Accepting your CLS Award

If you are selected as a finalist, you will have to decide whether you wish to accept or decline your CLS award, and you will be required to complete either the Accept or Decline Form through our online portal. If you chose to accept the award, your Accept Form will require you to confirm biographical information, as well as read through and agree to CLS’s Terms and Conditions. Once you have accepted your award, you will be able to access additional required forms through your online portal.

Please watch this video for more information about the forms CLS finalists are required to submit.

Medical Review Forms

CLS finalists are required to complete a medical review after accepting their award. The medical review process will require coordinating with one or more medical professionals, including specialists or mental health professionals, to complete the forms. Please note that it often takes time to get appointments scheduled, and you may need to make multiple visits to your provider(s) if any follow-up is required. Finalists seeking accommodations will be required to have a separate form completed by the Office of Disability Services at their university. Please be aware that Program Officers may need to follow up with finalists to ask questions or clarify information.

Official Transcript

CLS finalists are required to submit an official transcript from their college or university.

Housing Form

As a CLS finalist, you will be required to complete a Housing Form with information about your living preferences and dietary needs, as well as a letter introducing yourself to your host family or roommate. Your answers are used by program staff in the U.S. and at your program site abroad to place you in an appropriate housing situation. Please note that we will do our best to meet realistic housing requirements, but we cannot guarantee that we will be able to meet all your housing preferences.

Academic Credit Request and Waiver Form

Participants who successfully complete the CLS Program can receive academic credit from Bryn Mawr College. After accepting your CLS award, you will be required to complete an Academic Credit Request and Waiver Form, on which you can indicate whether or not you would like to receive academic credit for the summer program. Once you have submitted your form, your decision to request or waive academic credit will be final. You will not be able to rescind your academic credit request, nor will you be able to receive credit after you have waived credit.

Alumni will receive two units of credit, which in most cases is the equivalent of eight academic credit hours. If you requested academic credit, you should check with your college or university registrar prior to the program to determine if and how these credits may transfer back to your university. The CLS Program only awards undergraduate credit, regardless of a participant’s degree status.

Travel Information Form

All finalists will be required to complete a Travel Information Form where they list their starting and ending airports for travel on the CLS Program. The starting airport is where you will initially be leaving from prior to the pre-departure orientation in Washington, D.C., and the ending airport is where you’ll fly back to after the program ends. Although your starting and ending airports may be different, they must both be U.S.-based. CLS will arrange and fund your entire travel itinerary for the program, including travel between your U.S.-based departure city and Washington, D.C. for the pre-departure orientation, as well as group travel to and from your host country. Participants will travel to their respective host countries together with their cohorts after the pre-departure orientation.

The CLS Program will not cover the cost of flights to or from any non-U.S. destinations other than your program site, even if you are participating in other study-abroad programs or internships abroad before or after the CLS Program. If you wish to travel back to the region or another country after the CLS program, you will need to make separate arrangements for flights and visas. CLS will not cover any of these costs or assist in your flight or visa arrangements.

Please watch this video for more information about travel on CLS.