Critical Language Scholarship Program | Support for Participants
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Support for Participants

Connect Before You Leave

As a CLS recipient, there are several ways to connect online with other current program participants, as well as CLS alumni and staff.

    Alumni Support Network

    One of the CLS Program’s most significant resources for assisting new participants is our deep pool of CLS Program alumni. Their diverse experiences on the CLS Program and the lessons they have learned are valuable tools that they can share with you. The Alumni Support Network exists to put you in contact directly with our alumni and includes our Alumni Resource Directories and Facebook pages.

    Alumni Resource Directories

    These directories – distributed by language – list alumni who have volunteered to speak with you about a variety of topics, both sensitive and routine. Directories will be provided to finalists in the months prior to the start of the CLS program. Please take advantage of this resource – our alumni are looking forward to sharing their experiences and answering your questions about everything from packing and staying mentally and physically healthy on the program to representing diverse perspectives and navigating identity abroad. You’re encouraged to refer to these directories and reach out to the alumni listed in them with pre-program questions as well as throughout your time abroad.

    If you have questions about the Alumni Support Network, you can reach out to the CLS Alumni Engagement Officer at clsalumni@americancouncils.org.

    CLS Arabic participants at Petra.