp.  

Project Summary

"An Innovative and Immersive Chinese Language Pilot Summer Program for Cybersecurity College Students," led by Waleed Farag, program director, and Shijuan Liu, lead instructor,  has a goal of helping develop cybersecurity professionals with listening and writing proficiency in Chinese. The program will implement an engaging blend of activities that include small-group sessions, one-on-one tutoring, competitive exercises, and real-world projects.  The program will include 15 participants and offer both online and in-person experiences.

Language Immersion Program

Program Details

  • The 10-week summer camp will begin with two weeks of online instruction and activities, followed by eight weeks of in-person experiences in Indiana, PA, and Linthicum, MD, with other activities planned for surrounding cities.

  • During AY 2024–25, program attendees will participate in a series of synchronous and asynchronous engaging online activities to continue building on the foundation language knowledge and skills developed during the summer camp.

  • For additional information, download the program:


  • The program is entirely free for participants, including lodging, travel, and meals.

  • A stipend of $6,000 for program and follow-up activity completion.

  • Opportunities to practice speaking/writing Chinese in the real world.

  • Fun and exciting cultural activities and experiences.

  • Attendance of a conference in Maryland in which all participants will be introduced to various cybersecurity careers requiring proficiency in language and have the opportunity to meet with representatives from the DoD and other federal partner organizations

How to Apply

To apply for this program, complete the online application. Requirements for admission include the following:

  • Application NEW deadline is December 15, 2023.

  • Must be enrolled in a cybersecurity program at an accredited US-based institution of higher education, with sophomore or junior standing during AY 2023–24. Seriously interested freshmen might also apply. 
  • Preference will be given to applicants with prior knowledge of the Chinese language. 
  • Must be a US citizen or permanent resident.

  • Must commit to completion of both components of the program: the summer camp and the online follow-up activities. 


Please contact the program director, Waleed Farag, at with any questions.