Felix Liang ’16, a government and East Asian studies major from Boston, Mass., will study Chinese at Peking University in Beijing this summer as a Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholar. He is also investigating possibilities for an internship while in Beijing.

Liang was selected for the competitive Gilman Scholarship Program, which offers grants for U.S. citizen undergraduate students of limited financial means to pursue academic studies or credit-bearing, career-oriented internships abroad.

Such international exchange is intended to better prepare U.S. students to assume significant roles in an increasingly global economy and interdependent world. The program encourages students to choose nontraditional study and intern destinations, especially those outside of Western Europe, Australia, and New Zealand.

The congressionally funded program is sponsored by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs at the U.S. Department of State and is administered by the Institute of International Education. More than 2,700 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year.